Federal and National Opportunities Week of February 19th

Making Equity Real: Creating Career Pathways and Good Jobs in the Arts

We are excited to invite you to “Making Equity Real: Creating Career Pathways and Good Jobs in the Arts” an event on Wednesday, February 28th at the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, DC in honor of Black History Month.

 

The Department of Labor will host a discussion celebrating this year’s national theme of Black History Month, “African Americans and the Arts” focused on the importance of good jobs, equity and job quality in the arts, particularly for Black workers. In this conversation, we’ll address the critical role that unions play in achieving equity for workers of color in this industry.

 

The event will include remarks from Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su, National Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D., a panel of working artists, performers, and leaders, and more! In addition to a speaking program and panel, this event will feature artistic presentations and an opportunity to network and mingle with individuals playing a role in moving this work forward.

 

What: “Making Equity Real: Creating Career Pathways and Good Jobs in the Arts” in honor of Black History Month

When: Speaking program 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET, art gallery and mingling 2:30-3:00 PM ET on Wednesday, February 28th

RSVP: Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP here by February 26th to reserve a seat.

 

See flyer invite for more information: OPE_BHM-Eventbrite.

You are welcome to share this invite with other interested parties.

Federal and National Opportunities Week of February 12

U.S. Department of the Interior

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Small Business Program is hosting an event “How to do Business at DOI,” on Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. ET. at the Main Interior Auditorium, 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240.

 

The purpose of the event is:

 

  • to provide a platform for DOI Bureaus and Offices to connect with small and disadvantaged businesses whose capabilities align with our requirements.  The information gathered is used to inform future market research and contracting strategies, and
  • to provide small and disadvantaged businesses with an opportunity to engage with DOI representatives who are directly involved in DOI procurement.

View the flyer Small Businesses Event for additional information.  Please spread the word!

 

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A.T.I. Summer Leadership Training Program

Students can apply for the A.T.I. Summer Leadership Training program. Please review the application, which opened on Monday, January 22, 2024, and closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 22, 2024.  Interested students can complete the Nomination form and the above application before the deadline.

 

For more information, view the flyer:

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Office of Personnel Management Webinars

 

Pathways Programs for Students and Recent Graduates Find & Apply (Students & Recent Graduates)

Thu Feb 15, 2024 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST

 

https://buytickets.at/officeofpersonnelmangement/1151891

 

Online, Microsoft Teams

This free virtual (online) presentation explains and introduces you to the Pathways Programs (Internships, Recent Graduates and Presidential Management Fellows (PMF). The Information presented covers what each program offers to the job seeker, the basic requirements and employment potential after each program is complete.

 

 

Pathways Programs for Students and Recent Graduates Find & Apply (Students & Recent Graduates)

Thu Feb 22, 2024 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST

 

Online, Microsoft Teams

This free virtual (online) presentation explains and introduces you to the Pathways Programs (Internships, Recent Graduates and Presidential Management Fellows (PMF). The Information presented covers what each program offers to the job seeker, the basic requirements and employment potential after each program is complete.

 

https://buytickets.at/officeofpersonnelmangement/1153239

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FEMA 2024 Summer Internship Program for HBCUs and MSIs

 

FEMA is recruiting students from Historically Black Colleges & Universities and Minority Serving Institutions for the 2024 summer internship program. The FEMA HBCU and MSI Internship Program is an effort to recruit and hire students with a diverse background and provide an opportunity for qualified under-represented students to work alongside highly skilled professionals at FEMA.

The summer internships are located in Atlanta, GA (FEMA Region 4), Lakewood, CO (FEMA Region 8) and Washington, DC (FEMA HQ). The application period is open from Feb. 13 – 29. FEMA will select participants between Mar. 5 – 18 and the internship will start mid-May.

Those interested in participating should send their resume, current unofficial transcript(s) that show name of university/college, degree program, current enrollment, GPA and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation to fema-hbcu-msiinternships@fema.dhs.gov by Feb. 29, 2024. Subject line MUST read: FEMA HBCU MSI Summer Program 2024 and all application materials, including transcripts, must be in English.

View the fact sheet to share with potential candidates.

FACTSHEET 2024 HBCU & MSI Summer Internship Program

To learn more, please visit HBCU and Minority Serving Institutions Summer Internship Program | FEMA.gov.

 

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U.S. Agency for Global Media

The U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) is one of the largest international media agencies in the world. We broadcast to over 100 countries in 63 different languages on multiple media platforms.  Our mission is to inform, engage and connect the people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.

We are an Independent Federal Agency.

If you are interested in becoming a part of an exciting, multi-media, multi-cultural organization, check out the below links and apply!

Federal Positions:

 

 

Click here to view more federal USAGM positions.

We also have multiple grantee network and personal services contracting positions available:

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Art and Healing

The White House Initiative on HBCUs invites you to participate in our virtual program, Art and Healing, on February 16th 2:00pm-3:30pm. This two-part program will first showcase two student filmmakers and their films focused on mental health. The second part of the program will switch gears to a panel from the Department of Health and Human Services to address mental health resources from a funding perspective for HBCUs and direct services for the students on these campuses. The audience this program are students, faculty, and staff from the HBCU Community.

 

Learn more about the program here: Art and Healing Flyer

 

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Career Opportunities Across the National Park Service

Please review the career opportunities below with the National Park Service. These opportunities are Open to the Public and Career Transition representing an excellent pivot into the gateway of Federal Government and NPS Service. Share and distribute to your network and program participants. For our college and university partners, all are posted to Handshake Network.

Construction Control Representative, Handshake #8678702

Location: Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Application Dates: 2/9/24 – 2/16/24, or the first 50 applicants, apply as soon as possible.

Salary: $86,962 – $113,047 per year

  • Role: Lead construction and preservation projects, ensuring they meet our high standards for quality and heritage conservation. Engage with a multi-disciplinary team to bring our visions to life.

