Center for Advancing Opportunity Executive Director Participates in Supporting HBCUs Panel Discussion

On February 23, proud graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) participated in a panel that explored how mayors and their cities can undertake efforts to highlight and support HBCUs that reside in their communities, such as by inclusion of HBCUs in municipal planning and infrastructure projects, building public sector and private sector career pipelines with HBCUs, and hosting key civic events at HBCUs when feasible.

Center for Advancing Opportunity Executive Director Ja’Ron Smith participated in the panel discussion, hosted by the African American Mayors Association’s (AAMA) Institute for Racial and Economic Justice on the topic of “Supporting HBCUs.” Fellow panelists Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham, Mayor of East Point, Georgia; Derek Lewis, President of the South Division at PepsiCo North America, and the Honorable Stephanie D. Nellons-Paige, Regent at Texas Southern University in Houston. The session was streamed via Streamyard and Facebook Live.

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