Biotechnology Giant Amgen Invests in USF's Diversity Initiatives Program with New Gift

March 26, 2019

Amgen, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, has made an international impact by utilizing cutting-edge science and technology in search of life-saving therapies for those suffering from serious diseases.

Amgen has also made an impact in another important area: as a leader in staff diversity and inclusion initiatives by continuing its commitment to diversifying its workforce around the globe. This priority has led to a new partnership with the University of South Florida.

Amgen opened its Tampa location just over a year ago. To commemorate its first anniversary, Amgen made a $25,000 gift to USF’s Diversity Initiatives Program, spurred by USF’s own efforts to promote diversity. It marks the first major gift from Amgen’s Tampa site to a university program. This gift is intended to help create additional programs for USF scholars.

“This gift is so meaningful, not only because it is the first gift of its kind from Amgen’s Tampa site, but because it is an affirmation of the commitment we at USF have toward promoting diversity initiatives,” said USF’s Assistant Director of Development and Diversity Initiatives Luz D. Randolph, Ed.D., ’06 and ’08. “We couldn’t be more honored or excited by Amgen’s support of our work.”

Amgen wanted to make a gift aligned with its values and corporate commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the company identified USF as an ideal fit in that regard for a gift that will support professional development programming.

“It was an easy decision for Amgen to partner with USF,” said Felicia Harvey, corporate affairs lead in Amgen’s Tampa office. “This gift is important because USF is a significant contributor to our region’s talent pool and places a high priority on diversity and inclusion just as we do at Amgen. Our partnership will provide meaningful engagement opportunities for our local Employee Resource Groups and a stronger connection between USF and Amgen.”

Amgen, which already employs USF graduates, wanted to make a gift that would serve as a catalyst in student career development. “It’s important that students get the money they need to get in and through college, but we also want to make sure they’re receiving professional development training as part of their education,” added Harvey. “We want them to be prepared to enter the work force when they graduate.”