Peace Corps Teams Up with The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities for East Coast Tour

Peace Corps Teams Up with The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities for East Coast Tour


WASHINGTON, D.C., October 13, 2016 – This fall, the Peace Corps has partnered with The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and several other federal agencies to launch a two week tour of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the East Coast that will inform students about opportunities to live, learn, and work with communities overseas. As part of the tour, the Peace Corps will travel across eight states in the Peace Car to join the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and USAID in speaking with students, faculty and graduates about international service at 15 HBCU campuses.

During the tour, the Peace Corps will join administrators at Savannah State University on October 31 to officially launch the university’s Peace Corps Prep program

                                    The Peace Car

The Peace Car will be stopping at the campuses listed below. To keep track of its travels at Howard University and Savannah State University, follow the Peace Corps on Snapchat at the username peacecorps.

Fall 2016 HBCU Peace Car Tour:

Thursday, October 20, 2016 – Cheyney University in Cheyney, PA

Friday, October 21, 2016 – Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD
Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD

District of Columbia
Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Howard University in Washington, DC
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – Howard University in Washington, DC

Sunday, October 23, 2016 – National HBCU Conference in Arlington, VA
Monday, October 24, 2016 – National HBCU Conference in Arlington, VA
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – National HBCU Conference in Arlington, VA
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA

North Carolina
Thursday, October 27, 2016 – North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC

South Carolina
Friday, October 28, 2016 – Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 – Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, FL
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 – Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL
Thursday, November 3, 2016 – Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL

Saturday, October 29, 2016 – Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA
Monday, October 31, 2016 – Savannah State University in Savannah, GA
Friday, November 4, 2016 – Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA
Monday, November 7, 2016 – Spelman College in Atlanta, GA
Monday, November 7, 2016 – Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA
Monday, November 7, 2016 – Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA

About the Peace Corps:  The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook  and Twitter.


NSF Update – HBCU involvement in INCLUDES

Please find below information about the involvement of ten HBCUs in five of the 37 recently-announced NSF INCLUDES awards. INCLUDES is: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science, a new initiative that aims to improve access to STEM education and career pathways at the national scale, making them more widely inclusive to underserved populations. Over the next decade, NSF will expand the program, with the goal of developing a science and engineering workforce that better reflects the diversity of U.S. society. (Press release:


Capacity Building Grants for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad!

Study abroad is a transformative experience that provides young Americans with the skills and knowledge they need to contribute to a global society, solve global challenges, and compete in a global economy; however some U.S. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) lack the capacity to offer this opportunity to undergraduate students.

Here is an opportunity for HBCUs “study abroad.”


NSF – ADVANCE Program Technical Assistance Webinar – September 21, 2016

The National Science Foundation’s  ADVANCE program is designed to foster gender equity through a focus on the identification and elimination of organizational barriers that impede the full participation and advancement of all women faculty in academic institutions. Organizational barriers that inhibit equity may exist in areas such as policy, practice, culture, and organizational climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards. Policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could mean that women and underrepresented minorities are evaluated less favorably, perpetuating their underrepresentation and contributing to a climate that is not inclusive.

Below are links to the new ADVANCE solicitation and information about a technical assistance webinar scheduled for September 21, 2016.

ADVANCE Partnerships pre-proposal Technical Assistance Webinars

Sep 21, 2016 2:00PM to Sep 21, 2016 3:00PM Web Ex

The ADVANCE program office will hold a pre-proposal technical assistance webinar on the ADVANCE Partnership track described in the ADVANCE solicitation 16-594.

The Partnership track will support partnerships of two or more non-profit academic institutions and/or STEM organizations to increase gender equity in STEM academics.  Projects should have national or regional impact and result in systemic change within one STEM … More at

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)



Webinar: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), September 9, 1:00-2:30pm EST

In collaboration with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), HRSA will host a webinar on September 9, 2016, from 1:00pm – 2:30pm (Eastern Time).  This is an effort to build understanding about HRSA programs, highlight the agency’s support to minority serving institutions, and enhance knowledge about grant opportunities and the grants process.  


Webinar for Minority Serving Institutions (HBCUs and HSIs)

Please use this URL to participate in the webinar:


Adobe Connect: 

Call-in #:  888-469-2092 // Passcode:  6016443

Date and Time

September 9, 2016 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm




Webinar with the Federal Bureau of Investigation!!!

