National HBCU Conference Week
September 26-27, 2013
At the end of September, the White House Initiative on Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) hosted a two-day national conference commemorating National HBCU Week. The purpose of the conference was to highlight the significant contributions which HBCUs have made to the nation and to address the challenges they face going to forward.
WARA was represented at this conference by Stephanie Guirand, who reached out to HBCUs with information about WARA’s programs and potential partnerships. WARA has a special relationship with HBCUs, our first home having been at Howard University, which remains a core member of WARA. More recently, other HBCUs such as Spelman and Morgan State have also become WARA members. WARA’s aim is to promote African and diaspora studies in HBCUs through the many opportunities for research and overseas study available through the WARA network.
Ms. Guirand mingled with presidents and provosts of some of the nation’s top HBCUs to explain the benefits of WARA membership. A number of HBCUs are now interested in joining WARA to build and expand their African & Africana Studies programs. We look forward to welcoming them to the WARA family of institutions.