CLEMSON — Clemson University is partnering with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to help underrepresented students in high school and at Clemson pursue careers in the health care fields.

Many people working in the medical field will tell you their jobs are very rewarding, but statistics show a lagging number when it comes to people of color working in the industry.

“The term underrepresented minority (URM) has historically been used to describe those identifying as black/African-American, Latino/Hispanic and Native American,” said Chad Richardson, interim director of Clemson University Health Professions Advising. “Considering this classification, these individuals make up around 30 percent of the American population and growing. Yet among health professional fields, students and professionals identifying as URMs hover roughly around 10 to 15 percent, respectively.”

Clemson Health Professions Advising, Tiger Alliance, the College of Science and MUSC developed the initiative Mentoring and Advising Through Collaborations in Healthcare (M.A.T.C.H.) to give students access to information, resources and support to help them determine the path they would like to take in the health care field.

There will be an introduction to M.A.T.C.H. 6-8 p.m. Friday at Clemson’s Brackett Hall. Admissions representatives and students from MUSC colleges will be there to advise students about pathways to health care fields.

Students in all majors and high school students in the area are invited.

“We invite all students of all majors and health care interests to come hear valuable information and advice from current and future panelists, advisers and their peers,” Richardson said.