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.”


Beginning a Career with the FBI

Discover an insider’s perspective on FBI operations while gaining unparalleled experience with our Honors Internship and Visiting Scientist Programs, or begin a career directly after graduation with our Collegiate Hiring Initiative.

Programs Include:

Honors Internship Program

The Honors Internship Program is a 10-week, paid internship for college undergraduate and graduate students. While exploring our exciting career options, students work side-by-side with FBI employees at our Washington, D.C. area headquarters locations, or in field offices around the country. Open to a wide range of academic areas, this internship offers experiences students can’t find anywhere else.

The Honors Internship Program application for Summer 2017 opens August 26 and closes October 14, 2016.
Click here for the Honors Internship Program application.


Collegiate Hiring Initiative

The FBI’s Collegiate Hiring Initiative recruits graduating seniors or individuals who have graduated with an undergraduate, graduate, or PhD degree to begin their careers in an organization that offers opportunities like no other. Students must graduate or have graduated between December 2014 and September 2017.

From supporting squads and operations to analyzing business processes and ensuring security, recent graduates help support a huge part of the FBI’s mission. The Collegiate Hiring Initiative also gives recent graduates the chance to explore and transition into the many exceptional career paths the FBI has to offer, as well as into other opportunities within the federal government and private sectors.

Applications for the Collegiate Hiring Initiative open August 26 and close October 14, 2016.



Visiting Scientist Program

The Visiting Scientist Program gives applicants the chance to work within the FBI Laboratory, one of the largest and most comprehensive crime labs in the world. Since 1982, the Laboratory’s Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit (CFSRU) has welcomed university faculty, postdoctoral fellows, recent graduates, and undergraduate and graduate applicants, and given them a unique work experience. Applicants work with state-of-the-art equipment to conduct laboratory and/or computer research and participate in forensic science research initiatives for one to five years.
To see more information, click here.

To learn more about all of the programs within the FBI, click here:


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)



NEH Invites You To Attend Their 50th Anniversary Conference: “Human Times” in Charlotte, VA

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency of the U.S. government, established by the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

In honor of NEH’s 50th anniversary, they will be holding a major humanities conference, called “Human Times”, in Charlottesville, VA from September 14-17.  The conference is free and aimed at the general public (including students).   The conference is designed to be a forum showcasing the many ways in which the humanities address contemporary issues –war, race, the environment, technology, and many more.

Please visit the website for an overview of all of the speakers and panels:   The final event will be a public summit held at Monticello on Saturday, September 17 — “Memory, Mourning, Mobilization: Legacies of Slavery and Freedom in America” —   Major speakers will be a powerful example of the humanities in action and also provide a preview of sorts for the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture (which happens one week later).

For more information, please visit:


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