Lenovo donates $13K in tech to Elizabeth City State University for command van upgrades

Elizabeth City State University. (ecsu.edu)

Lenovo, a Fortune Global 500 technology company, has donated $13,000 in technology to Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) to update its Emergency Management Command Van. The donation stems from the school’s recent partnership with Lenovo for the Work For Humankind initiative. 

The ECSU Command Van serves an important role in not only exposing students to the latest in technology to solve real world problems, but help serve the community with projects such as research, disaster response, public education and more.

“For Lenovo to upgrade the van with new technology greatly enhances the opportunities for the students to learn and to help our communities be more resilient to disasters while encouraging the students of the future to consider careers in the Aviation and Emergency Management fields,” said Dr. Kevin Kupietz, chairperson of ECSU’s Department of Aviation and Emergency Management.

ECSU received five of each of the following from Lenovo to upgrade student stations:

The donation was part of Lenovo and ECSU’s partnership on Work for Humankind, Lenovo’s campaign to change how people work, for good. For the campaign’s activation in Lenovo’s home state of North Carolina, students from ECSU were equipped with cutting-edge Lenovo technology – from devices to solutions and services – to enable them to complete coursework while making a three-week-long trek along North Carolina’s longest trail: the Mountains-To-Sea Trail. While on their journey, students stopped in the Outer Banks, Burgaw, and Cherokee Region to work on local conservation projects alongside local leaders and Lenovo employees.

Lenovo’s Work for Humankind kicked off last year when ambitious volunteers had the opportunity to make a positive, long-lasting difference on Robinson Crusoe Island, off the coast of Chile, whilst working from one of the most remote offices in the world. Leveraging Lenovo technology, these volunteers donated their professional skills while working their regular jobs completely remotely to support vital conservation efforts led by Island Conservation and the Robinson Crusoe Island community.

Changing the Face of Conservation

The North Carolina activation of Work For Humankind is among several initiatives led by Lenovo that aims to strengthen the ties between the technology sector in North Carolina and the state’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. A National Park survey found just 6% of National Park visitors are Black, while 77% are white. Through Work For Humankind, Lenovo and Elizabeth City State University are changing the face of conservation by including underrepresented groups in efforts to solve complex environmental issues of our time.

Work Hybrid Like Never Before

True to its vision of leading and delivering smarter technology for all, Lenovo recognizes that technology is pivotal in creating the flexibility to fulfil workers’ and students’ desires to have a remote work environment while concurrently enabling them to participate in activities that better the planet.

About Lenovo’s Work For Humankind Project

In December 2021, Lenovo launched Work For Humankind – a bold initiative that allowed volunteers to make a positive, long-lasting difference within an island community, while working from one of the most remote, tech-enabled offices in the world. Now, Work For Humankind is coming to North America.

In addition to the North Carolina activation on the Mountain to Sea Trail, Lenovo is also partnering with non-profit Friends of BirdLife International to create a custom van that acts as a mobile lab and protects wildlife through birdsong collection, in which volunteers will live and work while road tripping through the United States and Canada. 

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$62 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #217 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 77,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s largest PC company by further expanding into growth areas that fuel the advancement of ‘New IT’ technologies (client, edge, cloud, network, and intelligence) including server, storage, mobile, software, solutions, and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and smarter future for everyone, everywhere. To find out more visit https://www.lenovo.com, and read about the latest news via our StoryHub.