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We are all about advancing America's effort towards the goal of reclaiming the title of the world's number one producer of college graduates by 2025. We believe that HBCUs figure prominently in making that happen; particularly in the STEM disciplines. That's why we are actively involved, often times collaboratively with other HBCU advocate agencies that seek the support of the philanthropic, business, government, military, and education communities in a national effort that invests in HBCU programs and initiatives.


To help millions of students and families from fragile communities move from the margins to the mainstream of American education and commerce and help advance the aspirations of others from a service plateau to the pinnacle of their workforce or entrepreneurship dreams.

                                WHAT WE DO

Founded in 2012 The HBCU Nation is a non-profit advocacy initiative that promotes policies, programs, and practices that support efforts to preserve and enhance our nations HBCUs.


We pledge our earnest support to organizations such as The White House Initiative on HBCUs, the HBCU Bipartisan Congressional Caucus, The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, UNCF, CBC, NAFEO, The Charles Koch Foundation, The Center for Advancing Opportunity, The Lilly Foundation, other organizations and major stakeholders in the following areas:


  1. Improving the identity, visibility, and distinctive capabilities and overall competitiveness of HBCUs;

  2. Engaging the philanthropic, business, government, military, homeland security and education communities in a national dialogue regarding new HBCU programs and initiatives;

  3. Improving the ability of HBCUs to remain fiscally secure institutions that can assist the Nation in reaching its goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates by 2025;

  4. Establishing an initial multi-billion dollar fund for infrastructure and capacity-building to help establish parity in STEM research and development at HBCUs, including investment in annual funding for STEM initiatives for best practice models to further drive participation of African-Americans in the STEM workforce;

  5. Permanently restoring year-round Pell Grants and raising the maximum Pell Grant.

  6. Investing in annual funding for teacher preparation initiatives to accelerate preparing effective minority teachers;

  7. Establishing a system of research centers on HBCU campuses throughout the country, in order to capitalize upon HBCUs ability to graduate a disproportionately higher number of African-Americans with STEM degrees, with a focus on cyber-security, advanced materials, interactive manufacturing, health-disparities, robotics and artificial intelligence.

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Promoting HBCU Excellence, HBCU Innovation and HBCU Sustainability

The HBCU Nation is a non-profit advocacy initiative founded in 2012, committed to help facilitate capacity-building initiatives that strengthen our nation's historically black colleges and universities.

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