Today, HRC is hosting its third annual National #HBCUOutLoud Day. It is a day when Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) coordinate events on LGBTQ+ visibility and inclusion on their respective campuses. The HRC Foundation created the day as a way to celebrate LGBTQ+ people and develop innovative inclusion efforts.
This year, several universities will be hosting events to honor #HBCUOutLoud Day, including:
Kentucky State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Prairie View A&M University
Savannah State University
University of the District of Columbia
Virginia State University
HRC will also participate in an Instagram Live conversation titled LIVING OUTLOUD: On Campus and Beyond with the hosts of Surface Level podcast on October 20, 2021, 7:30-8:30 PM ET. The topics will include LGBTQ+ visibility and representation on campus, destigmatizing identity and health, and how to engage HBCU alumni in campus LGBTQ+ inclusion efforts. The participants will include HRC HBCU Program Senior Manager Rishard Butts, and the hosts of Surface Level: Damon Epps, Tony Jermin, and Jordan Randall.
Participating schools include colleges and universities that have student leaders who commit to providing programming that centers LGBTQ+ students during the yearly event and work with their administration to establish more inclusive campus cultures.
The HRC Foundation’s HBCU Program mobilizes and supports HBCUs in enhancing policies and services that promote excellence in LGBTQ inclusion, equity, and engagement. The program focuses on promoting individual competencies and collective action, empowering leaders and stakeholders, and building a network of committed leaders in pursuit of eliminating stigma and enriching the college experience for LGBTQ+ students and the entire student body. The program’s initiatives include yearly national and regional leadership summits, an HBCU LGBTQ+ Alumni Network, campus diversity and inclusion training, and HIV-related public education and prevention campaigns among others.
HRC’s HBCU Program was founded to support LGBTQ+ students at HBCUs by providing resources and training to advance affirming and supportive college campuses. The program is supported by the Coca-Cola Foundation, the David Bohnett Foundation, Gucci, State Farm, and PVH. For more information about HRC’s HBCU Project, visit www.hrc.org/hbcu.
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