A thriving community is defined by more than just fiscal success; rather, this type of rich community offers benefits, resources, and support that assists its citizens, helping them flourish and ultimately succeed. That said, community is one of the key components that exemplifies the HBCU experience. HBCU campuses do more than merely survive; they thrive, and not just alone.
The Grio offers a compelling story of a high school student’s brush with prom night disaster from a last-minute cancellation by a make-up artist, and how a campus apartment in the Thurgood Marshall Complex turned into a full-salon to help a sister make it to the dance on time.
Delaware State University will continue to train African American boys for careers in STEM, thanks to an extension of the university’s partnership with Verizon’s Innovative Learning Program.
Players and officials from the National Football League will announce today a new partnership to establish community advocacy opportunities and platforms, and Morehouse College as host for a signature initiative in this new program – a social activism bootcamp.
The league will put its stamp on federal legislation in the wake of protests for equality
The story was broken last week by Howard University alum and ESPN pro football reporter Jim Trotter, who detailed elements of the Morehouse bootcamp proposal and talks between the NFL commissioner’s office and the NFL Players Association, which led to a joint endorsement of legislation calling for reform in criminal sentencing for nonviolent offenses.
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) October 17, 2017
Scheduled to be held in February 2018, the bootcamp will invite professional athletes across multiple sports and leagues to dialog about advancing equity in underrepresented communities on criminal justice and sociopolitical engagement.
Players and owners in the NFL are meeting today to discuss several issues connected to recent pregame protests, which players in the majority African American league believe have been contorted by rhetoric from President Donald Trump, who has called for players to be fired for kneeling during the national anthem.
It is the latest in engagement between the NFL and historically black colleges and universities, which in recent years has yielded Super Bowl tributes to Pro Football Hall of Fame members who graduated from black colleges, HBCU alumni being named as full-time referees, and sports management training pipelines from HBCUs to the NFL and other professional leagues.
Fisk University last week debuted its campus-based Center for Financial Advancement, a community resource which will help students and employees of the university and members of the Nashville metropolitan area with financial planning and awareness.
As part of its mission, the Center for Financial Advancement seeks to provide education in the areas of money management, credit management, and homeownership while also providing education and career preparatory opportunities to position participants for careers in the mortgage industry.
“It’s important that we seek opportunities to educate our students, staff, and members of the community about non-traditional, highly lucrative fields where minorities continue to be underrepresented,” said Kevin Rome, Sr., Ph.D., president of Fisk University. “As consumers who engage in the banking and mortgage industry, minorities should equally benefit from the wealth that is created by the industries. This partnership will hopefully lead to a model that funnels more minorities into careers that benefit our community and the American economic engine.”
The Center, developed through a partnership between the university and a coalition of banking and nonprofit partners, will offer educational opportunities on credit management and homeownership, while also offering training for careers in mortgage banking. From a release:
At a glance, the Center for Financial Advancement will provide:
- An annual series of five seminars conducted jointly by HomeFree-USA, and mortgage banking leaders.
- The curriculum will include banking and savings basics, mortgage lending, student loan debt, homeownership, credit reports, overall financial capability, and most importantly, enriching information about mortgage industry opportunities.
- Students who complete the entire series of seminars will receive a Certificate of Financial Readiness signed by the leading sponsors.
Alabama State University officials minutes ago announced a partnership with the American Red Cross to shelter evacuees from Hurricane Irma target areas in the university’s Acadome athletic complex.
The arena will be available to admit displaced residents from Florida and other areas beginning at 6:00 p.m. In a release, school officials applauded the Red Cross, Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and ASU community members for quickly readying the facility as a refuge from the historic storm.
“We are allowing the Red Cross to use the ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome Concourse as an official Hurricane Irma shelter, where they may house those who need shelter and assistance from what may be this century’s most catastrophic storm,” Alabama State Interim President Leon Wilson said. “While the Red Cross and EMA personnel will be in charge of the process, the University community will be present to welcome the victims and assist in making ASU their home away from home.”
Hurricane Irma has ravaged parts of the Caribbean and is expected to make landfall in Florida this evening. It is the second major hurricane to hit the southeastern United States in two weeks, following Hurricane Harvey’s massive impact on Texas and Louisiana.
Hurricane Irma made landfall this week in the Caribbean as one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded. Here is a guide to The New York Times’s coverage of the Category 5 storm as it sweeps toward Florida. Our live briefing is following the developments by the minute, and keeping track of the rising death toll.
Baltimore City is expanding its small business creation imperative to base more than 10,000 new start-up companies in the area, and the city’s flagship historically black university is serving as a lead partner in the educational training for new entrepreneurs.
Morgan State University is an institutional partner in the 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, a $10 million program launched by the State of Maryland, Baltimore City, Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of a growing network of states working to spur job creation nationwide.
Morgan, along with Johns Hopkins University and the Community College of Baltimore County, will deliver business management and entrepreneurial training in finance, accounting and negotiating to program participants.
University President David Wilson called the initiative a natural expansion for the city’s industrial goals and higher education’s role in spurring economic growth.
“Bringing this program to Baltimore is great for our city and will support its continued success in producing entrepreneurs,” said Morgan President David Wilson. “As an anchor institution, Morgan is committed to the city’s economic growth and development. We are honored for the opportunity to participate in this important public-private partnership and work collaboratively to move Baltimore forward in meeting that goal.”
The Hampton University Business Incubator closed Friday after 17 years as city funding stopped, the director said.
The incubator at 6 W. County St. in Phoebus helped mentor small business owners in starting and growing their businesses in addition to providing business-related workshops to the public. Incubator director J.R. Locke sent an email earlier this week announcing the closure and thanking the city and small business owners for their support and participation.
We speak with St. Augustine’s University President Emerita Dianne Suber about the recent meetings between the White House and HBCUs. We also speak with North Carolina A&T alum and STEMly co-founder Devon Rollins, and with Maryland Technology Development Corporation executive McKeever Conwell and Harbor Bank Community Development Vice President Calvin Young about a new startup initiative with potential impact for HBCU students and alumni.
Howard University hosted a Cancer Moonshot Initiative forum on campus in June, becoming the first historically black university to host a national dialog on increased research in a growing coalition of health care professionals, schools, and communities working to cure cancer.