Full Requirements: View Job

 

Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Handshake #8674963

Location: Lowell, MA

Application Dates: 2/8/24 – 2/15/24

Salary: $81,963 – $106,549 per year

  • Duties: Implement and oversee comprehensive safety programs, conduct inspections and training, and play a critical role in ensuring a safe working environment.
  • Full Requirements: View Job

 

Cultural Anthropologist (Remote), Handshake #8671973

Open to applicants anywhere in the US, with up to 25% travel
Application Dates: 2/9/24 -2/16/24 or the first 75 applicants, apply as soon as possible.
Salary
$59,966 – $77,955 per year, depends on duty location

  • Engage with tribal communities, manage cultural databases, and contribute to ethnographic research. A unique chance to work remotely while making a tangible impact on preserving cultural heritage.
  • Full Requirements: View Job

Visual Information Specialist, Handshake #8678821

Locations: Hawaii, at Volcanoes National Park and Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

Application Dates: 2/12/24 – 2/19/24

Salary: $62,517 – $81,272 per year

  • Key Responsibilities: Enhance our digital presence through website and app development, collaborate with diverse professionals to create engaging media products, and leverage Adobe Creative Suite for dynamic print and digital designs.

Full Requirements: View Job

Be sure to use a qualifying federal resume or use the resume builder, we suggest the following:
U.S. Office of Personnel Management – YouTube – Navigating USA Jobs
https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/resume-handout-508-compliant.pdf

Your Benefits (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

 

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Department of Transportation Notice of Funding Opportunity

DOT has posted a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for its Mobility Equity Research Initiative that seeks to advance research and technologies that support the Department’s goal of expanding accessibility and mobility to underserved communities, including people with disabilities, older Americans, and rural and disadvantaged communities. Bringing together progress in enabling technologies like telecommunications, data analysis, and clean energy with innovations in connectivity, business models, and service design creates new opportunities for people to get where they need to go.

 

DOT is seeking proposals that will produce research results and tools that build on or complement existing data and systems such as those found here. DOT has allotted $2.9 million to be awarded to institutions of higher education.

 

Applications are due by March 5.

For additional information or questions, please contact EquityResearch@dot.gov by no later than February 27, 2024.

 

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In celebration of Black History Month, Commissioner Shana M. Broussard of the Federal Election Commission will host a panel discussion, “Bringing Our Seat to the Table: Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of Black Women Leaders,” on Wednesday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the agency hearing room at 1050 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20463. This is the third year Commissioner Broussard will host an event to mark Black History Month, but the first time panelists will gather entirely in person! Please join Commissioner Broussard and her guests — Keren Charles Dongo, former State Director, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine; Roxanne Brown, International Vice President at Large, United Steelworkers; and Leah Hill, Legislative Director, U.S. Senator Cory Booker — as they discuss their experiences in the halls of Congress, on the campaign trail, and in organized labor. The event will also be livestreamed.

 

Please visit the event page for information about how to register, and feel free to share with your networks.

 

Thank you.

 

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Federal Election Commission: “Bringing Our Seat to the Table”

In celebration of Black History Month, Commissioner Shana M. Broussard of the Federal Election Commission will host a panel discussion, “Bringing Our Seat to the Table: Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of Black Women Leaders,” on Wednesday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the agency hearing room at 1050 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20463. This is the third year Commissioner Broussard will host an event to mark Black History Month, but the first time panelists will gather entirely in person! Please join Commissioner Broussard and her guests — Keren Charles Dongo, former State Director, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine; Roxanne Brown, International Vice President at Large, United Steelworkers; and Leah Hill, Legislative Director, U.S. Senator Cory Booker — as they discuss their experiences in the halls of Congress, on the campaign trail, and in organized labor. The event will also be livestreamed.

 

Please visit the event page for information about how to register, and feel free to share with your networks.

 

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U.S. Department of Transportation

 

Funding Opportunity Title: MOBILITY EQUITY RESEARCH INITIATIVE
Funding Opportunity Number:

Amount:

Type:

Eligibility:

MOBIL-EQU-RES

$2.97 million

Cooperative Agreement

Institutes of higher education and 501(c)3 nonprofits

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/351698

 

 

Millions of Americans have few or no transportation choices. The design of our cities, towns, suburbs, and neighborhoods, and investments in transportation infrastructure heavily influence peoples’ access to mobility choices. Decisions that federal, regional, state, local, and Tribal governments have made— including ones made decades ago—have shaped our current transportation landscape and as a result, in many parts of the United States driving a personal vehicle is the only mobility option. These decisions have also often caused disproportionate environmental and health impacts on low-income, minority, and underserved communities and deprived them of investments in accessible, affordable, low-carbon transportation options.

 

Research and technology advancements are needed to address these longstanding mobility inequities. Bringing together progress in enabling technologies like telecommunications, data analysis, and clean energy with innovations in connectivity, business models, and service design creates new opportunities for people to get where they need to go, when they want to get there, safely and at a price they can afford. Research and development of such technologies can expand access and improve mobility for all Americans.

 

Through this NOFO, U.S. DOT seeks to advance research and technologies that support the Department’s goal of expanding accessibility and mobility to underserved communities, including people with disabilities, older Americans, and rural and disadvantaged communities. Further, U.S. DOT is seeking proposals that will produce research results and tools that build on or complement existing data and systems such as those found on https://equity-data.dot.gov/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal and National Opportunities Week of February 5th

U.S. Department of the Interior

 

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is excited to announce its inaugural training event. The objective of this webinar is to enhance the knowledge and understanding of our HBCU colleagues regarding the available funding opportunities, which can support them in their mission of providing high-quality education to their students.
Let’s create a better tomorrow through education!

Learn more about the program here: DOI HBCU Webinar

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Art and Healing

The White House Initiative on HBCUs invites you to participate in our virtual program, Art and Healing, on February 16th 2:00pm-3:30pm. This two-part program will first showcase two student filmmakers and their films focused on mental health. The second part of the program will switch gears to a panel from the Department of Health and Human Services to address mental health resources from a funding perspective for HBCUs and direct services for the students on these campuses. The audience this program are students, faculty, and staff from the HBCU Community.

