Esports & Education: How HBCUs are Leveling the Field

Friday
Jun. 4, 2021
12:00pm – 4:00pm ET
The Wilson Center’s Serious Games Initiative, with leadership from Johnson C. Smith University, invites you to a virtual program with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) leaders to discuss the state of esports on campuses. The program also includes esports play demonstrations from Cxmmunity’s NBA2K league play and Microsoft’s Minecraft: Education Edition hackathon with HBCU and D.C. Public School students. This event is part of the 2021 and 8th Annual ED Games Expo, a showcase of game-changing innovations in education technology supported by programs across government.

Background

Millions of people worldwide participate in the growing phenomenon of esports, the activity where video games are played competitively, much like traditional sports. Thousands of students nationwide are participating in esports, both in K-12 and the collegiate scene. Yet how esports is fitted into educational environments varies. Esports in education can range from treating it as part of the athletics program, an extracurricular activity, a community-based effort, or aligning it to core curriculums.

What remains consistent is the lack of diversity for both those who play esports and the spaces in which esports occur. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are trying to change this by supporting the growth of clubs and teams on their campuses; creating curriculums around esports and promoting academic success; and reaching beyond their campus to support young K-12 students.

This programming will focus on how HBCUs are engaging with esports: What does it mean to “do” esports today for HBCUs? What is informing the shape of esports programming on HBCU campuses, and what does the future hold for esports? How can we make esports more diverse? In doing so, we hope to highlight ways to build capacity by showing what is needed to launch an esports program.

Learn more and RSVP.

 

Program Highlights

 

Welcome

Ambassador Mark Green

President, Director, & CEO, Wilson Center

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

Chair, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology 

 

Introduction

Elizabeth M H Newbury

Director of the Serious Games Initiative

 

Panel: No One Way To Build Esports Programs on HBCU Campuses

Esports is a growing industry projected to be worth $4.28 billion by 2027 and HBCUs are taking a range of approaches on how to bring this industry to campus. In this panel, we will hear from a range HBCU leaders and learn how they are building capacity and launching esports programs. Key questions we will address are: what are the different ways to bring esports programs to campus? What are some of the common barriers to building capacity, and how have panelists mitigated them? What is needed to lay the foundation for a successful esports program?

 

Speakers

Kevin James

President, Morris Brown College

Sedika Franklin

Associate Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Laura Colson

Appointed: Vice President of Academic Affairs, Bennett College; Current: Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Johnson C. Smith University

Julian Waddell

Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems; Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Center, OU Launchpad; Oakwood University

 

Moderator

Elizabeth M H Newbury

Director of the Serious Games Initiative

 

Play Session: NBA2K Presented by Cxmmunity

The NBA2K league play session is presented by Cxmmunity. Cxmmunity is a nonprofit based out of Atlanta, GA that is committed to increasing participation in minority esports through STEAM development. Tournament and league play this year has taken place virtually, connecting students across HBCUs under the flagship of HBCU esports. At the event, participants of the league play and founders of Cxmmunity will talk about this experience and show footage of esports play.

Panel: Crafting Esports and Gaming Programs for Academic Success

One critical way that esports are being leveraged on campuses is to support academic success. Esports can touch every major academic area, from 21st century skills to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Programs can offer direct opportunities for workforce development, supporting students as they go into the gaming industry and esports; teaching students STEAM skills like coding, or sports and entertainment management skills. But this is just the beginning: programs can also bridge the gap with more “traditional” forms of academic success, applying it across all disciplines. The sky is currently the limit, and this panel will focus on not only where HBCUs are now, but where they hope to go with esports.

 

Speakers

BerNadette Lawson-Williams

Professor of Sport Management; Advisor of Esports and Gaming Management Program, Johnson C. Smith University

Robbie Melton

Associate Vice President, SMART Global Technology Innovation Center; Graduate Dean; Tennessee State University

Christopher Turner

General Manager and Head Esports Coach at Southern University and Southern University Laboratory School

 

Moderator

John Cash

Associate Professor at Johnson C. Smith University; Chief Business Development & Education Officer at Cxmmunity

 

Play Session: Minecraft EDU HBCU Esports Hackathon: Building Community Through Connection

For the Minecraft HBCU Esports Hackathon, students from across 20 HBCUs are competing to build their school’s “Yard” as the arena within Minecraft: Education Edition. D.C. Public School students will play on the final arenas as part of the program.

