HBCU Week observance to feature panel, fall convocation
Ark. – While the 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities
(HBCUs) represent 3% of the nation’s institutions of higher learning,
they graduate nearly one-quarter of African Americans who earn
undergraduate degrees. 40% of HBCU students pursue four-year degrees in
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas and
three-quarters of all African-American Ph.D.s did their undergraduate
studies at an HBCU. HBCUs are important engines of economic growth and
community service and will continue to play a vital role in helping
America achieve the goal set by President Obama of having the highest
proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.
four-year Public HBCU in the state, the University of Arkansas at Pine
Bluff (UAPB) will observe National HBCU Week with a variety of events
September 20, 23 and 24. A bone marrow drive will be held Friday,
September 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the L.A. Davis, Sr. Student Union.
On Monday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m., two alumni and two current
students will have a panel discussion on the benefits of an HBCU
education in the L.A. Davis, Sr. Student Union lounge.
celebration will close with Fall Convocation on Tuesday, September 24 at
10:30 a.m. where newly appointed UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence Alexander
will host a Conversation with the Chancellor segment. This format will
provide an open forum for questions from students, faculty and staff.
The free, public event will be held in the H.O. Clemmons arena of the
Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. HPER Complex. The marching band, choir and
cheerleaders are also scheduled to perform.
About National HBCU Week
President Jimmy Carter signed Executive Order 12232, which established a
Federal program “… to overcome the effects of discriminatory treatment
and to strengthen and expand the capacity of historically black colleges
and universities to provide quality education.” Since that time Each
President has subsequently issued an Executive Order on HBCUs.
For more information about the event, call (870)575-8946.