HRC Foundation'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. The briefing is part of a multi-prong strategy to create high-level policy changes that will support and protect LGBTQ students and staff on college campuses around the country.
Over the course of the inaugural day-long briefing in 2017, attendees heard from experts in the fields of higher education, business and government on the importance of making investments in LGBTQ diversity and inclusion. HBCU presidents and other senior administrators shared best practices and learned about HRCF's National HBCU Recognition Program, a new benchmark program measuring LGBTQ inclusion within historically Black colleges and universities. Representative Henry "Hank" Johnson (D-GA), a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and Thurgood Marshall School of Law and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, delivered the briefing's keynote address.
As a proud graduate of two HBCUs, Clark Atlanta University and Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, I believe that we should be doing all we can to help everyone feel welcomed and included. We must hold the moral high ground to promote diversity and acceptance of all students at a time when equal rights are under attack. It is incumbent upon us to continue the legacy of community and inclusion I felt as a student and reject fearful silence and intolerance at every turn."
- Rep. Johnson
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- University of Alabama
- Delaware State University
- Dillard University
- University of the District of Columbia
- Fayetteville State University
- Howard University
- Johnson C. Smith University
- Morehouse College
- Norfolk State University
- North Carolina A&T University
- Prairie View A&M University
- Savannah State University
- Tennessee State University
- Texas Southern University
- Virginia State University