NACE's HBCU Summit

The National Association of Colleges and Employers Proudly Presents:

NACE’s 4th Annual HBCU Summit
February 21-22, 2024

Talent Acquisition Reimagined: Cultivating Partnerships and Defining Innovation

Calling all diversity trailblazers! You’re invited to attend one of NACE’s most impactful events of the year — now a national award-winning program!

All are welcome and encouraged to attend this two-day summit, which brings together leaders from HBCUs, other colleges and universities, and talent acquisition experts to explore and solve for the real-world challenges we are facing. Together, these diversity trailblazers share employer relations and recruiting strategies plus from-the-field insights to help build sustainable partnerships between HBCUs and employers committed to diversity recruiting.

NACE’s 4th Annual HBCU Summit will shine a light on "talent acquisition reimagined: cultivating partnership and defining innovation." This includes strategies used to navigate the world of HBCU student recruitment today and leading practices to successfully continue to do so in the future.

For HBCUs, non-HBCUs, and employers committed to recruiting a high-quality, diverse workforce, NACE’s HBCU Summit provides the opportunity to:

  • Learn innovative approaches from leaders at top-tier HBCUs, the best and the brightest HBCU students, and fully engaged career services professionals and early talent recruiters.
  • Build your network and strengthen existing relationships.
  • Enrich employer relations, recruiting, and hiring strategies and practices informed by data-driven research, analysis, and insights; and
  • Develop sustainable partnerships to provide HBCU talent with equitable access to meaningful career opportunities while building a vibrant workforce.

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See the impact this event has made, and why the HBCU Summit is a winner of ASAE’s prestigous 2023 Summit Awards:

2024 Agenda

Speaker information coming soon.

February 21, 2024

Welcome: Why we are here, what to expect, and how participants can take part in and move the dialogue to advance recruiting initiatives forward. Featuring leadership from NACE and NACE’s HBCU Affinity Group.

Leaders dedicated to HBCU success will discuss their thoughts on Affirmative Action’s repeal, its effects on HBCUs, and what the future of HBCU talent engagement will look like.

HBCU students will share their experiences and early career narratives accessing resources designed to connect them with employers. Panelists will talk about the effectiveness of implemented strategies revealed in the Recruiting for Equity at HBCU’s and Beyond Research Report project and will highlight recruiting efforts by employers that speak to them. In this straight talk session, the group will focus on gaps, possible solutions, and what matters most in the HBCU talent engagement process.

During this time, we invite you into conversation. You will gather with others from across the country for a collective think-tank on goals, challenges, and successes related to engaging HBCU students as either Career Services or Talent Acquisition professionals. We will define "innovation" together as professionals with aligned HBCU talent acquisition interests. Themes and key takeaways will be gathered and shared later during NACE’s HBCU Summit.

February 22, 2024

Continuing the Momentum: What to expect, what to do next, and how to incorporate the insights from Day One of NACE’s HBCU Summit. Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we ramp up for the second day of NACE’s 2024 HBCU Summit.

Building off the Part 1 student panel discussion, another group of current HBCU students will have more straight talk on what matters most when addressing the gaps and possible solutions in the HBCU talent engagement process. They will unpack a different, yet equally important, set of topics related to their early career narratives and their suggestions for effectively connecting with HBCU student talent.

This session will pull out the themes and key takeaways from conversations held during the Practitioners’ Forum – a Meeting of the Minds. With goals, challenges, and successes related to HBCU student engagement as conversation drivers, representatives from the think-tank held on the Summit’s first day will share salient insights to champion this work.

This session will highlight successful partnerships between industry employers and HBCU Career Centers. Spokespersons will share how their partnerships work and tips for those interested in replicating something similar.

*Subject to change.

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This event is open for non-HBCU organizations to attend and is free to all HBCU staff.

★ Did you know? Sponsors receive complimentary registrations. ★

Find out how you can support HBCUs and send your team to this event for free.

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Questions or General Inquiries?

