UA diversity initiatives receive support from Mercury Plastics


Mercury Plastics, a division of Masco, supports diversity initiatives at The University of Akron. Mercury has been an ardent supporter of the Women in Engineering and IDEA’s programs since 2019 when they established the Mercury Plastic Scholarship. Their scholarship offers financial support to exceptional students in the Women in Engineering and Increasing Diversity in Engineering Academics programs at UA.

attendees of the Black Male Summit pose for a photo

Mercury helped to create and fund a tutoring program for students in Modern Languages, furthering their support for higher education. This program provides tutorial support in Modern Languages to culturally diverse students as they work towards degree completion. This opportunity will better train and equip tutors to serve students, as well as encourage more students to attend tailor-made tutoring sessions in their first-year courses. These sessions will be modeled around students’ schedules, which will bring them closer to the students who need the assistance. As a result, students gain better comprehension and knowledge retention continuing into their second-year studies of the language.

Additionally, Mercury’s gift will support the Black, Brown and Beyond Male Summit planned for April 8-9, 2022. This event will serve as a national platform to discuss and share innovative strategies with the primary aim of enhancing educational, career, business and networking opportunities for Black male students, faculty, and staff on colleges campuses.