Centers and institutes are important components of the academic, research, and service mission of a college or university. They play an important role in enabling multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs and are a necessary part of a college or university’s infrastructure.

Centers and institutes have the potential for strengthening disciplinary programs by providing interdisciplinary course work, offering service learning opportunities, facilitating certificate programs, supporting degree program, enabling high levels of research productivity and providing external visibility for the college or university.

Here is a list of active Centers and Institutes at HBCUs:

Center for the Study of HBCUs | Virginia Union University

The Center for the Study of HBCUs, in partnership with the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), at Virginia Union University is a national research center whose vision is to become the country’s preeminent institution for the advancement of scholarship on Black colleges in the United States an beyond.

The national research center will conduct high-quality studies, serves as a connection and convener of the HBCU scholarly community, and disseminate publications that focus on the history, mission, and management of HBCUs.

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Center for Social Justice | Claflin University

Claflin’s Center for Social Justice embodies a number of Claflin’s guding principles, most importantly Commitment to Valuing People. At Claflin, people are valued by providing a safe, wholesome and healthy environment that fosters mutual respect, diversity, and inclusion. The Center of Social Justice at Claflin provides a platform of its mission to lead a national movement of change.

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Social Justice Institute | Philander Smith College

The work and mission of Philander Smith College is deeply rooted in social justice and equity – going back to its founding nearly a century and a half ago. Reimagined and reinvented in 2017 with strategic thought partners Auburn Theological Seminary and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the institute works to transform the campus, the community and the world.

The Institute seeks to embrace and catalyze work in social justice across multiple domains: education, health, environment, community, economics, politics, identity, civil, criminal, religious, racial, gender, and age.

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Law Center | Southern University System

The mission of the Law Center is consistent with the rich heritage of the Southern University System. The Law Center stresses legal education of high quality for qualified students from diverse backgrounds.

The Southern University Law Center is proud of the tradition established by the original School of Law – to provide quality legal education commensurate with high professional standards. The vision that compels the Law Center to seek excellence in every aspect of its program also fosters an environment that stimulates the intellectual processes and promotes professional development.

The center offers a dual degree Juris Doctor/Masters in Public Administration (JD/MD) program in cooperation with the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Southern University and A&M College.

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The John R. Lewis Institute for Social Justice | Fisk University

The John R. Lewis Institute is a continuation of the famous Race Relations Institute (RRI), which shaped so many conversation and policies during the 60s and 70s. The social, political, and economic issues that RRI founder Fisk President Charles S. Johnson identified during the 1940s are still critical to addressing and improving the existing disparities in the African American community.

This Institute includes a master’s program in social justice, in addition to certificate programs and undergraduate projects, research and forums.

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Center for Racial Justice | Dillard University

The mission of Dillard University’s Center for Racial Justice (CRJ) is to bring systemic change to the way policies is done in communities of color and to promote partnerships with law enforcement including police departments and sheriff’s office, graduate, and professional schools. The Center for Racial Justice will be a reservoir for lectures, research, advocacy training, civic engagement, and political participation.

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John Mercer Langston Institute for African-American Political Leadership | Virginia State University

The John Mercer Langston Institute for African-American Political Leadership (JMLI) at Virginia State University was created to honor the legacy of John Mercer Langston, the first African American Congressional Representative from Virginia and first president of Virginia State University.

JMLI’s mission seeks to assess, develop, and empower African American political leadership in the Commonwealth of Virginia through innovative programming, research, and advocacy. The Institute strives to promote an increased understanding of the historical significance, unique role and challenges faced by African American political leaders. A highlight of JMLI’s programming is the development and engagement of collegiate scholars who are interested in activism and pursuing careers in political science and public administration.

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– Updated November 9, 2020

Hello Supporter,

I wanted to inform you about the advocacy our organization does in support of students, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) 365 days of the year. Everyday, HCF tirelessly advocate for the better future of students, HBCUs, and MSIs as we continue to strengthen our role as leading advocates in the space of higher education.

We’d love to hear why you choose to support HCF. You can share your reason on social media using the hashtag #HCFILoveMyHBCU. We will share some of the heartwarming #HCFILoveMyHBCU stories on our social media pages throughout the month.

