The HRCF HBCU Program empowers LGBTQ HBCU students to be change-agents on their campuses and in their communities. We train students to lead resourcefully through the intersections of race, religion, gender identity, class and sexual orientation.
About the HBCU Program
HRC Foundation's HBCU Program arose out of a need to support LGBTQ students attending historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) after two violent, anti-LGBTQ incidents occurred at two prominent HBCUs in 2001.
What We Do
Annual HBCU Leadership Summit
The HBCU Leadership Summit provides a leadership development and advocacy training program that empowers LGBTQ HBCU students to act as change-agents on their campuses and in their communities while leading resourcefully through the intersections of race, religion, gender identity, class and sexual orientation.
The purpose of this summit is to develop:
- an effective group of LGBTQ HBCU student leaders committed to deveoping their own personal leadership development skills.
- a potent group of LGBTQ HBCU student leaders to advocate for LGBTQ equality and other social justice issues on their campuses and in their communities
- a powerful group of leaders poised and inspired to bring their whole selves to their schools and communities.
The outcomes for you as a fierce advocate of the HRCF HBCU Leadership Summit are to:
- see yourselves as leaders and social change-agents building a social justice movement.
- develop an understanding of how oppression and discrimination impact your lives.
- increase skills and competence for engaging the intersection of race, religion, gender identity, class and sexual orientation
- develop a higher skill set regarding addressing triggers and breaking through the internalized voice of oppression that inhibits courageous leadership.
- increase self-awareness of your approach to leadership and your impact on others.
- increase capacity to influence people through more effective communication and powerful feedback.
- develop an ability to stand in your vision (individual and collective) as passionate, genuine leaders.
- leave feeling renewed and ready to lead.
The HBCU Program expert LGBTQ cultural competency training program can be customized for the needs of individual universities.
The training series offers both foundational material and advanced content tailored for direct service professionals who work with LGBTQ students.
- An Introduction to LGBTQ Competency for HBCU Professionals
- Best Practice for Serving Transgender Students
- Supporting LGBTQ Students' Health
HBCU Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Summit
HRCF's HBCU Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Briefing brings together high profile HBCU presidents and senior executives to discuss LGBTQ-inclusive practices and policies and to share best practices for expanding equality on their campuses. Learn more here.
Who We Are
Leslie Hall, MSW
Director, HBCU Program
Leslie Hall is the Associate Director of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. In his role, Leslie provides leadership and expertise in higher education particularly focused on minority-serving institutions' efforts to achieve full equality and inclusion for LGBTQ students. One of his primary roles within the HBCU Program is to work with HBCU leaders on the implementation of fully LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices. Additionally, Leslie leads and manages the annual HRCF HBCU Leadership Summit, where LGBTQ HBCU students engage in a week-long leadership development, ideitntiy and social development experience. Leslie holds a B.S. in sociology from Bowie State, a Masters of Social Work degree from Howard University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Leadership and Policy at Howard University.
Rishard M. Butts
Program coordinator, HBCU Program
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Rishard M. Butts relocated to Washington, D.C. in August 2012 and attended the Howard University. There he received a Bachelor’s of Science in human development and psycho-educational studies from the School of Education. After completing his undergraduate studies, he he accepted a full-time position at Howard University as the director of the Freshman Leadership Academy and executive assistant to the associate vice president for student affairs. Rishard is passionate about leadership development, event/program planning, program development and management, and higher education administration.