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Wrapping Up HRC’s HBCU Leadership & Career Summit 2012

Post submitted by Donna Payne, former HRC Associate Director of Field Outreach

The Human Rights Campaign’s annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Leadership and Career Summit was held the weekend of October 26 in Washington, D.C. 

2012 HBCU leadership summitThe summit offered personal leadership training and career development skills to 25 students from 14 HBCU schools in an effort to create a potent group of leaders who will advocate for equality and bring their whole selves to the workplace.  This year’s keynote speaker was Eugene Cornelius, Jr., Deputy Associate Administrator of Field Operations for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

As an openly gay African American working for SBA, he is responsible for the management and oversight of over 90 office covering all fifty states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and other U.S. territories.  The summit’s facilitators, Dr. Jamie Washington and Shirley Fletcher, discussed such relevant topics as understanding the intersections of race and sexuality, and being “out” as an African American today. 

The weekend was moderated by HRC’s Human Resources Director John Greene who provided valuable advice to students about preparing for the workforce.  Other guests throughout the weekend included corporate equality leaders from DuPont Inc., True Blue Inclusion, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.  The students also had a chance to participate in the Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign by phone banking. 

For more information on the HBCU program, please visit our website.

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