We thank you so much for your support. Your support and contributions only helps to strengthen our mission further each and every day, and continues the long-lasting fight to Campaign For HBCUs. Whether you serve on staff, volunteered, donated, or read or shared our content, it’s much appreciated. Because We Are HBCUs!

Warms Regards,
Demetrius Johnson, Jr.
President and CEO, Founder

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) announced on August 6, 2020, the award of more than $3.5 million to 11 Mississippi universities and community colleges for student support services. This award includes three historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The Mississippi institutions were eligible to take advantage of an extended U.S. Department of Education application deadline offered to schools located within federal disaster areas. The Student Support Services (SSS) Program awards represent first year funding of an anticipated five-year grant program.

“The Student Support Services Program funding gives these Mississippi schools resources to help students navigate post-secondary education requirements, which will be further complicated by the coronavirus pandemic over the next few semesters,” said Hyde-Smith, who serve on the Senate appropriation subcommittee with jurisdiction over federal education programs.

“I’m grateful our universities and community colleges affected by disasters, like flooding and severe storms, were giving additional time to quality for and win these grants,” she said.

The SSS, one of eight federal TRIO Programs, works to increase the college retention and graduation rates through programs to help students meet basic college requirements. The assistance may include grant aid to current SSS participants receiving federal Pell Grants.

The Mississippi schools receiving FY2020 SSS Program grants include:

  • Alcorn State University – $392,322
  • Copiah-Lincoln Community College – $338,971
  • Hinds Community College – $329,897
  • Holmes Community College – $337,287
  • Jackson State University (two grants) – $523,776
  • Mississippi State University – $292,898
  • Mississippi Valley State University – $305,957
  • Northwest Mississippi Community College – $334,571
  • Pearl River Community College – $372,972
  • University of Southern Mississippi – $306,037


Van B. Sapp

RALEIGH, NC – The HBCU Business Deans Roundtable announced that Van B. Sapp was elected President and Chair of the Board for the non-profit organization comprising of 80 business school deans. Van Sapp is the current Dean at Saint Augustine’s University School of Business, Management, and Technology, located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Van is succeeding Dr. Anthony Nelson, Dean, School of Business at North Carolina Central University. Established over twenty years ago with the assistance of Earl Graves, founder of the Black Enterprise media company, the organization is the preeminent advocate for business programs in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The organization’s primary focus centers around promoting curricula advancement to increase student preparedness, development of business school leadership, and creating partnerships with relevant business corporations.

Sapp recently moved to academia two years ago after a successful career in industry. He spent the first half of his career within the Sales Division of Kraft Foods, in eight roles of increasing responsibility before landing at PepsiCo. Working in several divisions across PepsiCo, Sapp become known as a versatile senior executive, with three Senior Vice President roles across marketing, sales, and general management. After 13 years with Pepsico, Van joined the loyalty company TCC Global as its US CEO and President of the Americas. A key conduit in these roles was his ability to develop executive talent. Dean Sapp is a graduate of two HBCUs, Tuskegee University, and Clark Atlanta University. He’s currently focusing his post-corporate retirement to focus on business school student of HBCUs.

“I am excited to use this opportunity to provide attention to the great work HBCU Business Schools have and are providing to our economy. In this time of raised racial consciousness, corporations who want to understand, develop deeper relationships, or build programming consistent with the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable’s mission should connect with this organization. The institution’s our Deans represent are stocked with talent,” said Dean Van Sapp.

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About HBCU Business Deans Roundtable
Founded in 1999 the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable was created to provide a forum to discuss opportunities and challenges; and, develop strategic alliances among HBCUs with other universities, foundations, government agencies, and corporations in support of excellence and productivity in management education. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been concerned about the formal business education of African American students since the Atlanta Exposition in 1895. Since that time, these universities have trained students who have become entrepreneurs, organizational leaders, and employees in enterprises that address economic needs throughout the world, especially within the African American community. Since HBCUs graduate a disproportionately large number of African American students, in need for management education in HBCUs continues.

Presidents of Georgia’s publicly supported historically black colleges and universities release joint statement.