 

Learn more about the program here: Art and Healing Flyer

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U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

This HBCU Fourth Friday, we will be highlighting Tuskegee University, FAA Tuskegee University Alumni and general university information. Please join the FAA on February 23 from 4-5 p.m. EST to celebrate TU! During this forum, students, faculty, industry professionals and more will have the opportunity to network, chat and share information on all things HBCU and shine a special light on TU!

Click here to register in advance for this Zoom meeting: https://faavideo.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsceurqzsuGNxNk-J_v3GnfTSUKLdTvzo

Our FAA social media handles are below:
Instagram: @faa [instagram.com]
Twitter: @FAANews [twitter.com]
Facebook: @FAA [facebook.com]
LinkedIn: Federal Aviation Administration [linkedin.com]

Please put on your HBCU/FAA or collegiate gear, check out our social media platforms and we will see you at the end of the day!

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U.S. Department of Energy

How to Do Business with the Government: Contracts, Grants, and Cooperative Agreements for MSIs, TCUs, and HBCUs

When: Thursday, February 29, 2023 from 2:00 – 4:00pm EST

Come learn how Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) can do business with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Government at large. All levels of experience with financial awards and contracts are welcome.

This is part of the FY24 Educational Engagement and Training Series.

REGISTER

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Transatlantic Program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Climate Action

The STEM and Enterprise Learning and Understanding New Career Horizons (STEM & Enterprise LAUNCH) program offers students and faculty from all HBCUs the opportunity to spend up to 14 days in Germany on an immersive study tour experience that includes meetings with leaders in industry, research, academia, business, and government. Cultural and historical visits complement the program. Students from HBCUs who are majoring or minoring in fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or business are eligible to apply. This program enables participants to launch their international careers through cultural immersion and professional networking. Knowledge of German is not required.

The program is funded by the Transatlantic Program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Climate Action, offsetting costs for participants significantly.

Please note that the application deadline for this year’s program, taking place May 12 – 25, 2024, is February 11, 2024.

Please direct program-specific questions to Patricia Pahlke (she/her) at Cultural Vistas’ Europe office: ppahlke@culturalvistas.eu

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Department of Education, Federal Student Aid

The White House Initiative on HBCUs invites you to join the Department of Education, Federal Student Aid for two webinars about the new 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®️) Form.

HBCUs are consistent produces of academic and professional excellence, that provide students from a range of backgrounds, especially low-income and first-generation students, the opportunity to obtain higher education. That’s why we’re hosting these workshops to help people better understand the new form.

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Title: HBCU Info Session: New 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Date: Monday, February 12, 2024
Audience: Parents
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Eastern Time

On Monday, February 12, our first webinar is a great opportunity for parents and guardians of current and prospective HBCU students to learn best strategies to complete the new form, and changes to the financial aid process. You can register for this event using the link below.

You must pre-register at https://intellor.webex.com/weblink/register/r3eaa7903b336c3579c87ace744fd84ae

Title: HBCU Info Session: New 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Audience: Students & Faculty
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Eastern Time

On Wednesday, February 14 the White House Initiative on HBCUs is inviting students to join the Department of Education, Federal Student Aid for a free webinar about the new 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®️) Form.  Learn best strategies to complete the new form, and changes to the financial aid process.

Pre-Registration is required: https://intellor.webex.com/weblink/register/rc28c34a837594702b568efef0eb2b8c0

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Fiscal Year 2024 Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program

 

To apply click here https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/352057

 

Description:  Acts of targeted violence and terrorism are often preventable occurrences.  American communities continue to be vulnerable to these threats- forms of violence that impact our collective sense of security and freedom as Americans.  The Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) strengthens our country’s ability to prevent targeted violence and terrorism nationwide, through funding, training, increased public awareness, and partnerships across every level of government, the private sector, and in local communities.  The TVTP Grant program provides financial assistance, training, and resources to eligible applicants.  These grants enable recipients to develop sustainable, multidisciplinary TVTP capabilities in local communities, pilot innovating prevention approaches, and identify prevention best practices that can be replicated in countries across the country.

 

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HBCU National Center Summer Housing

 

Calling all HBCU students with secured summer internships! Scan the QR code or click on the link below to complete the HBCU National Center Summer Housing Interest form.

Applications open on March 1st, 2024. Don’t miss out on this opportunity – complete the form now to receive application information on March 1st.

Link: https://lnkd.in/gikBkmTf

Make sure you secure your summer plans!

2024 African Americans & the Arts: HBCU Edition

Join the Initiative and its esteemed federal and private partners this African American History Month in a jubilant celebration of African Americans and their profound contributions to the arts. Delight in the HBCU Edition, where throughout February, a rich tapestry of virtual and in-person events awaits, thoughtfully crafted to resonate with the vibrant HBCU community. Explore the calendar below for registration links and detailed event information.

Calendar for BHM

HBCU History in Photos- Video Series

Federal and National Opportunities Week of January 29th

The U.S. Forest Service

 

Are you a university faculty member passionate about environmental issues and fostering diversity in the field? The U.S. Forest Service Overseas Environmental Experience Faculty Fellowship (FORSEE), a unique fellowship program from the U.S. Forest Service and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is your gateway to a transformative year of learning and impact.

Gain hands-on experience tackling real-world environmental challenges through site visits to community-based conservation projects in Latin America, Africa/Middle East, Asia, and the United States. Expand your network by building connections with international academics, practitioners, and USAID personnel. Develop your expertise with virtual workshops on professional development, grant writing, and DEIA practices.

FORSEE empowers you to:

  • Make a global difference: Contribute your knowledge and insights to international development projects, shaping a more sustainable future.
  • Boost your knowledge and teaching: Infuse your curriculum with fresh perspectives and field experiences, inspiring your students.
  • Become a leader in diversity: Champion inclusive practices in your institution and advance underrepresented voices in the environment and international development field.

Join a competitive 12-month program with up to 30% time commitment and receive comprehensive support, including travel, professional development, and mentorship.

Ready to take your career to new heights? Apply today!

