White House Initiative On Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, And Economic Opportunity Through Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Host 2022 National HBCU Conference

White House Initiative On Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, And Economic Opportunity Through Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Host 2022 National HBCU Conference

September 19, 2022

The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Initiative) will convene its annual national conference Sept. 20-23 in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference is both a tribute to the monumental contributions of HBCUs to this country, as well as an acknowledgement of the critical role these important institutions play in advancing the nation’s global competitiveness. The conference will coincide with the celebration of National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week.

“HBCUs have a proud legacy of creating doors of opportunity where none previously existed and providing students of color with an education grounded in affirmation, inclusion, and excellence,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. "This week is an opportunity for higher education leaders, federal officials, and private sector leaders and advocates to celebrate the contributions of our HBCUs and set the stage for even greater success. The Biden-Harris Administration will continue to champion bold investments in HBCUs so that they can expand their research capacity, prepare students for opportunities in today’s most cutting-edge fields, ensure the safety of their campus communities, and continue raising the bar for equity, excellence, and inclusion.”

"HBCUs are engines of prosperity for the students they serve. Since their founding, these critical institutions have played a role in educating our students to ensure they succeed and receive a first-class education," said Dietra Trent, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities. "As a proud Hampton graduate, I’m honored to support the growth of our HBCU family at this year’s National HBCU Conference where resources and support will be offered to ensure our HBCUs continue to thrive for generations to come.”

More than 2,000 in-person participants and 1,500 virtual attendees, including HBCU presidents and chancellors, are registered to attend this year’s event—the first in-person conference since 2019. Additionally, more than 25 federal agencies are participating this year.

The conference is designed to provide practical solutions to barriers HBCUs face while seeking opportunities to contribute to the challenges and possibilities in America. During the conference, the HBCU community will engage with key leaders, including members of President Biden’s Cabinet, federal agency officials, private sector executives, and financial aid experts. The Department of Education and its partners will also provide technical assistance for HBCUs on Project SERV applications and share best practices through workshops and networking opportunities.

In response to President Biden's Executive Order 14041, federal agencies were charged with evaluating opportunities to increase coordination, communication, and engagement with HBCUs. This year’s conference will focus on program opportunities from many of those federal partners
. There also will be a hybrid career fair, which will include 126 employers, representing public and private sectors.

The Biden-Harris Administration continues to take a whole-of-government approach to support the well-being of students, families, staff and faculty at HBCU campuses. To date, the Administration has delivered nearly
$6 billion in cumulative investments to HBCUs, including:  

  • $3.7 billion through the American Rescue Plan and other COVID relief; 
  • $1.6 billion in capital finance debt relief; and 
  • $500 million in grant funding to help HBCUs and other MSIs expand capacity.     

The conference will include the participation of:

  • Secretary Miguel Cardona, U.S. Department of Education 
  • Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Coordinator, White House 
  • Kemba Walden, Principal Deputy National Cyber Director, Office of the National Cyber Director 
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement  
  • Kiran Ahuja, Director of the Office of Personnel Management 

The full 2022 National HBCU Week Conference agenda is available here. Open press sessions below.

Where:

Washington Hilton
International Ballroom Center
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

When:

Wednesday, Sept. 21
8:30 a.m.

Participants:

U.S Secretary Miguel Cardona
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser

Press:  This is an open press event. If you are interested in covering this event, please RSVP to pressrsvp@ed.gov.  Check in instructions will be provided upon RSVP.

Recruit & Retain Black Excellence: A Strategic Work Session to Advance Equity, Excellence & Opportunity

Where:

Washington Hilton
  Jefferson West
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

When:

Wednesday, Sept. 21
9:15 a.m.

Participants:

Dr. Stephanie Danette Preston, Associate Dean for Graduate Educational Equity and Chief Diversity Officer for Graduate Education, The Pennsylvania State University
Louis A. Jenkins, Senior Sales Specialist-Neuroscience, Janssen-Johnson & Johnson
Damon L. Williams Jr., Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity, University of Kentucky
Jhan Doughty, Associate Vice-President Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Everest Re Group, Ltd

Press:  This is an open press event. If you are interested in covering this event, please RSVP to pressrsvp@ed.gov.  Check in instructions will be provided upon RSVP.

Fireside Chat Luncheon

Where:

Washington Hilton
International Ballroom Center/East
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

When:

Wednesday, Sept. 21
11:45 a.m.

Participants:

Dr. Tony Allen, Chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs

Press:  This is an open press event. If you are interested in covering this event, please RSVP to pressrsvp@ed.gov.  Check in instructions will be provided upon RSVP.

Advancing Broadband Connectivity through HBCUs 

Where:

Washington Hilton
International Ballroom Center/West
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

When:

Thursday, Sept. 22
10:00 a.m.

Participants:

Kiran Ahuja, Director of the Office of Personnel Management
U.S. Rep. Alma Adams

Press:  This is an open press event. If you are interested in covering this event, please RSVP to pressrsvp@ed.gov.  Check in instructions will be provided upon RSVP.

HBCU Presidents/Chancellors Quarterly Meeting with Dr. Trent

Where:

Washington Hilton
International Ballroom West
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

When:

Thursday, Sept. 22
11:15 a.m.

Participants:

Kiran Ahuja, Director of the Office of Personnel Management
U.S. Rep. Alma Adams

Press:  This is an open press event. If you are interested in covering this event, please RSVP to pressrsvp@ed.gov.  Check in instructions will be provided upon RSVP.

Career and Recruitment Fair 

Where:

Washington Hilton
International Terrace East/West
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

When:

Thursday, Sept. 22
3:00 p.m.

Press:  This is an open press event. If you are interested in covering this event, please RSVP to pressrsvp@ed.gov.  Check in instructions will be provided upon RSVP.