Executive Order

On February 28, 2017 President Trump signed an executive order renewing the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Executive Order 13779


Aligning Institutional Missions with America’s Priorities

“My Administration is committed to investing in HBCUs to help ensure that they can educate future generations of American students.  Earlier this year, after my Administration’s bipartisan collaboration with the Congress, I signed into law legislation that increased Federal funding to important HBCU programs by more than 14 percent.”

– President Donald J. Trump, Presidential Proclamation on National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week 


HBCU Competitiveness

Johnathan M. Holifield

Watchword: Competitiveness

HBCU competitiveness is the ability of institutions to successfully compete for top opportunities in the federal government and the non-federal, public and private sectors, while providing education and economic experiences that can improve living standards of the students and communities they principally serve.


Revitalizing America

Post COVID-19:

Roadmap to Activate

HBCU Revitalization Ecosystems

for an Inclusive, Competitive and Enduring

National Economic Recovery


View the document here: HBCU Ecosystems in the National Recovery

Concepts to consider when competing for investment from $1.5 billion the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration will award to plan and implement economic recovery strategies in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

With this roadmap of concepts to consider, the White House Initiative on HBCU encourages HBCU and local, state and Federal public and private partners, to explore activating HBCU Revitalization Ecosystems to mobilize and leverage the nation’s HBCU in America’s economic recovery. Let’s ensure HBCU, students, faculty, communities and public and private partners are aligned and engaged to help inclusively move the nation forward, post COVID-19 and beyond.

This morning, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is now accepting applications for our $1.5 billion CARES Act Recovery Assistance funding opportunities.

Here is the link to the press release.  Here is the link to the EDA FAQ.

Please visit eda.gov/coronavirus, our webpage with information on eligible entities and assistance that is available for communities and regions to respond to and recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Invite others to do the same.