Learn more here: Forsee Flyer

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Department of Transportation

DOT is offering $2.97 million through its new Mobility Equity Research Initiative, which seeks to advance research and technologies that support the Department’s goal of expanding accessibility and mobility to underserved communities, including people with disabilities, older Americans, and rural and disadvantaged communities. DOT is seeking proposals that will produce research results and tools that build on or complement existing data and systems such as those found on https://equity-data.dot.gov/. This competition is open to institutions of higher education, public research entities, 501(c)3 nonprofit research entities, and consortia thereof. Applicants must be established and located in the United States or its territories or on Tribal lands. Applications are due by March 5, 2024.

 

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National Job Shadowing Day

Job shadowing allows recent/current undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to learn about the plethora of careers in the arts within the federal government.

What is the event?

This is a career readiness education and exploration initiative to expose students to the world of federal service. Job shadowing is a strategic effort to connect students’ college curriculum with the real world through hands-on experiences to ignite students’ curiosity for a career they might not have even known existed.

Learn more about the event here: National Job Shadowing Event

 

 

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U.S. Department of Energy Opportunities

Student Program (arpae-summit.com). Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is seeking to diverse its internship pool of technical, scientific, business, and policy students.  The ARPA-E Summit will be held May 22-24, 2024, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center near Dallas, Texas. The ARPA-E Summit convenes leaders from academia, business, and government to discuss cutting-edge energy technologies, facilitate relationships to move technologies to market, and showcase innovations that solve current and future energy challenges. The application deadline of February 4, 2024.

 

  • Graduate-level students interested in energy and innovation are invited to apply to the Summit’s Student Program. The Student Program includes student-focused panels sessions, networking events, and the opportunity for students to have their resumes included in a digital book that will be made available to companies attending the Summit. All accepted students will receive complimentary conference registration. More information about the Student Program can be found here and the Student Program fact sheet can be found here.

 

  • Students accepted to the Student Program will be invited to participate in the third annual Proposing Ideas for Technologies that Can Harness Energy Sustainably (PITCHES) session. Selected students will present a five-minute pitch to their peers and a panel of industry representatives, who will provide feedback and ask questions. PITCHES is a unique opportunity for students to showcase innovative and novel energy ideas in a semi-formal setting in front of like-minded peers and industry representatives. The deadline to apply to PITCHES is March 22, 2024. More information about PITCHES can be found here.

 

Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP) Notice of Funding Opportunity: The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has published the Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) DE-FOA-0003285 on grants.gov and fedconnect.net. This NOFO invites new or renewal grant applications from consortia partnerships consisting of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) with a focus on building and supporting the workforce capacity of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE).  Successful applications will address:  Expanding scientific and technical knowledge in Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, Engineering, or Nuclear Security

 

  • Providing experiential learning opportunities for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related disciplines.

 

  • Building and strengthening research and education capacities of participating institutions.

 

  • Promoting collaborations with the Department of Energy (DOE) NNSA Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE).

 

The due date for applications is June 15, 2024, by 11:59 PM EST.  See the NOFO for guidance on additional application due dates and review cycles. For more information on the NOFO process, NNSA will host three webinars. Webinar details can be found on the Notice of Funding Opportunity on grants.gov and fedconnect.net.

 

Risk Management Tools & Technologies (RMT) Funding Opportunity Announcement: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $70 million in funding to support research into technologies designed to increase resilience and reduce risks to energy delivery infrastructure from a variety of hazards, including cyber and physical threats, natural disasters, and climate-change fueled extreme weather events. This new competitive funding opportunity will be available to public and private sector stakeholders, universities, and DOE’s National Laboratories and will help advance next-generation innovations that strengthen the resilience of America’s energy systems, which include the power grid, electric utilities, pipelines, and renewable energy generation sources like wind or solar. Key items to note:

 

  • This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): DE-FOA-0003217, “All Hazards Energy Resilience”, released on behalf of Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) Risk Management Tools & Technologies (RMT)FOA includes Topic Area 6, “University-Based RD&D: Scalable Cyber-Physical Platform” with applicant eligibility restricted to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

 

  • Estimated Federal Funding for HBCUs:  A total of $4M, is allocated for HBCUs.  It is anticipated that 2 awards will be made at $2M/award with funding allocated over a period of 3 years.  The anticipated period of performance is October 1, 2024 – September 30, 2027. The submission deadline for full applications is March 4, 2024, 3pm ET.

 

Faculty-Applied Clean Energy Sciences (FACES) Program: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with the Office of Energy Justice and Equity and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is now accepting applications for the Faculty-Applied Clean Energy Sciences (FACES) program. FACES is a 10-week summer program that provides faculty with the opportunity to collaborate with NREL researchers and develop scalable education modules on topics like community engagement, human behavior, energy and environmental science, and artificial intelligence. The first eight weeks will be spent at NREL in an immersive environment with an NREL staff researcher/mentor. The final two weeks will be conducted virtually to prepare a final deliverable. A Customized Learning Solution (CLS) will be the culminating milestone of the research experience with the intent for your hosting NREL mentor to travel to your MSI and deliver the CLS to your class. The application deadline is February 15, 2024.

 

MSI Undergraduate Summer Internship – Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E): ARPA-E’s Inspiring New Transformations in Energy Research by Emerging Scientists and Technologists (INTEREST) Program is seeking Juniors and Seniors at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) for participation in a summer internship. This paid internship program seeks to connect talented STEM majors at MSIs with active ARPA-E Performers to assist ARPA-E-funded technology developments and provide students an opportunity to collaborate and contribute to high-profile, high-impact next generation energy technology development and R&D. Internships will be hosted at the sites of active ARPA-E Performers or their Partners during Summer 2024. The application deadline is February 5, 2024.

 

MSI Connect: The Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Connect Platform, spearheaded by Brookhaven National Laboratory, is an immersive summer fellowship for MSI undergraduate, graduate students and alumni to work in collaborative teams paired with Department of Energy (DOE) lab technology. The fellowship is a training program, intended to build entrepreneurial skills and knowledge around technology transfer and commercialization. Successful fellowship teams will have an opportunity to secure up to $75,000 in follow on funding in Phase II at the Final Pitch Event at Brookhaven National Lab in New York. The application deadline is February 5, 2024.

