Deputy Director of White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Participate in Event that Focuses on Academic Success of African American Males

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Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Ivory Toldson will attend an event—“HBCUs 2020: Plotting the Path through HBCUs for African American Males”—on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Charlotte, N.C. The White House Initiative on HBCUs, in collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Urban Education Collaborative at UNC Charlotte, will bring together students, educators, policy makers and others to discuss key policies and strategies for increasing college value, access and opportunities for African American males at HBCUs. The session will focus on pathways to success through strong leadership and scholarship, and provide information and guidance on federal support programs and offerings.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama—as a part of his broader commitment to advance opportunities for all Americans—noted he’s reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing tough odds stay on track. On Thursday, the President will unveil his new initiative My Brother’s Keeper. Partnering with foundations, businesses and others, and focusing on strategies proven to get results, the initiative will take action to ensure that every young man of color who is willing to work hard has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential.