Academics - Tue, Jul. 12, 2016

Leaders from UNCF and Wiley College will serve on a congressional panel Wednesday, July 13, on "Examining the Unique Role HBCUs Will Play in the 21st-Century Economy." Dr. Brian K. Bridges, UNCF's vice president of research and member engagement, and Dr. Gloria Pryor James, Wiley's provost and vice president of academic affairs, will join other education leaders, researchers and members of Congress for a discussion on the contributions of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the inequities that must be addressed to promote their longevity.

The panel discussion is part of a congressional briefing on the Higher Education Act reauthorization hosted by Democratic members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional HBCU Caucus, Ranking Member Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).

"HBCUs have a significant place in American history and provide incredible value and values to minority and low-income students, and to the communities in which they reside," said Bridges, who oversees UNCF's Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute. "HBCUs are more relevant now than ever before, and UNCF is excited to be at the forefront of working with congressional leaders to ensure these historic institutions continue to have a special place in the fabric of American history, culture and education."

"As the historic home of the Great Debaters and as the future home of the Nate Parker School of Film, Drama and Theatre, Wiley College has proved—and continues to prove—that HBCUs are instrumental in preparing students for careers and for service to their communities," James said.

WHAT: A Legacy of Excellence: Examining the Unique Role HBCUs Will Play in the 21st-Century Economy

WHEN: 2 – 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, July 13, 2016,

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2261; RSVP here to attend


Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D., President, Virginia State University

Brian Bridges, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Member Engagement, UNCF

Vashti Hinton, Intern for Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) and Student at North Carolina A&T State University

Gloria Pryor James, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Wiley College

Bill Mayew, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

Larry Walker, Ph.D., Educational Consultant and Author at HBCU Lifestyle

WATCH: Live Stream begins at 2 p.m. EST. A Periscope link will be provided at the start of the panel.