Howard University remains attentive to the disproportionate number of African Americans that have not reached the executive office or other related professional positions within multinational hospitality corporations. According to a report published by the Castell Project in 2020,
Black executives represent 1.5 percent of hospitality industry executives at the director level or above on company websites which is 12.5 times below their proportionate share of hospitality industry employment…Korn Ferry reports that black people hold 5 percent of executive positions across all industries and four percent of executive positions at S&P 500 companies.
Since 1995 the number of business degrees conferred to African American collegiate students nearly doubled, yet there have not been significant advances to reach parity throughout the professional workforce at the most prominent institutions representing the industry. The US Census Bureau 2020 estimates that Blacks represent 13.4 percent of the US population, demonstrating there is not an equitable representation of people of color earning degrees and subsequently ascending in the most profitable industries and subsectors.