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UNCF Presents: HBCUs Make America Strong: 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.

•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 
•Members of Congress 
•HBCU Presidents

WHEN: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. (EST)

UNCF Overview of HBCU Economic Impact Study – 9:00 a.m.             
Why HBCUs Matter to the Nation, States and Their Communities

HBCU Presidents Panel Discussion – 9:30 a.m.      
HBCUs as Catalysts for Community and Economic Development

Hart Senate Building, Room #902 
120 Constitution Avenue, NE 
Washington, DC 20002

For media credentials, please contact Monique LeNoir at 202.810.0231 or monique.lenoir(at)uncf(dot)org. 
For more information, visit on November 14 
Follow the discussion on Twitter @uncf #HBCUStrong

About UNCF 
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37-member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.


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