The NBA is continuing its ongoing commitment to HBCUs through three new key efforts.

NEW YORK – The NBA has announced an extension of its ongoing commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with new programs designed to create greater opportunity for students and alumni, encourage economic advancement and further celebrate their rich traditions. As part of this partnership, the NBA will develop new programs and events focused on the HBCU community – specifically around professional development, career advancement and increased support and awareness for HBCU athletics and institutions.

The NBA is committed to supporting the growth of the next generation of leaders from the Black community. HBCUs – which produce 20 percent of the country’s Black college graduates but only account for three percent of all colleges in the United States – have historically been under-resourced, averaging one-eighth the size of endowments of historically white colleges and universities. The NBA’s programming will advance educational, career and economic opportunities in collaboration with HBCU networks, and will focus on three areas:

New Fellowship Program for Career Development

  • Launching in 2022, the NBA and its teams will offer a new paid fellowship program for undergraduate and graduate students. The program, which will be led by the NBA Foundation, will offer HBCU students the opportunity to gain real-life insights and professional experience around the business and operations of basketball. The students will work in positions at the league office and NBA and WNBA teams, and be matched with a league or team employee mentor as part of their experience. Applications for the program will open on Careers.NBA.com in the coming months.

NBA HBCU Classic

  • Building off the success of NBA All-Star 2021, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) will once again highlight the HBCU community during NBA All-Star 2022 in Cleveland
  • The celebrations will be highlighted by a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) matchup between Howard University and Morgan State University men’s basketball teams. The game will be played at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland on February 19, 2022 and will be broadcast live.
  • During NBA All-Star, more than $1 million will be contributed in support to the HBCU community through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and academic institutions. Additionally, HBCUs will be showcased through unique content, storytelling and special performances.

Additional Programming:

  • The NBA, G League and Basketball Africa League will leverage their pre-Draft combines and showcase events for HBCU players, coaches and athletic trainers. These engagements will increase exposure and opportunities to pursue professional basketball careers.
  • The league will expand the NBA’s targeted referee development strategy to leverage existing programs and focus on identification, training and educational opportunities for HBCU students and alumni in the officiating pipeline.
  • The NBA 2K League will host events with HBCU networks to introduce students to careers in gaming and esports, creating pathways for students to pursue careers in the growing industry.
  • HBCU alumni and Black entrepreneurs will partner with the league as part of the NBA’s commitment to onboarding more minority-owned businesses as league licensees.
  • The NBA will air special alternate game telecasts this season featuring interactive enhancements on League Pass and will work with HBCU schools to provide special experience around those select games.
  • These new efforts will bolster the league’s support of HBCUs and their students through additional scholarship programs, business case competitions, mentorship, networking and internship opportunities with partners, teams, the NBA Foundation and other members of the NBA family. Former NBA Commissioner David Stern served as a founding member of the TMCF Board of Directors for more than 30 years.

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Friends and supporters are invited to help the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) continue its mission in raising the necessary funds to provide scholarships and support higher education by making a gift on #GivingTuesday, November 30. Gifts donated during HCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign will be used where needed most in support of students attending HBCUs and higher education, specifically Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs).

HCF is pleased to join in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses individuals, communities, and organizations’ collective power to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. The organization’s set fundraising goal is $50,000.

“As HCF continues to strengthen its advocacy mission in support of students and higher education, our organization will keep the momentum going as among one of the leading that inspires and transform the HBCU and PBI community and assists students in reducing the financial burden on their educational goals,” said HBCU Campaign Fund’s Founder, President & CEO, Demetrius Johnson Jr. “With the help of our supporters, the fight to Campaign For HBCUs will continue to assure that HCF can support the important assignment that HBCUs and MSIs do in providing quality education to a black and diverse population of students. Our fundraising goal will provide the leverage for our organization to strengthen our philanthropy ability to overcome and continue supporting our students, higher ed institutions.”

Leading up to #GivingTuesday, donors are encouraged to join the movement by posting a #Unselfie on social media or speaking about why you support HCF as an HBCU supportive organization and using the campaign hashtag #HCFGivingDay. You can sign-up to volunteer as a Social Media Ambassador to provide HCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign and share the #GivingTuesday social media post/flyers (pictured below) on social media.

