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HBCU team at the Bank
Conference

Mon., Oct. 5, 2020

Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Rural South

Online
Audiences: Business Leaders, Community Advocates, Community Investors, Policymakers

Welcome to the Richmond Fed’s inaugural Investing in Rural America Week, a three-day sharing of digital content that will give you insight and information on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, rural health care and agriculture, in particular in the Federal Reserve Fifth District.

Over the next three days, you can visit this page to learn more about the unique challenges and opportunities faced by communities in rural areas of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and parts of West Virginia — issues that likely reflect rural communities nationwide in some ways, allowing for the sharing of information, ideas and resources that you’ll discover on this page.

  • October 5: Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Rural South
  • October 6: Innovative Rural Health Funding Strategies
  • October 7: The State of Agriculture in the Fifth District and Beyond (content co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City)

The most recent information will be featured at the top of the page throughout the week. Thank you for joining us for this experience! If you find it helpful, invite your colleagues and others to visit this page as well.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Rural South

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have played a critical role in educating some of the nation’s best and brightest students of color, and 32 of these institutions are based in the states that encompass the Fifth District of the Federal Reserve.

Several of these schools are located in rural counties and others serve large numbers of students from rural parts of the District.  

Map of HBCUs

 

Panel Discussion: HBCU Presidents Speak

In a time when rural communities and HBCUs are experiencing unique challenges, and all institutions are struggling with the COVID-19 response, what must happen for these schools to not only survive, but also thrive?  What is the value they add to the communities in which they are located? Hear from three presidents of HBCUs based in the Fifth District — and from moderator attorney and HBCU alum Bakari Sellers — as they share why they believe that rural HBCUs, in particular, are so vital to the students they serve and to their communities.

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Moderator: Bakari Sellers

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Perspective From An Alum

Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin had an insightful discussion about the importance of HBCUs with North Carolina A&T University alum and lauded entrepreneur Geoff Foster, founder and CEO of Core Technology Corp., based in Greensboro, NC. Listen in.

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Recommended Reading:
A UNCF and University of Georgia Report –
HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

 

Recommended Viewing:
PBS Independent Lens
Tell Them We Are Rising: This film traces the history of HBCUs in America.


The Richmond Fed is Home to Numerous HBCU Alums!
Our Bank is proud to include among our colleagues graduates of HBCUs from across the Fifth District and beyond. Meet some of our team members.

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    1 of 8 Rural America Week: Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Rural South

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    5 of 8 Rural America Week: Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Rural South

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    8 of 8 Rural America Week: Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Rural South

“Understanding the challenges and opportunities of the less prosperous parts of the Fifth District is a key part of fulfilling our mandate, and in our District much of those areas are rural small towns. Though our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, we’ve shown throughout history that unprecedented change can turn into opportunities. And so this is an opportunity for these parts of our District to rewrite their endings.” - Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin.

 

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