Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President, announced earlier today that he will join presidents who lead UNCF member institutions during a White House Listening Session with President Trump’s administration on February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The UNCF Office of Public Policy and Governmental Affairs partnered with the White House and Congressional constituents to coordinate the event.
The White House is particularly interested in hearing from UNCF presidents on two issues: how can the Administration better partner with HBCUs and how can HBCUs help to revitalize their surrounding communities?
U.S. Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC) and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will host the Congressional HBCU FLY-IN on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The day-long HBCU FLY-IN will provide opportunities for dialogue with a number of Senators and Representatives. The bipartisan event will also include Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC).
The UNCF’s goals for the meetings are to:
- Educate the Trump Administration officials and Congressional Republicans who may know little about HBCUs, their value and contributions to the nation.
- Establish new relationships with Republican lawmakers and express appreciation to Democratic lawmakers for their past and continuing support.
- Make a unified “ask” for additional investments in HBCUs, rather than promote individual institutional needs.
- Express support for a new Executive Order on HBCUs, but also emphasize that it must be backed up with meaningful federal support – resources, technical assistance, capacity-building, so that HBCUs not only can survive, but also thrive.
For more information, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Paine College:Hcarter@paine.edu, 706.821.8323, 803.664 0080 (mobile).