 

Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) Internships: The Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) offers 12-week summer internships with offices and laboratories throughout the Department of Energy. Imagine yourself at DOE headquarters in Washington D.C., at one of 17 National Laboratories, or at one of many site offices. Sponsored by the Office of Energy Justice and Equity, the program partners with eligible minority-serving institutions to help their students (undergraduate and graduate) and recent graduates “jump-start” their careers and develop their potential for future opportunities within the federal government. The application deadline is February 15, 2024.

 

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United States Department of Agriculture

USDA’s 1890 National Scholars Program offers scholarships to U.S. citizens who are seeking a bachelor’s degree at one of the nineteen 1890 Land-Grant Universities in the fields of food, agriculture, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines. The new e-application will be available on December 15, 2023. Please check our website for updates: https://www.usda.gov/partnerships/1890NationalScholars 

Learn more about the program here: FY24 1890 HBCU Scholar Flyer

 

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United States Agency for International Development

MSI Speaker Series – Pros and Cons of a Cashless Society

USAID is hosting a FREE monthly webinar for students of Minority Serving Institutions focusing on humanitarian assistance and international development challenges.  The first webinar is February 7 12pm – 1pm ET and will focus on the pros and cons of a Cashless Society.  Register Here.

 

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Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

The student engagement series is specifically focused on engaging HBCU students in cancer research and are open to all HBCU students:

    • February 7 – Morehouse School of Medicine
    • February 14 – Black in Cancer
    • February 21 – Cincinnati Cancer Advisors & University of Mississippi Medical Center

JSU POC: Kenya Hudson, j00088653@jsums.edu

 

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U.S. Department of Energy

Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Connect Platform: The Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions MSI fellowship program, MSI Connect, is accepting applications! The MSI Connect Platform, spearheaded by Brookhaven National Laboratory, is an immersive summer fellowship for MSI undergraduate, graduate students and alumni to work in collaborative teams paired with Department of Energy (DOE) lab technology. The fellowship is a training program, intended to build entrepreneurial skills and knowledge around technology transfer and commercialization. Successful fellowship teams will have an opportunity to secure up to $75,000 in follow on funding in Phase II at the Final Pitch Event at Brookhaven National Lab in New York.  Please click here to apply: MSI Connect Application – deadline is February 5th, 2024

PROGRAM FEATURES:

  • $12,900 Phase I Summer Fellowships:  Phase I Fellows receive a stipend for 9-weeks. Fellows will build entrepreneurial skills and knowledge around technology transfer and commercialization. Travel will be included for the bootcamp and final pitch event. (Lodging not included)
  • $75,000 in Phase II Seed Grant: Phase II teams will spend 12 months in immersive programming aimed at venture creation.

 

FELLOWSHIP ELIGIBILITY:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be enrolled full-time in a Minority Serving Institution.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Majoring in: STEM, Business, Innovation/Entrepreneurship
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students.
  • The deadline to apply is February 5th.

 

The Wait is Over! Registration Now for the 2023 National HBCU Week Conference

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The nation’s premier convening of college and university executive leadership, faculty, students, and supporters, the Annual National HBCU Week Conference is back, September 24-28, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport.

National HBCU Week Conference- Raising the Bar: Forging Excellence through Innovation & Leadership will feature workshops, engagements, keynote addresses and interactive exhibits that will connect federal and private resources to the HBCU community.  Our culmination event, the 5th Annual National HBCU Week Conference Career and Recruitment Fair, a full day in-person event will feature professional development sessions, direct hiring, and recruitment opportunities.  Registration is required for the conference and career fair. Click on the images below to access the registration for each event.

 

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President Biden Announces Appointments to Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

THE WHITE HOUSE

 

WASHINGTON – Today, President Biden announces his intent to appoint qualified and diverse leaders to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The President’s Board will advance the goal of the HBCU Initiative, established by the Carter Administration, to increase the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education to its students and continue serving as engines of opportunity.

In 2021, President Biden appointed Drs. Tony Allen and Glenda Glover to serve as Chair and Vice Chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs, respectively. In February, he appointed Dr. Dietra Trent as executive director of the White House HBCU Initiative.

The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to supporting the vital mission of HBCUs. Through the American Rescue Plan, grant funding, and by forgiving capital improvement debt of many these institutions, the Biden-Harris Administration has already committed more than $5.8 billion in supportReestablishing the White House HBCU Initiative – and appointing qualified and diverse individuals to the Board – will allow the administration to build on that financial commitment with continued institutional support.

President Biden announces his intent to appoint the following individuals to serve as members on the board:

  • Makola M. Abdullah
  • Javaune Adams-Gaston
  • Paige Blake
  • Thasunda Brown Duckett
  • Willie A. Deese
  • Patrick Cokley
  • Monica Goldson
  • Brett J. Hart
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Beverly W. Hogan
  • Lisa P. Jackson
  • Shevrin D. Jones
  • Walter M. Kimbrough
  • William F. L. Moses
  • Christopher E. Paul
  • Quinton T. Ross Jr.
  • Ruth J. Simmons
  • Janeen Uzzell

Makola M. Abdullah

Dr. Makola M. Abdullah is the 14th President of Virginia State University (VSU). He is a member of numerous boards and committees including: Council of 1890s Presidents for Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU); Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College, and the Council of Presidents for Virginia Institutions of Higher Education, and Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Prior to his appointment as President of Virginia State University, Dr. Abdullah served as provost and senior vice president at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, and dean and director of 1890 land grant programs at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee. Dr. Abdullah is a Chicago native. He earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University in civil engineering and his doctorate and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Northwestern University. He is the youngest African American to receive a Ph.D. in engineering. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He and his wife, Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdullah, Ph.D., are the proud parents of a son, Mikaili, and a daughter, Sefiyetu, who both are college graduates.

