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Why HBCUs?

These anchor institutions are critical launchpads for the educational and economic advancement of their students.


The Strada HBCU Initiative seeks to build upon what HBCUs already do: invest in leaders of the future and position them to change the world.

Students aspire to not only graduate from college, but also to build meaningful careers and lead successful lives, and HBCUs have been helping students reach their goals for more than 150 years. HBCUs are a significant driver of degree attainment and economic mobility, for all of their students.

Strada walks alongside the 49 institutions that are part of its HBCU Initiative, helping them continue to offer an affordable option for aspiring college students, provide access to quality coaching, and create opportunities for work-based learning that will help these students build a bridge between education and career.

HBCU Advisory Council


The core components of the HBCU Initiative were shaped and defined under the guidance of the HBCU Advisory Council of current and former HBCU presidents and chancellors.

Aminta Breaux

(co-chair)
Strada Board of Trustees, President
Bowie State University

Marshall Grigsby

(co-chair)
Trustee Emeritus, Strada Board of Trustees
Former President, Benedict College

Roslyn Clark Artis

President
Benedict College

Leonard Haynes

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education
Former Acting President
Grambling State University

Adena Williams Loston

President
St. Philip’s College

Quinton T. Ross Jr

President
Alabama State University

HBCU Partners

Partnering with HBCUs helps more students achieve better outcomes for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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Strada Scholars

Strada Scholars are changemakers who aim to make significant contributions on campus, within the community, and in their future careers.

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Engage With Us

Interested in knowing more about the Strada HBCU Initiative? Reach out to learn more about HBCUs’ success as drivers of degree attainment and economic mobility.

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