 

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Virtual HBCU Week Conference-- 2020 The Perfect Decade to Accelerate HBCU Competitiveness

National HBCU Week 2020: The Perfect Decade to Accelerate HBCU Competitiveness – builds on the momentum of past conferences that have exposed, cultivated, and nurtured. Now, we are putting it all together, offering a unique experience, substantially structured around deal-making between HBCUs, the Federal sector and non-Federal public and private partners.

Secretary DeVos Delivers Nearly $1.4 Billion in Additional CARES Act Relief Funds to HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions, and Colleges and Universities Serving Low-Income Students

APRIL 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that nearly $1.4 billion in additional funding will be directed to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), as well as institutions serving low-income students to help ensure learning continues during the coronavirus national emergency. This funding is part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump less than five weeks ago.

“This Administration is committed to the success of HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions, and the students they serve. Each institution is unique and is an important part of this country’s educational fabric,” said Secretary DeVos. “By providing additional support to these important institutions, we can help ensure they emerge from this crisis stronger than before. I encourage these institutions, like all others, to use these funds to provide emergency grants to students during this challenging time, and to expand remote learning programs and build IT capacity. These are challenging times, but if we take this opportunity to transform higher education to meet the demands of the 21st century, our nation’s students and higher education as a whole will be better for it.”

Institutions may use this funding to cover the cost of technology associated with a transition to distance education, grants to cover the costs of attendance for eligible students, and faculty and staff trainings. Additionally, funds may be used to cover operational costs, such as lost revenue, reimbursements for prior expenses, and payroll.

These additional funding allocations to MSIs, including HBCUs and TCCUs, and institutions eligible for the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) represent 7.5 percent of overall HEER funds, or around $1 billion. This funding is provided on top of the primary HEER Fund allocation announced earlier in April. HBCUs, for example, will collectively receive an additional $577 million through the awards announced today. That amount is on top of the $353 million amount that the Department allocated to HBCUs through the HEER Fund earlier in the month. TCCUs will receive over $50 million in this round of HEER funding, bringing the total allocation to TCCUs under the fund to $65 million.

The HEER Fund also sets aside 2.5 percent of the HEER Fund ($349 million) to address the greatest unmet needs related to the coronavirus, giving priority to schools that have not been allocated at least $500,000 from the fund. The Department is deploying these funds to ensure that every eligible public and private nonprofit institution will receive at least $500,000 in CARES Act relief funding.

In order to access these funds, eligible institutions must sign a Certification and Agreement certifying that they will use their allocations in accordance with the CARES Act and all other applicable federal law. Schools have until Aug. 1, 2020, to apply for the funds. The Certification and Agreement, a cover letter, and the HEER Fund allocation tables by institution are available on the Office of Postsecondary Education’s CARES Act website.

The Department has taken quick action to support higher education students from the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Colleges and universities were given immediate regulatory flexibility so students’ educations could continue online. Under the leadership of President Trump, the Department also provided student loan relief to tens of millions of borrowers by setting all federally held student loan interest rates to zero percent and allowing borrowers to defer payments for 60 days without interest. The CARES Act extends those benefits to six months. The Department also stopped all federal wage garnishments and collections actions for borrowers with federally held loans in default. Additionally, the Department made $6.2 billion available for emergency cash grants for higher education students, followed by $6.2 billion allocated to higher education institutions to ensure learning continues. The Department also disbursed $7 million to Gallaudet University and $13 million to Howard University in accordance with the CARES Act, which allocated this funding to help these unique institutions address the challenges associated with the coronavirus.

The Department continues to update www.ed.gov/coronavirus with information on COVID-19 for students, parents, educators and local leaders.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the following websites:
coronavirus.govcdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, and usa.gov/coronavirus.

2020 HBCU Week Exhibitor Application Now Available

2020 NATIONAL HBCU WEEK CONFERENCE

SEPTEMBER 20-24, 2020| Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, Washington, DC

Exhibitor space will be limited. 

2020 HBCU Week Exhibitor Application

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Exhibiting at the conference provides an opportunity for a company, agency or organization to exhibit products, services and organizational opportunities.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Complete the Exhibitor Application in its entirety.
  2. Save the form using your organization’s name.
  3. Submit the form by email to oswhi-hbcu@ed.gov, Subject line: 2020 HBCU Week Conference Exhibitor Application no later than May 17, 2020.

Visit Exhibitor Information Page for additional details and eligibility.

