We believe in the fair treatment of people of all backgrounds and promoting equitable opportunities for all.
Our work focuses on three key pillars, driving community change, advancing social justice and addressing inequity in science education. To date, we have donated over $10.5 million uniquely in pursuit of these goals, while our science education programs operate based on the principle of equitable access for all.
In response to the murder of George Floyd, we partnered with the Amgen Black Employee Network and other Employee Resource Groups to deepen our commitment to racial justice and equal opportunity. To date, this initiative has resulted in millions of dollars awarded to nearly 100 different nonprofits across the United States. We are proud to support LabXchange in developing two new learning clusters to raise awareness of racism. Developed in collaboration with leading scholars and experts, these materials will address racism as a public health crisis and provide inclusive and antiracist teaching strategies.
In our day-to-day operations, we continue to focus on embedding racial equity across our science education programs and community grantmaking. For example, the Amgen Biotech Experience reaches a significant number of high-needs schools in historically underserved communities, while online platforms, Khan Academy and LabXchange allow teachers and students everywhere to access high quality educational resources, free of charge. Similarly, when awarding annual community grants, we place a high emphasis on their ability to address social inequities and disparities.
Our ultimate goal is increase diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in science education.
We support a number of initiatives working to address racial disparities in science education.
A snapshot of our progress towards social justice and equity initiatives
Although many Black and Latino students aspire to go to college and are interested in STEM subjects, very few are enrolled in AP STEM courses.
“The Amgen Foundation’s grant support will help us assist our community members who have been continually abused and exposed to inequitable conditions caused by the racial and social justice travesties that have been facing the South Los Angeles area for decades.”