2017 HBCU Week Conference Summary


The Annual National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Week Conference is planned under the leadership of the White House Initiative on HBCUs and with input from the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs and its conference sponsors. It provides a forum to exchange information and share innovations among and between institutions. Stakeholders, which include: federal agencies, private sector companies and philanthropic organizations, provide an overview of successful engagements that if replicated could improve instruction, degree completion and the understanding of federal policies that shape and support higher education.

Why participants attend the HBCU Week Conference?

This is the largest forum for HBCU presidents, administrators, senior Federal Agency partners, foundation partners and other stakeholders to address priorities stated in the Presidential Executive Order.  You will have the opportunity to learn about the vast opportunities at HBCUs, as well as contribute to the national discussion on:

  • strengthening HBCUs through enhanced institutional planning and development; fiscal stability and financial management;
  • upgrading institutional infrastructure to ensure long-term viability;
  • exploring new ways to improve the relationship between the Federal Government and HBCUs;
  • fostering enduring private-sector initiatives and public-private partnerships while promoting specific areas and centers of academic research and programmatic excellence throughout all HBCUs;
  • informing public policy and practice as it concerns HBCUs;
  • sharing administrative and programmatic practices within the HBCU community for the benefit of all; and
  • partnering with elementary and secondary education stakeholders to advance the cradle to college pipeline.

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