Our nation’s current state of affairs requires the attention of all leaders to champion social justice and racial inequality. But before action must come thoughtful, engaged and strategic planning. As the presidents of Georgia’s publicly supported historically black colleges and universities we present the following statement.

“We have reached a crossroads; the events of the past few weeks have made even more certain our need to address the issues of social injustice and racial inequality. Across the country, people (like our students, faculty, staff and I) are hurting, angry and weary.  It is imperative that we work together to make things better for each other, our communities and our country. We must end racism now,” says Kimberly Ballard-Washington, interim president of Savannah State University.

Paul Jones, president of Fort Valley State University, says “As a Black man in America, I can relate to the feelings of hopelessness regarding our justice system in the United States and how it is often unfair and tilted against people of color. I am not immune to society’s ills because I enjoy the privilege of being a university president. I say to those who have resisted engaging in this matter, I call on you to join us in saying enough is enough. Racism is tearing away the very fabric of our country. It is taking its toll on us all, so we all share the responsibility of making things better.”

“Racism is reprehensible in all forms. The unconscionable acts of hate that have become common place must end.  Like many of you, the injustices that I’ve witnessed in the past few months have left me feeling heartbroken, concerned and incensed. We are at a tipping point in America regarding race relations, and if we do not employ constructive solutions, we will continue to witness and experience destructive responses. The events that are unfolding are the result of legitimate pain, frustration and the symptom of a bigger problem. The social and economic injustices that continue to plague our country have to end,” says Marion Ross Fedrick, president of Albany State University.

As university presidents we are taking an active and distinct role in educating our constituents (students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members). Our institutions have a historic legacy of developing strong leaders who fight at the forefront for equality in education, social justice, and who died for civil rights.

Albany State, Fort Valley State, and Savannah State have a responsibility to create opportunities for dialogue. We must lift voices, particularly of those who are often silenced. We are entrusted with our nation’s most cherished resources, minds seeking education and enlightenment.

We must prepare this and future generations of scholars and servant leaders to manifest the freedoms that America promises. These weeks of protest, often punctuated by anger, frustration and tears, remind us that organizing, strategizing and mobilizing can make real and lasting change. By consistently taking a stand, and speaking out, we can help to prevent tragedies, like the most recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Aubrey, Rayshard Brooks and others from ever happening again!

In the coming weeks, our institutions will host a tri-campus symposium on race relations in America. We must all understand and respect that Black Lives Matter!“

Kimberly Ballard-Washington, interim president of Savannah State University
Paul Jones, president of Fort Valley State University
Marion Ross Federick, president of Albany State University


Dear Supporters,

Our charge at HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is to work tirelessly to assist students, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). Thank you for your unwavering support throughout the years of our organization’s existence; we were able to make dreams come true. Furthermore, as we continue our mission to remain strong advocates for students and HBCUs, we would like for your continued support to become an HBCU Campaign Donor or Lifesaver in helping us in the longevity fight in strengthening the HBCU space.

Our mission is to fundraise while instituting initiative programming and partnerships in support of HBCUs and their communities. We’ll accomplish those goals by providing scholarships, endowments, and enhancing the significance of those who are supported by our organization.

Our fundraising campaigns are focused on raising funding for students who have financial needs to continue their college education or assist the organization with the necessary financing for providing initiative programming to students and HBCUs, Your contribution is critical and beneficial to many individuals who are supported through HCF who fall short financially. Our goal is to assist as many individuals in need and ensuring that they accomplish their dreams.

We are calling on all HBCU alumni, friends, affinity groups, and supporters of education to help us support students going to college and keep them in college by supporting the HBCU Campaign Fund with a generous gift to continue the proposed dreamed mission.

If you would like to become a donor or an HBCU Campaign Lifesaver, you can make an online donation at You may also donate through Cash App to cashtag $CampaignForHBCUs or send by mail to HBCU Campaign Fund, 12558 S. Princeton Ave, Chicago, IL 60628-7225. Your donation will provide access to the key of education for many students who are achieving their goals to success. We Are HBCUs.

