The Story of HBCUs: Innovation, Prosperity, Impact and Equality


Thursday, March 25, 2021, 1:00pm to 2:00pm



Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union, an HKS student organization

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In a recent Atlantic article, United Negro College Fund (UNCF) President and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax stated "HBCUs are much more than schools. They are places where Black students can feel safe, welcomed, and embraced by the college community ... The honor roll of Black Americans who graduated from HBCUs is without parallel in all of postsecondary education."

Join us for a discussion with UNCF senior leaders on the great tradition and promise of an HBCU education. The team will expand on UNCF’s efforts to grow the "honor roll" through programs that leverage:

  • Rigorous research and data analysis,

  • Best practices for innovation and growth, and

  • Public policy advocacy and government affairs.

Panelists will also take questions from the audience.

Dr. Michael Lomax, President & CEO, UNCF; Hauser Leader, Center for Public Leadership

Lodriguez Murray, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, UNCF
LaToya Owens, Ph.D., Director, Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, UNCF
Ed Smith-Lewis, Executive Director, Institute for Capacity Building, UNCF

Dr. Lomax's Atlantic article "How to Launch the Next Great Era of Black Prosperity"

This event is open to the public. The session will be recorded and may be posted to CPL's social media platforms. Attendees must register for sessions using the registration link above. Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodation or who have questions about access, please contact in advance of the session.

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Dr. Michael L. Lomax is president and CEO of UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African American students and a leading advocate of college readiness. Under his leadership, UNCF has raised more than $3 billion and helped more than 110,000 students earn college degrees and launch careers. Dr. Lomax is a spring 2021 Hauser Leader at the Center for Public Leadership. Click here to learn more about Dr. Lomax.

Lodriguez Murray, who joined UNCF in 2017, is senior vice president of public policy and government affairs. In this role, he develops and drives strategies to influence and mobilize action in the U.S. Congress and executive branch on the public policy priorities of UNCF, its 37 member HBCUs and the 50,000 students they serve. Click here to learn more about Mr. Murray.

LaToya Owens, Ph.D. is director of the UNCF Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, where her work largely focuses on strengthening institutional career placement and student persistence outcomes as well as institutional effectiveness and strategic planning at HBCUs and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Click here to learn more about Dr. Owens.

Ed Smith-Lewis is executive director of UNCF's Institute for Capacity Building, founded in 2006 and dedicated to building HBCU resiliency through intentional programming dedicated to improving institutional effectiveness, competitiveness and viability. He designs and implements systemic, strategic, integrated, and network-based processes to strengthen institutional infrastructures, programs, policies, procedures and outcomes for HBCUs. Click here to learn more about Mr. Smith-Lewis.

See also: Hauser Leaders