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HBCU Leadership and Career Summit Kicks Off Today

Thirty student leaders from thirteen Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the country are ascending on Washington today for HRC’s HBCU Leadership and Career Summit, which starts today and runs through Sunday.  The semi-annual summit is designed to develop students’ personal leadership and career skills, create a potent group of HBCU LGBT student leaders to advocate for LGBT equality and social justice issues on campus and in their communities, and to develop a powerful group of leaders poised to bring their whole selves to the workplace.

During their time here, the students  will lobby lawmakers on Capitol Hill on issues important to LGBT people of color, engage in workshops on topics covering career development in today’s economy, leadership skills, transgender issues in communities of color, and faith and community.  Students will also take part in a corporate panel discussion with speakers from Google and Alcoa.

The first HBCU Leadership and Career Summit took place in 2000, the same year HRC’s HBCU program was launched following a rash of anti-LGBT violence on HBCU campuses across the country.  Since then, the HBCU program has grown tremendously, both in numbers and in touching lives. This afternoon, I will have the opportunity to meet the student leaders. I look forward to it. I can’t help but think how amazing it is that a swell of anti-LGBT violence on college campuses eleven years ago led to students mobilizing, taking action, and lobbying on Capitol Hill. It is an honor to work with these student leaders.

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