The Positive Economic Impact of HBCUs

“We have to change the narrative,” said Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF. “It has to stop being about the deficits of HBCUs and more about their positive contributions to the economy.”

WHAT: UNCF (United Negro College Fund) will host a forum to unveil a new landmark study, HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, examining the economic impact of the nation’s HBCUs. Underwritten by Citi Foundation and prepared by the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth – this study examines the spending and employment impacts of the nation’s HBCUs total – and for 100 HBCUs individually – on their local and regional economies, as well as the lifetime earnings of the 2014 class of more than 50,000 HBCU graduates.

WHO:        

UNCF Leadership: UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax; Dr. Brian Bridges, Vice President, Research and Member Engagement; and Cheryl Smith, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs

Invited Members of Congress:

  • Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC), Co-chair, Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus
  • Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Co-chair, Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus
  • Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC), House Minority Assistant Leader
  • Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA), Member, House Committee on the Judiciary
  • Congressman French Hill (R-AR), Vice Chair, Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus
  • Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Chair, Congressional Black Caucus
  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Member, Senate Appropriations Committee
  • Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member, House Education & the Workforce Committee
  • Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL), Vice Chair, Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus
  • Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC), Chairman, Republican Study Committee

HBCU Presidents:

  • Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, President, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
  • Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, President, Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, President, Tennessee State…

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