Yours Sincerely,

Demetrius Johnson, Jr.
President and CEO, Founder
HBCU Campaign Fund

Statement by Demetrius Johnson, Jr.
President and CEO, Founder, HBCU Campaign Fund

America’s issue of racism and hate has transpired for too long over the years. However, recently police brutality has taken a toll more than ever before. Because of the usage of social media, citizens have been informed more about the dreadful impact of racism and hate towards the Black community. The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) was founded to help students and support all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). We work tirelessly to advocate for students and those institutions we serve in making sure that their voices are heard to virtually continue serving first-generation, and underprivileged students as well as their surrounding neighborhoods.

We have recently witnessed the brutal and uncaused for deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and David McAtee that have shaken our nation and once again demonstrated the heartless discrimination against the Black community.

Our country must continue to unite to dismantle racism and bigotry in all forms and denounce race-related violence and police brutality.

HCF looks forward to joining others and partnering with our nation leaders, HBCUs, and communities we serve in working together to heal our nation on those issues of racism and hate. We must not be silent. As Dr. King once reminded us all: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”


About the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF)

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a nonprofit advocacy educational organization that is mission to support the significance and raises funds for scholarships, initiative programming, and for public and private HBCUs and MSIs. HCF remains today as a strong advocacy for students and higher education. For more information, visit

During this uncertain time, every gift makes a difference. #GivingTuesdayNow is an additional way you can extend a helping hand in making a difference in the lives of those who are financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is Giving Tuesday Now?

#GivingTuesdayNow (May 5) is a global day of unity in response to the unprecedented need cause by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

What should you give to HCF during this critical time?

  1. Students’ are negatively impacted by the crisis and are at risk of not being able to continue their educational efforts due to financial need.
  2. Our HBCUs are at risk and negatively impacted by the sudden transition to eliminating face-to-face instruction and moving to online instruction.
  3. The lack of technology for students and HBCUs, for their students’ ability to ensure online classroom connectivity is successful. Such as providing laptop ability.
  4. The cost of managing online classes for smaller HBCUs. This will negatively impact the operational budgets for the forthcoming academic year.
  5. Help support HBCUs who may face revenue loss from several sources due to the elimination of face-to-face instruction.
  6. To ensure that HCF continues to have the resources to do its essential work of supporting students and HBCUs during this global crisis.

What Can You Do to Help?

Donate today by visiting, and share the donation on social media using #GivingTuesdayNow.

Donate via Mobile Cash App using cash tag $CampaignForHBCUs.

Share the word about our mission and follow #HBCUCampaignFund on Facebook, Twitter @hbcucampaign, and on Instagram.

WASHINGTON – On May 4, 2020, at 1 p.m. (ET), FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks will virtually host the HBCU Presidents’ Roundtable: The State of Connectivity in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic to discuss the connectivity needs of students, faculty, and staff at Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCUs) during this unprecedented crisis. As millions of people conduct their daily activities from their respective homes, the need to remain connected has become more important than ever. In order to facilitate distance learning, HBCUs across the country have found creative solutions to address broadband connectivity for their students and employees who live in rural areas, urban communities, and suburban towns.

HBCUs play a critical role in our nation, and these institutions must have the tools necessary to continue their leadership in education and service. This event will feature special remarks from U.S. Representative Alma Adams (NC-12) & U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) and convent Presidents and leadership from HBCUs across the nation. This panel discussion will be moderated by David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition and former Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. This hour-long event will be livestreamed at

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, President of Norfolk State University
  • Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, President of Kentucky State University
  • Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, President of Howard University
  • Dr. George T. French, Jr. – President of Clark Atlanta University
  • Dr. Larry Robinson – President of Florida A&M University
  • Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr. – President of Alabama State University
  • Mr. Tom Jackson – Vice Chancellor for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer of North Carolina A&T State University
  • Dr. Adebisi Oladipupo -Vice President for Information Technology of Morgan State University

Advance registration is not required. Audio/video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the internet from the FCC’s web page at The FCC’s website is free to the public.

For additional information about the roundtable, please contact Alisa Valentin in the Office of Commissioner Geoffrey Starks (202) 418-2500 or


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were established to provide to places for freed slaves to earn a quality education. These institutions continue to provide the necessary access to higher education to first-generation and low-income students today.