Javaune Adams-Gaston

Javaune Adams-Gaston, Ph.D., serves as the seventh President of Norfolk State University, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s largest Historically Black College and University in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Adams-Gaston is committed to the mission of Norfolk State University to transform the lives of students through access to higher education and excellence in scholarship, career preparation, and service. Dr. Adams-Gaston is committed to student success and the development of the student holistically through academic excellence, mentorship, mental and physical wellness, internships, and civic engagement. Since her arrival on campus in June 2019, Dr. Adams-Gaston has advocated for increased financial support for the benefit of students, faculty and staff and the stability of the institution. Dr. Adams-Gaston was pivotal in securing a $40 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott—the largest single gift in NSU’s history. She has led the university in successful efforts to secure grants and partnerships from corporations such as Microsoft, Netflix, Apple, IBM, Dominion Energy, and others. Under her tenure, NSU has been designated a Top 20 HBCU for consecutive years in U.S News and World Report Rankings. Prior to becoming President at Norfolk State University, Dr. Adams-Gaston served as Senior Vice President for Student Life at The Ohio State University. During her career at the University of Maryland, Dr. Adams-Gaston held numerous positions including psychologist, associate dean in academic affairs, assistant athletic director, equity administrator, and graduate faculty member. Dr. Adams-Gaston had a practice for 25 years as a licensed psychologist and as an educator, she is frequently asked to provide speeches, lectures, and to serve on panels regarding student success and leadership.

Paige Blake

Paige Blake is a 20-year-old native of Prince George’s County, Maryland. She is a junior at Bowie State University where she majors in Biology and is on the pre-med track. Paige plans to attend medical school to study Neurology to help others with Spina Bifida and other neurological conditions. Paige was diagnosed at age 4 with a rare form of Sacral Agenesis (a form of Spina Bifida). Over time she’s learned the importance of advocacy after having her own share of hardships in her life with her disability. Paige has used her personal experiences to advocate and help others in various ways, such as organizing donation drives with her Girl Scout troop where they sent medical supplies to countries overseas and working with The Congressional Black Caucus and President Obama’s White House Initiative on African American Excellence to advocate for disabled students. Currently, Paige has been named the 2021-2022 White House Initiative HBCU Competitiveness Scholar for Bowie State University. She also is working with The University System of Maryland Student Council as the Director of Student Affairs, where she advocates for students to ensure that present and future college students in the state of Maryland will have positive and equal opportunities.

Thasunda Brown Duckett

Thasunda Brown Duckett is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, a Fortune 100 provider of secure retirements and outcome-focused investment solutions to millions of people working in higher education, healthcare and other mission-driven organizations. As TIAA’s CEO, Duckett leads a company whose mission is defined by financial inclusion and opportunity – goals and values she has upheld throughout her career. Duckett joined TIAA after serving as Chief Executive Officer of Chase Consumer Banking, where she oversaw a banking network with more than $600 billion in deposits and 50,000 employees. Duckett serves on the boards of NIKE, Inc., Brex Inc., Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Sesame Workshop, National Medal of Honor Museum, Economic Club of New York, University of Houston Board of Visitors and Dean’s Advisory Board for the Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. She’s a member of the Executive Leadership Council, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Jack and Jill of America Inc. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Houston and an MBA from Baylor University.

Willie A. Deese

Willie A. Deese is a retired pharmaceutical executive and corporate board member whose career spans 5 decades.  He most recently served as Executive Vice President of Manufacturing at Merck and Co. Inc.  He is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and credits his alma mater with providing him the foundational platform on which he was able to build a successful career.  He is recognized for his expertise in manufacturing and supply chain management as well as his proactive contributions defining healthy, engaged corporate cultures, implementing environmental and sustainability standards, DEI practices and policies, and leadership development.  He fervently believes that when we level the playing field by providing equitable resources and opportunities for all, it leads to positive outcomes that have an exponential impact on society.  Recently, North Carolina A&T named its College of Business and Economics in his honor.

Patrick Cokley

Patrick Cokley works to bring issues of inclusion to the forefront of all communities. In his role as Chief of Organizing Advocacy and Learning at Civic Influencers, Patrick believes in the importance of giving all young people the tools they need to be engaged citizens with the ability to bring positive change to their communities. Patrick’s dedication to service stems from the values he learned from his family as well as time at an HBCU. As a graduate of Howard University, Patrick believes that it is imperative that the disability and traditional diversity communities learn to work together as they both share the core values of inclusion. Only together can our communities realize the success of an America that is inclusive of all of its citizens. Originally from South Carolina, Patrick now makes his home in New Jersey. In addition to being a person who is low vision, Patrick is also the parent of two children with disabilities.

Monica Goldson

Dr. Monica Goldson, Chief Executive Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), is the dedicated and dynamic leader of the 20th largest school district in the nation. A three-time HBCU graduate, she is committed to creating transformative experiences that propel students to their highest levels of excellence. Dr. Goldson focuses on doing what is best for students and educators, especially amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her longtime advocacy for public education was key in mobilizing the PGCPS community to provide laptops, internet service and technology assistance to families in need while building virtual learning from the ground up. Beyond the schoolhouse, she is a member of Chiefs for Change, a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington, and a board member of Nonprofit Prince George’s and the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Goldson holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Florida A&M University, a master’s degree in Elementary and Secondary School Administration from Bowie State University, and a doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy from Howard University. She has two adult sons, both graduates of Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Brett Hart

Brett Hart is President of United Airlines and is responsible for leading the company’s external-facing teams as well as operational workgroups including Technical Operations, Airport Operations, Corporate Safety, United Ground Express and Network Operations. He also oversees business-critical functions such as the customer experience, government affairs, corporate real estate, human resources, and labor relations teams.  Mr. Hart previously served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for United.  A longtime resident of Chicago, Mr. Hart has been extensively involved in social, cultural, and economic causes impacting his home community.  Brett serves on the boards of World Business Chicago, the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, Northwestern Medical Group, and the Obama Foundation Inclusion Council. Brett received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and English from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. He is married and has three sons.

