By Melissa Noel· Updated September 21, 2022
The annual National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Week Conference kicked off in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, September 20.
This conference aims to address the barriers that HBCUs face while also amplifying their contributions. This year, the three-day conference will honor those important contributions HBCUs have made to this country and their critical role in advancing America’s global competitiveness.
HBCUs have produced 40 percent of all Black engineers and 50 percent of all Black lawyers in America. Seventy percent of Black doctors in our country attended an HBCU and 80 percent of Black judges are alumni of these schools.
“HBCUs have a proud legacy of creating doors of opportunity where none previously existed and providing students of color with an education grounded in affirmation, inclusion, and excellence,” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a statement.
“The Biden-Harris Administration will continue to champion bold investments in HBCUs so that they can expand their research capacity, prepare students for opportunities in today’s most cutting-edge fields, ensure the safety of their campus communities, and continue raising the bar for equity, excellence and inclusion,” Cardona added.
— White House HBCUs (@WHI_HBCUs) September 21, 2022
The HBCU conference is organized by the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This initiative works with the President’s Executive Office on key administration efforts related to advancing educational equity and economic opportunity through HBCUs, in partnership with leaders, representatives, students and alumni of these institutions.
During the conference, members of President Biden’s Cabinet, federal agency officials, private sector executives, and financial aid experts will meet with the HBCU community. There will also be a career fair.
This year’s event, the first in-person conference since 2019, is expected to draw over 2,000 in-person attendees and 1,500 virtual attendees, including HBCU presidents and chancellors. This year, more than 25 federal agencies will participate.
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