Contact NACE Education & Events at, 610.625.1026.


NACE’s HBCU Summit is designed to support all HBCUs in their efforts to support their students’ career development and entrance into the workforce.

Free to All HBCUs

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.

Sponsored Resources

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.

Lasting Connections

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.

Impacts & Outcomes To Date

  • 2,234 HBCU Summit attendees over first 3 years
  • Provided complimentary NACE membership for 5 years for all HBCUs; currently 91 HBCU institutions out of 106 are NACE members
  • Provided complimentary registration for HBCUs to attend additional NACE virtual webinars and events

146 sponsors have funded NACE's HBCU initiatives, which have resulted in:

  • Hosted two in-person networking events for companies and HBCUs
  • Hosted 10 roundtable events between HBCUs and employers to uncover collaboration opportunities

HBCU Schools

Alabama State University
Albany State University
Alcorn State University
Allen University
American Baptist College
Arkansas Baptist College
Barber-Scotia College
Benedict College
Bennett College
Bethune-Cookman University
Bishop State Community College
Bluefield State College
Bowie State University
Central State University
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Chicago State University
Claflin University
Clark Atlanta University
Clinton College
Coahoma Community College
Coppin State University
Delaware State University
Denmark Technical College
Dillard University
Edward Waters College
Elizabeth City State University
Fayetteville State University
Fisk University
Florida A&M University
Florida Memorial University
Fort Valley State University
Gadsden State Community College
Grambling State University
Hampton University
Harris-Stowe State University
Hinds Community College at Utica
Howard University
Huston-Tillotson University
Interdenominational Theological Center
Jackson State University
Jarvis Christian College
JF Drake State Community and Technical College
Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary
Johnson C. Smith University
Kentucky State University
Knoxville College
Lane College
Langston University
Lawson State Community College
LeMoyne-Owen College
Lincoln University
Meharry Medical College
Livingstone College
Miles College
Mississippi Valley State University
Morehouse College
Morehouse School of Medicine
Morgan State University
Morris Brown College
Morris College
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Central University
Oakwood University
Paine College
Paul Quinn College
Philander Smith College
Prairie View A&M University
Rust College
Savannah State University
Selma University
Shaw University
Shelton State Community College
Shorter College
Simmons College of Kentucky
South Carolina State University
Southern University and A&M College
Southern University at New Orleans
Southern University at Shreveport
Southwestern Christian College
Spelman College
St. Augustine's University
St. Philip's College
Stillman College
Talladega College
Tennessee State University
Texas Southern University
Tougaloo College
H. Councill Trenholm State Community College
Tuskegee University
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
University of Tennessee
University of the District of Columbia
University of the Virgin Islands
Virginia State University
Virginia Union University
Virginia University of Lynchburg
Voorhees College
West Virginia State University
Wilberforce University
Wiley College
Winston-Salem State University
Xavier University of Louisiana

Become a Sponsor

Has your organization made a commitment to support workforce diversity? Consider a sponsorship to support HBCUs in their efforts in preparing students for competitive and fulfilling careers, through the underwriting of:

  • Complimentary NACE membership to support HBCU Career Services Centers.
  • Expenses for a team of HBCUs to attend the NACE24 Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
  • Other professional development opportunities (webinars and virtual conferences) made available for all HBCU Staff.

As a special thank you, sponsors will receive an:

  • Invitation to join a series of VIP HBCU/Employer Roundtable Events that will take place later in 2024.
  • Invitation to attend NACE’s HBCU Summit In-Person Event during the NACE24 Conference and Expo in Phoenix, AZ.


Contact Katrina Schreefer, Senior Business Development and Outreach Manager, NACE, at, 610.625.1020.


Event Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting this year-long HBCU initiative!

Lead Sponsor

Strategic Sponsors

Initiative Sponsors

Ally Sponsors

Contributions from NACE Members

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.



Spelman College

Catrina DosReis



Saranette Williams

Saranette Williams

Norfolk State University