For more information, donors are welcomed to visit the HCF’s Giving Tuesday campaign page. The organization has identified four scholarship funds and initiative programs that donors can assist with in reaching its goal to continue benefiting students and our partners.

  • Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour
  • The Brenda G. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • HBCU General Scholarship Fund
  • Campus Student Ambassador Program

Higher education can be the debt of students in accomplishing their educational goals. In order to fulfill our mission at HCF and make a difference, the campaign for students, HBCUs and MSIs is vital. We ask of your support and we hope that you choose HCF as your charity of choice on #GivingTuesday, November 30th!

About HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF)
HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a nonprofit educational organization that support the significance and raises funds for scholarship, initiative programming, and for private and public HBCUs and MSIs. HCF remains a strong advocates for students and higher education. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

About GivingTuesday
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundred of million people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. For more information, visit www.givingtuesday.org.

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2019 Southern Heritage Classic at Liberty Bowl Stadium in Memphis, TN. Photo Creds: Division of Strategic Communications and Media Relations / HBCU Campaign Fund.

CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF), non-profit advocacy, educational organization, announces today that representatives’ will hit the road this fall once again for its 5th Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) football classics. The tour will be joined by its Division of College Recruitment and Scholarships on specific dates to recruit students to HBCUs. The Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour is the organization’s largest initiative program.

Last year, the tour was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic that paused outside events due to a health scare and rising numbers of cases/deaths. The previous year, the tour made stops at the Southern Heritage Classic College and Career Fair and football gameChicago Football Classic College Fair and football gameCircle City Classic college fair and football gamethe University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s homecoming football game, and the Bayou Classic. This year, the tour will add the Fountain City Classic game (Albany State vs. Fort Valley State) in Columbus, GA. The Division of College Recruitment and Scholarships joins the SHC and CFC college fairs tour to provide students with imperative information about attending college and the HBCU experience/campus life.

“We are so pleased to return to normalcy and finally receive the opportunity to enjoy HBCU football again traditionally. We cannot wait to get back on the field sidelines to cover some HBCU football, recruit for HBCUs and enjoy our supporters never like before,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., Founder, President & CEO at HBCU Campaign Fund. “We look forward to when planning season comes around for the tour and when it begins to enjoy our outreach efforts in telling the story of our nation HBCUs and MSIs. This initiative is an important part in pushing our advocacy mission forward.”

A representative of the Division of College Recruitment and Scholarships at HBCU Campaign Fund speaking with students at the 2018 Chicago Football Classic College Fair in Chicago, IL.

The Division of College Recruitment and Scholarships was established to partner and recruit prospective students to HBCUs and MSIs. Representatives are assigned to mentor and encourage students to choose the right HBCU that fits their educational needs. The division has also established their signature “College Bound Guide Folders,” which provide students with information such as college tips, scholarship information, in-kind HBCU recruitment materials – brochures and flyers, and career planning information.

“We look forward to getting back out to meet with students in encouraging them to choose HBCU; that is our mission and goal at HCF. We also hope to continue to inspire and meet other members of our HBCU community as well as supporters who follow the work of our organization,” Demetrius added. “We hope this tour continues to bring empowerment and awareness to our HBCUs while making sure that the name of those institutions is known to the unknown.”

The 2021 confirmed dates are as follows below.

  • Sat., Sept. 10-11: Southern Heritage Classic College/Career Fair and Football Game / Memphis, TN
  • Sat., Oct. 30: Magic City Classic Football Game / Birmingham, AL
  • Sat., Nov. 6: Fountain City Classic Football Game / Columbus, GA
  • Sat., Nov. 26: Bayou Classic Football Game / New Orleans, LA

More dates are still to be confirmed. All dates are subject to cancellation and may not be rescheduled.

