Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are a source of accomplishment and pride for the Black community and higher education. They are also a key source of high-quality, diverse talent for employer organizations.
NACE’s HBCU Summit brings together leaders from HBCUs, talent engagement, and partner organizations—NACE and INROADS—to share employer relations and recruiting strategies and insights that will lead to robust, sustainable, and scalable partnerships among HBCUs and employer organizations committed to diversity.
Establish new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships.
Enrich employer relations, recruiting, and hiring strategies and practices informed by data-driven research, analysis, and insights.
Collaborate to develop ongoing, scalable, and sustainable partnerships to provide HBCU talent with equitable access to fulfilling career opportunities and build a vibrant workforce.
Welcome: Why we are here, what to expect, and how participants can take part in moving the dialogue to advance recruiting initiatives forward. Featuring leadership from NACE and INROADS.
Dr. Tony Allen, President of Delaware State University and Dr. Harry Williams, President & CEO of Thurgood Marshall College Fund, are two leaders dedicated to the success of HBCU talent. During this session, they will share insights related to supporting HBCUs and their students on a national scale to bridge college to career and cultivate inclusive work environments. They will also identify actions that individuals and organizations can own to accomplish these goals. This conversation will be facilitated by Shawn VanDerziel, NACE Executive Director.
Current HBCU students will share their early career experiences accessing resources designed to connect them with employers. Panelists will highlight internship experiences, recruiting efforts by employers, gaps that should be addressed, and what differentiates an employer of choice from competitors. Seldric Blocker, Executive Director of Asset & Wealth Management Campus Recruitment for JPMorgan Chase, who is an INROADS alumnus and NACE HBCU Affinity Group co-lead, will moderate this session.
The Carolina Cluster Career Pathways Initiative, supported by UNCF, is an innovative collaboration among Benedict College, Claflin University, and Voorhees College. Cathy Franklin, Executive Director of the Carolina Cluster Pathways Initiative, will be joined by representatives from this collaboration. They will share their successes and discuss ways employers can demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through powerful partnerships.
Leaders from a variety of organizations that support HBCU students financially as well as with connection to career opportunities will come together during this session. Together, they will share how their resources promote HBCU student matriculation, early talent placement, and how schools and employers can leverage them in ways are win-win. They will provide insight on resources that are relevant for the present and the future. Kacheyta McClellan, NACE Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, will facilitate the conversation.
During this interactive session, HBCU career center representatives will offer brief introductions about their role and their students, and then respond to employer attendee questions. Together, the presenters will identify partnership opportunities that benefit the students that are served and recruited from their schools.
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NACE’s HBCU Summit is free to all HBCUs. We encourage all on-campus staff to attend. A link will be emailed directly to our contacts at these schools. Need assistance? Contact NACE Education & Events at email@example.com, 610.625.1026 for your link today.
NACE’s HBCU Summit is designed to support all HBCUs in their efforts to support their students’ career development and entrance into the workforce.
NACE’s HBCU Summit is free to all HBCUs. HBCUs administrators and staff, including career services and employer relations professionals, are encouraged to take part.
Sponsorship will support each institution’s efforts to prepare its students for competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship, and service to our nation by underwriting professional development, conference attendance and targeted research.
Additional opportunities for participants to continue to connect, engage, and learn from each other will be available through NACE Roundtables and other events, including, as possible, in-person events.
NACE and INROADS are looking for sponsors to help support this initiative.
Organizations committed to workforce diversity and to developing and supporting relationships with HBCUs are encouraged to consider sponsorship, which includes a variety of registration options. Sponsorship also provides opportunities to enhance your recruiting brand among NACE Member HBCUs through the following:
Interested in supporting this initiative? Contact Ashley Kuback, Business Development and Outreach Manager, NACE, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 610.625.1020.
Core to our purpose: to support HBCU students’ career readiness and equitable access to career opportunities that prepare them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship, and service to our nation. By bringing together HBCUs and employer organizations, NACE’s HBCU Summit facilitates connections between talent source and talent engagement based on a mutual understanding of and appreciation for expectations, needs, and goals.
Thank you to NACE’s HBCU Affinity Group for their contributions to event programming. NACE Affinity Groups provide NACE members with ways to build community, share resources, form leading practices, and build our knowledge in the profession.
NACE’s HBCU Affinity Group is comprised of 172 NACE member volunteers.