Save the Date!

Tuesday, August 23rd from 10AM-12PM EST

Join WebEx meeting

Join the webinar by clicking here: White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities/FBI Safety Webinar

To join the conference call by phone, dial (415) 655-0003

Meeting number (access code): 641 800 929   

Meeting password:  bD4JujDH

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) has been hosting a series of webinars to educate Historically Black Colleges and Universities on the grants and resources available to them throughout the federal government.

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 the initiative will co-host a webinar with the FBl’s Office of Partner Engagement (OPE) and DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs. OPE builds bridges, creates new partnerships, and strengthens and supports relationships with state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement. OPE serves as the FBl’s primary liaison for the law enforcement community, representing the perspectives of chiefs, sheriffs, and law enforcement associations within the FBI. The OPE also manages outreach programs, including FBI support to state and local Fusion Centers, along with the Countering Violent Extremism, Active Shooter, and Police Executive Fellowship programs. The office implements national-level initiatives and strategies which support engagement, communication, coordination, and cooperation efforts with law enforcement, intelligence, and public agencies and partners in a continuous effort to enhance the FBl’s capabilities.

The FBI plays a critical role in enforcing campus safety, public safety and providing other resources to HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions. This webinar will highlight the FBl’s resources and support they provide for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Attendees will gain an understanding of how their work, needs and research match available FBI opportunities.

Date: August 23, 2016 Time: 1OAM-12PM EST

White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Announces Third Class of HBCU All-Stars

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities announced today that 73 students from across 63 HBCUs have been named as the 2016 HBCU All-Stars. The All-Stars, comprised of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, are being recognized for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.

“During the course of one academic school year, the 73 All-Stars will distinguish themselves as exemplars of the talent that HBCUs cultivate and as noble ambassadors of their respective institutions,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “The Initiative is looking forward to working with this third class of All-Stars and is confident this opportunity will allow the Initiative to meaningfully connect with HBCU students and advance academic excellence at their schools.”

Over the next year, the students will serve as ambassadors by providing outreach opportunities and communicating with other students about the value of both education and the Initiative as a networking source. Using social media, relationships with community-based organizations, and sessions with industry professionals, the students will share proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential. They will also participate in the White House HBCU Week Conference, national and regional events, and webinars with Initiative staff and other professionals on a range of disciplines that support a spirit of engagement and personal and professional development.

“We’re looking forward to working with this new class of HBCU All Stars,” said Deputy Under Secretary of Education and Acting Executive Director White House Initiative on HBCUs Kim Hunter Reed. “Our goal is to provide a unique opportunity for these talented students that exposes them to critical national conversations and thought leaders. No doubt they will make their mark and represent their campuses well.”

The All-Stars were selected from over 300 students from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Ghana, Nigeria, and the Virgin Islands. They will work together and as a group and network with one another to achieve their goals.

NOTE TO EDITORS:  Below is a list of the 2016 HBCU All-Stars, in alphabetical order by hometown state, the school they attend and the school’s location.


Birmingham – JerAnthony Colvin, Talladega College, Talladega, Ala.

Catherine – Shannon Baldwin, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College, Huntsville, Ala.

Tuscaloosa – Jasmine Lavendar, Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Ala.


Opelousas – Russell Williams, Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark.


Los Angeles – Paris Adkins-Jackson, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md.

Riverside – Breanna Lumpkin, Lane College, Jackson, Tenn.


Norwalk – Andre Earls, Wiley College, Marshall, Texas


Brittney Young – Howard University, District of Columbia


Fort Lauderdale – Kennedy James, Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va.

Miami Gardens – Dominique Nicholson , Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, Fla.

Miami – Kiara Johnson, Houston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas

Tampa – Victoria Harrison, Bethune Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Fla.


Albany – Angelica Howard, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.

Albany – Chelsea Basley, Albany State University, Albany, Ga.

Atlanta – Jarell Jordan, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga.

Atlanta – Gabriel Carter, Oakwood University, Huntsville, Ala.

Atlanta – Alicia Montgomery, Savannah State University, Savannah, Ga.

Dehli – Vishal Singh, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Ga.