If you would like to donate to support HCF’s continued advocacy work and the Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour, you may visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org/donate or text “CAMPAIGNFORHBCUS” to 1-844-701-5181. Cash App is also an option using our Cashtag $CampaignForHBCU.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund
The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) was founded in 2012 and is a non-profit educational organization that remains a strong advocate for students and higher education. The mission of HCF is to support the significance and raise funds for scholarships, programs, and for private and public HBCUs and MSIs. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

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Dr. Gourjoine M. Wade

SEGUIN, TX – Texas Lutheran University announces the appointment of Dr. Gourjoine M. Wade as the next Vice President of Student Life & Learning and Dean of Students effective July 12, 2021.

Dr. Wade comes to TLU from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he has served as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students since 2017. He has also held a variety of student life positions at Alabama State University, Arkansas Baptist College, and Prairie View A&M University.

“My family and I are absolutely thrilled to be joining the TLU family,” said Dr. Wade. “I’m eager and excited to work with President Cottrell and the leadership team. During the search process, I enjoyed the virtual visits and engagement with TLU stakeholders, especially the students. I instantly knew this was a community where I could add value, collaborate with passionate colleagues, and work tirelessly to support students as they navigate the college experience, especially our first-generation. Over the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to listening and learning from all of the various stakeholders within the TLU community and lead our team on a path forward that will build upon the exceptional work being done by the superstars within the Division of Student Life & Learning.”

He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Grambling State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Walden University in higher education administration and higher education leadership and management, respectively.

He is also a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), where he holds the Region III African American Knowledge Community Co-Representative position. Dr. Wade serves on the Conference Advisory Committee for the NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education and led Grambing State University’s efforts to successfully join the 2020 Cohort of the NASPA First Gen Forward Initiative.

Listed by digital leadership expert Dr. Josie Alhquist as one of the 40 Digital Leaders to Follow, Dr. Wade has been named a Higher Ed Digital Leader and serves as a member of the Student Affairs Digital Task Force, a national collective of social media and digital through leaders in higher education. He was also a member of the 2017 Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs Cohort and was recognized by the HBCU Campaign Fund as a 2021 Emerging Higher Ed Professional.

TLU President Debbie Conttrell said Dr. Wade’s passion for serving students and his commitment to contributing to TLU’s future will position him well as he moves into his senior leadership role on campus.

“My deep appreciation goes to our Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sarah Ferguson and the members of the search committee (Jessica Anderson, Mark Dibble, Sam Hijazi, Andie Janicek, Bill Miller, Rosanna Noriega, and Elliott Powell) who performed critical work in evaluating applicants, coordinating and participating in interviews, reading campus feedback carefully, and providing guidance to me throughout the search process,” said Dr. Cottrell.

Dr. Ferguson said it was apparent from her very first contact with Dr. Wade that he displayed an excitement for student life and learning.

“At every point in the process, he showed a deep understanding of student affairs,” said Dr. Ferguson. “It was very clear that he had done his homework about TLU and our students. His positivity is infectious and I’m excited for what that energy will bring to our campus.”

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UNCF and the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.) announce their inaugural Presidential Leadership Foundation Institute cohort (PLI) made possible by the Kresge Foundation. Developed through a partnership with UNCF’s Executive Leadership Institute, PLI will intentionally engage presidents at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominately Black institutions (PBIs) as they navigate their first two years of leadership.

This year’s cohort includes:

  • Thomas K. Hudson, J.D., Jackson State University
  • Vernell Bennett-Fairs, Ed.D., LeMoyne-Owen College
  • Bobbie Knight, J.D., Miles College
  • Kevin James, Ed.D., Morris Brown College
  • Cheryl Evans Jones, Ph.D., Paine College
  • Ivy R. Taylor, Ed.D., Rust College
  • Nicole Pride, Ed.D., West Virginia State University
  • Ronnie Hopkins, Ph.D., Voorhees College

UNCF and H.E.L.F. will work with a cohort of eight presidents to deepen relationships and share best practices among current and former HBCU leaders. Through their engagement, the cohort will deepen their ability to balance internal and external leadership roles, articulate their vision and enlist others to support visionary institutional change. The cohort will receive training and mentorship by H.E.L.F. senior fellows who are current or former HBCU presidents. The group will meet in June and December of 2021. Board members at each participating institution will be invited to join UNCF’s Executive Leadership Series, offering professional development and networking for board members at HBCUs and PBIs.