Taraji P. Henson

Academy Award-nominated and SAG and Golden Globe-winning actor, filmmaker, and activist, Taraji P. Henson quickly rose to fame after her breakout performance in the critically acclaimed film Hustle & Flow.  In 2020, Henson wrapped her iconic run as “Cookie Lyon” in Fox’s hit musical drama Empire, which has earned her three Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics Choice Award, and three BET Awards. Prior credits include Hidden Figures, which won her a SAG for Best Ensemble, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Brad Pitt, for which she earned an Academy Award nomination.  In Summer 2022, she has Minions: The Rise of Gru and is currently in production on Blitz Bazawule’s The Color Purple, where she will star as Shug Avery. Henson launched TPH Entertainment with upcoming projects including Two-Faced with Bron Entertainment, which will mark Henson’s feature film directorial debut, Alessandro Camon’s Time Alone, which Henson will also star in, and Sorcerority, which she will co-produce with Game Changer Films and Gabrielle Union’s I’ll Have Another Productions. In October 2016, Henson released her New York Times bestselling novel “Around The Way Girl.” Henson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in 2018 in honor of her late father, which provides scholarships to African-American students majoring in mental health, offers mental health services to youth in urban schools, and works to lower the recidivism rates of African-American men and women. Henson recently co-hosted the Facebook Watch series on mental health called Peace of Mind with Taraji, for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. In 2019, Henson received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Beverly W. Hogan

Beverly Wade Hogan has a long and distinguished career as a public administrator, educator, community leader and humanitarian. As the first woman to lead the historic institution, Hogan served as President at Tougaloo College for 17 years. She retired with the distinction of President Emerita. She had also served the College as the founding director of the George A. and Ruth B. Owens Health, Wellness and Human Resources Center, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Interim President. During her presidential tenure, she and her team enhanced the college’s curricula with new undergraduate and graduate degree programs and  expanded partnerships with major research institutions for three plus two degree programs in law, engineering, and public health; established the Undergraduate Research Center, the Center for International Studies and Global Change, the Institute for the Study of Modern Day Slavery, the Early College High School; and made significant improvements in campus physical and technological infrastructure. Prior to becoming a college president, Hogan served as Commissioner of the Workers’ Compensation Commission; Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Federal State Programs; Executive Director of the Mental Health Association. She is a national voice for higher education, having served on the board of directors for the Council of Independent Colleges, National Association for Independent Colleges and Universities, NAFEO and UNCF. She was appointed by former President Barack Obama to the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on HBCUs.

Lisa P. Jackson

Lisa P. Jackson is Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, where she leads the company’s environmental initiatives, racial equity and justice initiative, global education policy programs, product accessibility efforts, corporate giving and philanthropic partnerships, and worldwide government affairs. Her work includes driving Apple’s support for HBCUs through coding initiatives, innovation partnerships and the launch of the Propel Center. Under President Barack Obama, she served as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, becoming the first Black person to hold the position. She also served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and as Commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, following nearly 20 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lisa has been recognized as a leader in business and sustainability by numerous publications, including Ebony’s Power 100, Black Enterprise’s Women of Power, Essence Magazine’s 40 Women Who Have Influenced the World lists, and Women of Color magazine. She is the recipient of Princeton’s James Madison Medal and Tulane University’s Distinguished Alumni Award, among others. Lisa holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University. She also holds an honorary degree from Spelman College and maintains close ties to Xavier University in New Orleans. She serves on the boards of Tulane University, the American Film Institute, and Conservation International and is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Lisa and her husband Kenneth reside in San Francisco.

Shevrin Jones

Florida State Senator Shevrin “Shev” Jones is an educator, public servant, and consensus builder who has dedicated his life to serving others and building pathways to opportunity. Thanks to the encouragement of his close-knit family and supportive teachers, Jones recognized from a young age the power of education as the great equalizer, a foundation that drove Shevrin into teaching to help students reach their full potential. A proud graduate of Florida A&M University, Jones taught high school chemistry in Broward Public Schools before founding L.E.A.D. Nation, a South Florida nonprofit organization committed to youth leadership development and social entrepreneurship training. Jones’ firsthand look at the inequities in education and society at large propelled him to enter public service, and since 2013, he has served in the Florida legislature, championing meaningful bipartisan legislation including two consecutive bills to secure dignity for incarcerated women; statewide expansion of a clean syringe exchange program; safety and oversight for athletic coaches for youth athletic teams; increased investment in underserved communities; and greater transparency and accountability for law enforcement. The first LGBTQ State Senator elected in Florida history, Jones served on President Barack Obama’s College Promise Task Force and is an active member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Young Elected Officials Network, and Millennial Action Project’s Florida Future Caucus. Today, Jones is completing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Florida Atlantic University.

Walter M. Kimbrough

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough was his high school salutatorian and student bodypresident, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and Albany State University. In October of 2004, at the age of 37, he was named the 12th President of Philander Smith College. In 2012, he became the 7th President of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college. Recently he has emerged as one of the leaders discussing free speech on college campuses. Kimbrough also has been noted for his active use of social media. He was cited by Education Dive as one of 10 college presidents on Twitter who are doing it right and was profiled in the text, “Digital Leadership In Higher Education.” In 2020 he was named by College Cliffs as one of 50 Top U.S. College and University Presidents.

William F. L. Moses

William F. L. Moses serves as Managing Director for the Kresge Foundation’s Education Program, which supports postsecondary access and success for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students in the United States and South Africa. The key architect of Kresge’s education programming, Bill leads the team’s continuum of grant activities and for more than 20 years has awarded grants to HBCUs and MSIs, including UNCF, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Paul Quinn College, Delaware State University, Jackson State University, and Xavier University, among others. Prior to joining Kresge, Bill served as Executive Director of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, a Senior Analyst at the Investor Responsibility Research Center, a research officer at TechnoServe, and in various positions at the Alaska State Legislature, and the federal government, including the U.S. Embassy in Cape Town, South Africa. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Bill holds a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University, and is the author of A Guide to American State and Local Laws on South Africa and co-author of Corporate Responsibility in a Changing South Africa.  Bill currently serves on the advisory committees or boards of the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, APIA Scholars, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s External Leadership Council, College Promise, Detroit College Access Network, and the Seal of Excelencia.

