James Cole Jr., general counsel, delegated the duties of deputy secretary, will give remarks at the 2016 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)/Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) Making & Innovation Challenge Recognition Day on Monday, June 20, in Washington, D.C. He will highlight the value of innovation in education and the need for students to become more critical thinkers. In addition, Cole will discuss the importance of hands-on projects and encourage students to develop and grow their ideas.
The event will bring together HBCU/TCU student teams, federal agency partners, and HBCU stakeholders to showcase the innovation and technical talent of its students and faculty. It supports the White House's Week of Making, June 12-23, and also highlights and encourages the development of technical skills, innovation and entrepreneurship. The recognition program will be hosted by the White House Initiative on HBCUs, the United Negro College Fund, and the National Science Foundation.