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On Thursday, March 7, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) joined the Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) Caucus for the second annual HBCU STEAM Day of Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
This annual event brings together education and industry leaders and members of Congress for a collective day of advocacy for the nation’s 102 HBCUs and their 300,000 students.
During STEAM Day, the coalition meets with Republican and Democratic members of Congress in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. The Senate and House Appropriations Committees, House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity & Inclusion, Congressional Black Caucus, House Education and Labor Committee, and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee host meetings with the group.
More than 40 members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meets with the coalition.
“B-CU is proud to participate in the second annual HBCU STEAM Day of Action,” said Interim President Hubert L. Grimes. “HBCUs are drivers of their local economies and help prepare our nation’s students for 21st Century opportunities.
“HBCU STEAM Day is vitally important because we must ensure that our institutions have the tools and resources, not only to survive, but to thrive. I thank Congresswoman Adams for her leadership and look forward to continuing to work together to secure greater resources for our students,’’ Grimes added.
Impact of HBCUs
Stated Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus: “HBCUs contribute nearly $15 billion to our annual economy and have provided pathways of opportunity to millions of Americans, many of whom are first-generation college students. Despite being historically underfunded and under-resourced, these institutions continue to produce top talent. HBCUs produce 42 percent of Black engineers, 47% of Black women engineers, and 40 percent of the Congressional Black Caucus. I would not be in Congress today if not for the North Carolina A&T University.’’
“That is why HBCU STEAM Day is so important. It’s a day when HBCUs and their students come to Capitol Hill and advocate for greater resources – and they don’t come alone. They come with industry leaders who have made a commitment to creating strategic and sustainable partnerships with HBCUs. There is no workplace diversity, especially within STEAM fields, without HBCUs. I am proud to host the second annual HBCU STEAM Day of Action and to make clear to all in Congress that HBCUs matter,” she added.
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Added Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee: “Historically Black Colleges and Universities are an important part of our higher education system and provide unique opportunities to their students. As we work on updating the Higher Education Act this Congress, my goal is to make sure that all colleges and universities, including our nation’s HBCUs, are worth students’ time and money.’’