Today, there are roughly 101 HBCUs across the U.S. granting degrees to students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Many of the schools continue to manage to keep costs low despite having smaller endowments.

HBCUs play a pivotal role in American society, representing about 3 percent of two-year and four-year public and private nonprofit institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs, but award 17 percent of all bachelor’s degrees earned by black students. Over the last 20 years, HBCUs have also played a major role in graduating black students with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields.

Here are ten public and private HBCUs with the lowest tuition costs for in-state and out-of-state students, roughly range no more than $23,000 an academic year, including fees. Data were evaluated and pulled from the 2019-2020 cost of attendance charts from the institution websites.

Mississippi Valley State University
Itta Bena, MS
In-state tuition: $3,373 (Non-boarding)
Out-of-state tuition: $7,437 (Boarding – Standard)

Founded in 1950, MVSU provides comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts and sciences, and professional studies. The University is driven by its commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, service, and research.

Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley, GA
In-state tuition: $4, 024
Out-of-state tuition: $10,725

FVSU is the only University in the world which at once is a University of System of Georgia institution, a HBCU, and an 1890 land-grant institution. Since 1895, the University prepares students to embrace their genius as future global leaders and enabling discovery which will make real that only now imagined.

Wiley College
Marshall, Texas
Off-Campus (Non-Boarding): $6,576.00
On-Campus (Boarding): $10,118.00

Wiley College, founded in 1873 in Marshall, Texas, is a historically black, primarily liberal arts, residential, co-educational baccalaureate degree-granting institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The faculty provides a rigorous curriculum for preparing graduates for professional or graduate studies and/or productive careers in traditional and emerging career fields.

Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
In-state tuition: $6,606.69 (Non-Boarding)
Out-of-state tuition: $19, 233.96 (Boarding)

Elizabeth City State University provides affordable academic programs and services of exceptional caliber in a nurturing environment. The University will attract and retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty that will educate and lead students to become productive members of a global and increasingly interdependent society. ECSU continues to be a leading partner in enhancing educational and cultural opportunities and improving the economic strength in the region.

Claflin University
Orangeburg, SC
Off-Campus (Non-Boarding): $8,504.00
On-Campus (Boarding): $13,282.00

Founded in 1869, Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. Claflin is dedicated to providing a student-centered, liberal arts education grounded in cutting-edge research, experiential learning, state-of-the art technology, community service, and life-long personal and professional fulfillment.

Clinton College
Rock Hill, SC
Off-Campus (Non-Boarding): $10,020.00
On-Campus (Boarding): $19,721.00

Since 1894, Clinton College has sought to “design and implement an educational program that will help all students lead moral, spiritual and productive lives.” Since we believe that those goals are best achieved by persons whose education is holistic and inquiry based in nature, Clinton College has consistently maintained a liberal arts agenda as its primary focus.

Voorhees College
Denmark, SC
Off-Campus (Non-Boarding):
$12, 630
On-Campus (Boarding): $19,976

Voorhees College is a four-year, co-educational, career–oriented liberal arts college affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. Voorhees College is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s degrees.

Talladega College
Talladega, AL
Off-Campus (Non-Boarding): $13,846.00
On-Campus (Boarding): $20,701.00

Talladega College is an institution rich in history whose mission is to equip its graduates for the global community through academic excellence, moral values, community service and professional development. Talladega College is dedicated to producing well rounded leaders who think independently, who are self-assured, and who are committed to intellectual growth and service to their community.

Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, FL
Off-Campus (Non-Boarding):
On-Campus (Boarding): $22,888

Edward Waters College is a small, Christian, Historically Black, urban liberal arts college that offers quality baccalaureate programs. The College strives to prepare students holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of intellectually stimulating programs, and an environment that emphasizes high moral and spiritual values in keeping with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Edward Waters College seeks to develop excellence in scholarship, research and service for the betterment of humanity.

Harris-Stowe State University
St. Louis, MO
In-state tuition: $16,674.89
Out-of-state tuition: $21,306.80

Harris-Stowe State University is strongly committed to providing a high quality education experience that is both affordable and accessible to the diverse populations within and beyong the metropolitan St. Louis region. The University emphasis on professional growth and personal development that is essential for an educated person entering a professional field.