HBCU Week: Federal Agency Meet and Greet

All registered conference attendees are invited to participate in the first annual Federal Agency Meet and Greet. The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Initiative) will host this networking event to provide attendees with the opportunity to meet members of the Federal Interagency Working Group (IWG). The IWG consists of over 30 federal agencies that have formal partnerships with the Initiative.


This event will allow attendees to build a professional support network for their institution by connecting with federal agencies and their staff who can provide guidance, intra-agency connections, updates on agency activities and technical assistance support. This event will also provide attendees with the opportunity for increased visibility with agencies they are excited to learn more about and aspire to work with.

We encourage you to use this occasion as an opportunity to get to know the federal community and what is has to offer!

*Conference Registration Required

Federal Cultural Funding Opportunities for HBCUs

Do you want to learn more about applying for federal arts/cultural/humanities grants or other funding opportunities for your university or research?

Will you be in Washington D.C. for the 2019 HBCU annual conference? Do you want to know more about applying for federal arts/cultural/humanities grants or other funding opportunities for your university or college?

Get the inside scoop straight from three federal agencies that offer grants, on how YOU can increase successful applications for funding opportunities.

Attend Dream It – Achieve It: Federal Cultural Funding Opportunities for HBCUs, a day-and-a-half workshop hosted by Arts and Humanities agencies.

WHEN: September 10: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM & September 11: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
WHERE: Meeting Room 16, Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St., NW, Washington, DC 20001

Workshop attendees are invited to attend an exclusive tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture – BEFORE the museum is open to the public!

At the workshop you will:

  • Learn about the various funding opportunities available within the arts/cultural/humanities sector at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Learn how to address challenges in obtaining funding in these fields.
  • Hear success stories of recent grant awardees.
  • Find out about career opportunities for students in arts and humanities majors.
  • Learn how to prepare successful grant applications during one on one question and answer session.

Register for this workshop when you register for your sessions at the conference!

HBCU Week Student Leadership Summit

Are you currently an enrolled student or recent graduate of a HBCU?

Join us at our student leadership summit as a student delegate participating in professional development, career area sessions, and career opportunities!

For more information contact Elyse Jones, elyse.jones@ed.gov or oswhi-hbcu@ed.gov 

HBCU Week 2019 Industry Day

Are you an HBCU and want to know how to win Federal
Government contracts?
National HBCU Week 2019 Industry Day
Event and Matchmaking Session
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Renaissance Hotel
Grand South
999 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC

 

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National
Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of the Treasury for the
Inaugural HBCU Industry Day.

This is your opportunity to have in-person conversations with Federal and
industry leaders about potential contract opportunities!

All approved representatives of HBCU Sponsored Programs Offices,
Research, Title III, Grants Administration, or Governmental Affairs Divisions are encouraged to attend!

Join us for face-to-face conversations about procurement between HBCUs,
Federal Agencies, and Prime Contractors.

By participating in this event, you will obtain access to federal acquisition
and program officials as well as potential industry teaming partners.

To Register
Register to attend the 2019 HBCU Week Conference and Sign-up for HBCU Industry Day Event and Matchmaking when you select your sessions.

For More Information
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NIH Small Business Program Office

If you require reasonable accommodations, please send an email to the point of contact listed above.

 

HBCU Week Room Block Update

Cutoff date for group rate: August 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm EST or when the block is full.

Room nights remain available on Sunday, September 8 and Monday, September 9.

The room block for the night of September 10th is sold out at the conference rate.

Due to competing events in the DC Metro Area, it is likely that hotel rates will exceed that of the National HBCU Week Conference.  Individuals wishing to stay will be quoted a higher rate for the additional day(s). We encourage you to take advantage of the government rate for September 8 and 9, while available.

You may call the reservations line at 1-800-393-2505, or just the main reservations line at 1-888-236-2427. Group Code: 2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The conference will take place on September 8-10, and a bonus day- September 11th has been added.

September 11th Activities:

  1. HBCU Federal Industry Day
  2. Current Student and Recent Alumni Career Fair
  3. Day 2 of the Federal Cultural Workshop
  4. Meeting of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs

 

Save the Date: 2019 HBCU Week Conference

2019 National HBCU Week Conference

Save the Date, 2019 HBCU Week Conference, Enhancing HBCU Competitiveness: Student Achievement, Quality Partnerships and Institutional Performance, September 8-10, 2019

White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference

Enhancing HBCU Competitiveness: Student Achievement, Quality Partnerships and Institutional Performance

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September 8-10, 2019

Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel

999 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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