August 2019 marked the first "HBCU Send-Off"event of CT HBCU Alumni Network, and the beginning of a movement! The organization's flagship event "HBCU Send-off" was the brainchild of four HBCU Alumni-- Medria Blue-Ellis (Howard University), Kendrick Bracey (Morehouse College/Xavier University), Alice S. Coleman (Hampton University), and Shante Teel-Williams (Howard University). While each hailing from different Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country, the friends found that they shared the bond of an experience like no other... the HBCU EXPERIENCE! The goal of this newly formed "Network" was to gather others residing in Connecticut who shared their EXPERIENCE of an HBCU education and use their passion to encourage prospective HBCU students throughout the state of Connecticut to
EXPERIENCE the Education... BUILD the Legacy!
The Founding Network
EXPERIENCE The Education... BUILD The Legacy!
The CT HBCU Alumni Network, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Southern Connecticut. Serving the entire state of Connecticut, "The Network" aims to support the mission and vision of Historically Black Colleges and Universities by developing a community of its students and alumni living in Connecticut, that are committed to stand as ONE in friendship and service. Building the HBCU legacy that is at the foundation of African-American culture is a major initiative of our network.
Executing this mission, through building the foundation of programs in the areas of College and Career Readiness, Health & Wellness, Economic Empowerment, and Policy Advocacy, is what gives "The Network" its purpose. Celebrations of accomplishments and networking among the dynamic and talented alumni that HBCU's produce, is what gives "The Network" its strong bond.
Prosepective HBCU students, current HBCU students, HBCU Alumni, and allies alike, are welcome and encouraged to participate in contributing to this foundation, continuously developing individual strengths, knowing all along that at the top is where we will meet as one.
From the foundation of the pyramid that the orgnization's logo represents to its pinnacle, where all points meet at the top-- those who EXPERIENCE the HBCU Education are now COMMITTED to share the great knowledge passed along from the many before us.
TOGETHER we work to BUILD a Legacy-- an indestructable structure-- to be admired by all!
According to a report from the American Institutes for Research, among Black STEM Ph.D. holders, more than a third earned their undergraduate degrees at HBCUs.
To support the mission and vision of Historically Black Colleges and Universities by developing a community of its students and alumni living in Connecticut, that are committed to stand as ONE in friendship and service. Building the HBCU legacy that is at the foundation of African-American culture is a major initiative of our network.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities will be recognized and respected as the valuable and essential institutions of higher learning that they have proven to be. ALL will recognize that HBCU's produce African-American graduates who's impact on the professional world has long surpassed the impact that predominantly white institutions have had on African-Americans entering the professional world. FULL awareness of the value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities amongst ALL cultures, will be commonplace for students throughout the state of Connecticut.