National HBCU Leading In Truth Symposium

Since 2005, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has brought together 40+ LGBTQ HBCU students annually for a 4-day intensive summit at our D.C. headquarters. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 National HBCU Leading in Truth Symposium will be a virtual leadership development experience for 75 LGBTQ HBCU students from November 10 - 12, 2020.

By examining historical and current events, this opportunity will provide a foundation for students to implement sustainable change on their campus and in the community from a protest, policy, and program perspective. Selection criteria include being currently enrolled at an HBCU, a commitment to a minimum of two of the three days of sessions, and a willingness to act as a change agent on your campus. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and program swag.


  • Organize an effective group of LGBTQ HBCU student leaders committed to expanding their own personal leadership skills.
  • Build an active group of LGBTQ HBCU student leaders to advocate for LGBTQ equality and other social justice issues on campus and in their communities.
  • Develop a powerful group of leaders who understand the relationship between protest, policy, and programs.

Key Areas of Development

  • Examining Effective Methods of Protest
  • Understanding and Implementing Policy
  • Building Sustainable and Inclusive Programs

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • All LGBTQ undergraduate students currently attending a Historically Black College/University
  • Students who are current leaders and/or looking to promote LGBTQ inclusion, equity and engagement on their campus and in the community
  • Students who are committed to social justice, servant-leadership, and community organizing
  • Students looking to expand their understanding of the connections between protests, policy, and programs