Christopher Paul

Christopher “Chris” Paul is a twelve-time NBA All-Star with the Phoenix Suns, two-time Olympic Gold medalist and is listed as one of the NBA’s 75 greatest players in NBA history. Off the court, he’s a father, husband, entrepreneur, activist, and philanthropist. His leadership and impact are well noted in the sports industry as he recently ended an eight-year tenure as the President of the National Basketball Players Association. His advocacy for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is extremely important and through his Chris Paul Family Foundation, he has actively expanded a Business of Entertainment Media and Sports special topics course at NC A& T, Southern University, Winston Salem State and Clark Atlanta University.  His production company, Ohh Dip!!! creates content across multiple platforms, which includes the Why Not Us franchise of shows with NC Central Men’s Basketball and FAMU Football. Paul co-launched the Social Change Fund United dedicated to investing in and supporting organizations focused on empowering communities of color and advocating for the human rights of all black lives. His philanthropic efforts have earned him the 2016 ESPYs “Humanitarian of the Year” award, 2016 Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award, the NBA Community Assist Award five times, and most recently the inaugural Kobe and Gigi Bryant Advocacy Award for his significant contributions to the advancement of girls’ and women’s basketball and advocacy for the WNBA.

Quinton T. Ross Jr.

Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., is entering his fifth year as President of Alabama State University, having assumed the leadership role at his alma mater on October 3, 2017. His tenure has been marked by transformative and innovative leadership that has included a 130 percent increase in fundraising, expansion of national and global partnerships, advancement of strategic initiatives under the brand of “CommUniversity,” and an increased emphasis on student success. President Ross is a three-time graduate of Alabama State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education English, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law. Dr. Ross is a distinguished career educator with more than 28 years of experience in Higher and K-12 public education. Prior to becoming the University’s 15th President, Dr. Ross served with distinction as a senator in the Alabama Legislature for four terms.

Ruth J. Simmons

Ruth J. Simmons is President of Prairie View A&M University. Prior to joining Prairie View, she served as President of Smith College from 1995 to 2001 and President of Brown University from 2001 to 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dillard University and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. Simmons serves on the Council of the Smithsonian National Museum of History and Culture and the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch.

Janeen Uzzell

Janeen Uzzell is the Chief Executive Officer at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the largest Black STEM community impacting society and industry. In her former role as the Chief Operating Officer for the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, Janeen drove process improvement and helped launch the Wikimedia Knowledge Equity Fund to address racial inequities in free knowledge. For nearly two decades, she held various roles at General Electric, working in healthcare technologies in some of the world’s most challenging environments. As the head of Women in Technology, she accelerated the number of women in technical roles. Her previous roles at GE included Global Director of External Affairs and Technology Programs, Director of Healthcare Programs at GE Africa (where Janeen lived for several years as an Ex-Pat in Accra, Ghana), Director of Global Healthcare Programs, Director of Healthcare Disparity Programs, and Director of Service Operations. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the United Nations Global Leadership Award and one of ADWEEK’s Top Black Women Trailblazers in Tech. Janeen received her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and an MBA in International Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Janeen fuses her passion for social justice and her leadership to shine light on inequality in tech spaces and forge opportunities for others. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family and friends in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Department of Education Announces Action to Support HBCU Response to Bomb Threats

 

MARCH 16, 2022

 

Today, Vice President Kamala Harris and the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that have recently experienced a bomb threat resulting in a disruption to the campus learning environment, are eligible to apply for grant funds under the Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) program.

Project SERV provides short-term immediate funding for local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) that have experienced a violent or traumatic incident to assist in restoring a safe environment conducive to learning.

“The recent bomb threats experienced by HBCUs have shaken students and fractured their sense of safety and belonging, which are critical to their academic success and wellbeing,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “We, at the Department of Education, recognize how these threats evoke a painful history of violence against Black Americans in this country that is especially traumatizing to HBCU students, faculty, and staff. Today’s announcement will improve access to Project SERV grants for HBCUs as these institutions work to address students’ mental health needs, shore up campus security, and restore learning environments so that they can get back to doing what they do best—educating the next generation of great leaders.”

The Department will work with HBCUs that have received recent bomb threats to determine if Project SERV can help with immediate needs, such as targeted mental health resources or enhanced security to restore the learning environment on their campuses. Funding for Project SERV is limited, and awards typically range from $50,000 to $150,000 per school.

“The bomb threats against HBCUs, particularly concentrated in Black History Month, constitute a uniquely traumatic event, given the history of bombings as a tactic to intimidate and provoke fear in Black Americans during the long struggle for civil rights in the 20th century,” said Dietra Trent, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “In this context, even the threat of bombings at HBCUs can have a deep and unsettling impact on students, faculty, and staff that significantly disrupts the learning environment. Our HBCUs are pillars of strength and resiliency, and we will continue working to promote policies and practices that fortify that strength and advance educational equity, excellence, and economic opportunity through these institutions.”

The Biden-Harris Administration is taking a whole-of-government approach to ensuring the safety and well-being of students, staff and faculty, and addressing these repeated threats to HBCU campuses. Following the first reports of the threats, Secretary Cardona and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas hosted a briefing with more than 40 presidents of HBCUs from across the nation to share information about grant programs, training resources, and other tools available to HBCUs to strengthen campus safety and security. Biden-Harris Administration leaders have also recently visited HBCU campuses, hearing firsthand about the need to modernize and update their operations, including campus safety and security, and the need for more resources to help bolster mental health services due to increased apprehension across the campus community.

In addition to today’s announcement, the Department will provide HBCUs with a compendium of the resources that are available across the Federal government. These other resources can help with long-term improvements to campus mental health programs, campus safety and emergency management planning and response.

An HBCU that experienced a recent bomb threat may receive more information about the opportunity for support under Project SERV by emailing project.serv@ed.gov.

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