“The curriculum assists presidents during their first year of leading HBCUs,” said Herman Felton, J.D., Ph.D., principal of H.E.L.F. and president of Wiley College. “Our research-based program utilizes best practices that complement and enhance the skills these presidents have developed throughout their leadership career. H.E.L.F.’s dynamic faculty and senior fellows have a wide variety of backgrounds and are from higher education institutions across our nation. They have completed successful tenures as presidents, and some have served multiple presidencies at public and private institutions.”

“HBCUs are hubs of thought leadership and produce the best and the brightest Black leaders,” said Dr. Michael Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF. “This leadership starts at the top with executive officers who are dedicated to continuing the legacy of HBCUs as spaces of transformation and innovation. This is why the work to build capacity and leadership within our HBCU presidents is so important; we will continue to afford them with opportunities that illustrate their diverse skillsets while preparing them for leading their respective campuses.”

During the summer, H.E.L.F. will host the inaugural PLI cohort for a series of trainings that will focus on the academic enterprise with intentional focus on finances, brand management and value proposition, accreditation, institutional effectiveness and the nuances of situational leadership. The convening will take place at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, FL.

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About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically Black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20% of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

About H.E.L.F.
Founded in 2015, H.E.L.F.’s (Higher Education Leadership Foundation)mission is to develop leaders by exposing them to innovative ideas, scholars, successful practitioners, and expert administrators from across the country. Through this work, the Foundation seeks to reframe the narrative around leadership at HBCUs which will enable these historic institutions to continue their growth and sustainability while advancing their missions while also advancing the Foundations mission to Lead, Inspire, and Lift. Please visit us at www.heleaders.org, and @heleaders on Twitter to learn more.

The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) recognizes Stress Awareness Month

In 1992, April was established as National Stress Awareness Month to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach how to fight stress, and create methods to overcome stress. Try 5 ways that will help you fight stress courtesy of the Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute.

Understanding Stress and Its Effect

Experiencing stress in and of itself is not harmful, but when stress is prolonged, extreme, or constant, it can lead to health issues, both physical and mental. Stress can raise your blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels, leading to fatigue, digestive health issues, and even poor cardiovascular health. Stress can also be a trigger for unhealthy life choices like drinking, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and lazing in days away.

How To Fight Stress

Too many of us are missing out on life due to stress, but there are steps you can take to manage stress and its negative effect. You cannot eliminate or change stress, but you can change how you react to it. Some ideas on how to fight stress are to:

  • Stay Positive: Every day, as often as possible, think about and be grateful for all the amazingly wonderful things in your life: a comforting love, a good job, or a great vacation. Practice gratitude for the things you take for granted, like a roof over your head, food in your fridge, or modern medicine. Enjoy small stuff: coffee already made when you get to work; the first robin of spring; a funny cloud that makes you laugh.
  • Meditate: When you are feeling stressed, take time throughout your day to do some deep breathing and relax. Try to clear your mind, rid yourself of all negative thoughts, and breathe in positive energy. Practice mindfulness, being aware of your surroundings, other people, and what you do or say. Try journaling thoughts and events to help you understand their significance, learn from them, and then let them go.
  • Make Healthy Choices: You do not need to join a gym and work out 2 hours a day to stay active. Take a daily walk…or 2…or 3. Adopt a healthy way of eating, avoiding refined sugars and carbs and processed foods. Fight stress by sticking to a diet of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. Lastly, give your body the time it needs to recover by getting adequate rest.
  • Try a Social Detox: Unplug from the world. Put down the devices, and better yet, turn them off completely. Try to go as long as possible without looking at social media, texting, tweeting, or using any electric communication or entertainment. Enjoy the beauty of the present.
  • Enjoy Stress Relievers: What do you like to do that will make you relax? Read a book, listen to music, paint, draw, sing, dance. Relax in a warm bath and indulge in some aromatherapy. Increase circulation and reduce stress hormones with some massage therapy. Whatever brings your contentment and peace, include it in each day.

These tips can help you learn how to overcome stress, but the Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute understands that sometimes these things just aren’t enough. Stress often leads to serious problems with both mental and physical health, so there program are designed to address stress and the resulting disorders.