Abednego Commey, Tougaloo College, Tougalo, Miss.


Chicago – Ashley Reid, Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga.

Chicago – Christopher Simpson, Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Fla.


Baton Rouge – Kalaia Tripeaux, Southern University Agricultural and Mechanical College, Baton Rouge, La.

Mount Hernon – Karla Martin, Xavier University, New Orleans, La.

Rustonm – Endiah Green, Grambling State University, Grambling, La.


Baltimore – Wanda Parks, Coppin State University, Baltimore, Md.

Beltsville – Benjamin Webster, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Md.

Fort Washington – Ashleigh Williams, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.

Lanham – Donovan Blake, Bowie State University, Bowie, Md.

Silver Spring – Rachel Kenlaw, Howard University, Washington, D.C.


Detroit – Michael McGee, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.

Detroit – Tiffany Brockington, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Detroit – Vester Waters, Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, Miss.

Oakland Charter Township – JaMon Patterson, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.


Madison – James Griffin, Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss.

Lamar – Savahn Jordan, Rust College, Holly Springs, Miss.

Raymond – Sabrevian Davis, Hinds Community College, Raymond, Miss.


Blue Springs – Alexis Pulliam, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.

Kansas City – Jeanna Johnson, Dillard University, New Orleans, La.

St. Louis – Jabreia Taylor, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Ky.


Las Vegas – Joselyn Miller, Alabama State University, Montgomery, Ala.


Freehold – Edgar Ortiz, Delaware State University, Dover, Del.

Turnersville – Pearis Bellamy, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.


Brooklyn – Destiny Modeste, Paul Quinn College, Dallas, Texas

Staten Island – Brianna Fugate, Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga.


Temilade Aladeniyi – North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.


Concord – Paul McGee, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, N.C.

Durham – Tremell Parker, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N.C.

Durham – Asheley Taylor, Bennett College, Greensboro, N.C.

Fayetteville – Kenya Glover, Livingstone College, Salisbury, N.C.

Fayetteville – Terrance McNeil, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Fla.

Henderson – Niya Brooks, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, N.C.

Lexington – Deja Young, North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.


Akron – Britney Gibbs, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio


Muskogee – Nicholas Simon, Langston University, Langston, Okla.


Boothwyn – Anitra Jackson, Cheney University of Pennsylvania, Cheney, Pa.


Aynor – Malcom Shealer, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn.

Orangeburg – Kingsley Uche, Claffin University, Orangeburg, S.C.

Orangeburg – Quinn Smith, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S.C.


Memphis – Janeisha Harris, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn.

Memphis – Jasmine Dean, Rust College, Holly Springs, Miss.

Memphis – Kimble James, LeMoyne Owen College, Memphis, Tenn.


DeSoto – Wendon Blair, Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins, Texas

Houston – Kaleb Taylor, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas

Houston – Sekia Wyatt, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas

Manville – Elijah Sharpe, Lincoln University of Missouri, Jefferson City, Mo.

San Antonio – Damon Lake, St. Phillips College, San Antonio, Texas

Texarkana – Stacy Roberson, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.


Bristow – Chayse Lavallais, Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University, Prairie View, Texas

Newport News – Ravin Vick, Norfolk State College, Norfolk, Va.

Norfolk – Na’eem Wilkins, Shaw University, Raleigh, N.C.

Richmond – Danielle Ebelle, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va.


Bluefield – Michael Bennett, Bluefield State University, Bluefield, W.Va.


St. Kitts – Joash Liburd, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Kitts, UVI


Fayetteville State University is the first academic partner of the Global Special Ops Forces Foundation

Fayetteville State University

First Academic Partner of The Global Special Operations Forces Foundation

The Global SOF Foundation has announced that Fayetteville State University (FSU) has joined the Foundation as its first academic partner. The Global SOF Foundation (GSF) is the only association for the special operations community with members from over 50 countries. GSF advocates for all aspects of Special Operations Forces development, employment, and sustainment in the fight to defeat globally networked threats. The GSF leads an international effort to increase understanding of Special Operations; advance SOF capabilities; and responsibly promote the role of Special Operations by strategically linking public and private sector initiatives. Through this partnership with GSF, Fayetteville State University has an opportunity to contribute uniquely to America’s safety and well-being.