Amplifying the legacy of hbcu
We are investing in the Black community and enabling better futures for all—futures that are more diverse, inclusive, and connected
HBCUs are vital to the educational fabric of America.
For decades, HBCUs have sowed the seeds of change by investing in financial, social, community, and physical well-being for its learners, to see them succeed and thrive well after graduation. HBCUs are critical for helping the Black community close the economic inequality gap, as first-generation, low-income, Black students form the heart of HBCU student populations.
Although HBCUs represent just 3% of America’s colleges and universities, they produce:
of Black Bachelor degrees
of Black STEM degrees
of Black lawyers, professors, and public school teachers
HBCUs are an important resource to the Black community.50 %
of Black Americans live within 50 miles of a HBCU
endowments than PWIs on average
Discovery Phase Research Insights: Current State.
Conducted by Deloitte Consulting in partnership with UNCF
With COVID-19, the digital equity gap has only widened. HBCUs have always innovated with less resources.
COVID-19 created unprecedented challenges for higher education institutions of all stripes, but had a particularly pronounced impact on HBCUs who lag in online adoption and already need to do more with less money.
To close this equity gap, we are empowering HBCUs with the tools and technology to lead the market in online learning, increase accessibility, and improve student outcomes.
HBCUv is making this a reality today
We built a virtual learning platform that reimagines Black higher education, with a visionary future for learning that is authentic, integrated and community-centered. Not only does HBCUv reduce barriers to access across HBCUS, it provides a much-needed collaborative space that's true to the Black experience in higher-ed and beyond.
Amplifying the legacy of HBCUs for the future – virtually
HBCUs are steeped in a rich and prideful history — one that has helped to shape and continues to shape our culture and society. We now have an opportunity to translate their legacy and share their longstanding history of perseverance, preservation, and dedication with the world. With HBCUv, we hope to shape the future of Black Education by:
Meet the team at UNCF shaping this work
Michael Lomax, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
Senior Director of Strategy
Valora Richardson, Ph.D.
Director of Digital Solutions and Innovation
Amanda Washington-Lockett, Ph.D.
Geneva Dampare, MS
Director of Strategy and Operations
Dr. Shawna Acker-Ball, Ph.D.
Vice President of Scholarships and Programs
Associate Vice President of National Development
Meet our Champion network
Our Champions are leaders of HBCUv at their home institution. They are advocates for their community and are the first to know of updates to our collaborative efforts.
Aaron Pickett Jr
Dr. Alicia Curry
Dr. Alicia Simon
Dr. Cheryl Curtis
Sign up to be a champion at your institution today
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Equity in education begins with each of us, and we can’t do it without your help. We are ready to change the world, are you?
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Backed by the best
The HBCUv team has engaged industry-leading partners to support the platform development
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Equity in education begins with each of us—and we can’t do it without your help.
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