Educating the HBCU Way: Sigma Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s HBCUs Rule The World College Fair

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Happy Wednesday Luvs!

This past Saturday I attended the "HBCUs Rule The World" College Fair at Broughton High School in Raleigh, NC with my best friend, Nikita, whose also a fellow HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) graduate by way of Elizabeth City State University. It was such a welcoming feeling once we entered the gymnasium and we were infused into an environment of 21 HBCUs. Each table represented was a legacy of higher education, history, and culture all in one central location. The fact that rising juniors and seniors along with their families could enter one space and have the opportunity to speak with 21 HBCUs in one day was simply amazing. I would have loved this as an impressionable student at that tender age and I was delighted to see my alma mater North Carolina Central University. One of the national platforms of the sorority's "Educational Enrichment Initiative" has a focus called ThinkHBCU which chronicles the importance of student enrollment and the historical value of HBCUs to our nation. We had an opportunity to speak with Mrs. Stephanie Davenport, Vice-President of the Chapter, about the event, her sorority's involvement, and why you should consider attending an HBCU.

So here's how it all went down......

What are your thoughts on having the "HBCUs Rule The World" program today and how it goes in conjugation with your sorority national initiative ThinkHBCU? 

This program is so important to our community and to our students. Especially, our African-American students to make sure they are aware of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universites) and what they offer. Alot of times they don't realize that these schools offer so much and they can have a great college experience that leads to a great career.

What types of workshops do you have today for students? 

We have two workshops going on today. First, we have a "Student Financial Aid" workshop facilitated by Naona Wood, Student Financial Aid Specialist II at Wake Technical Community College, and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The second workshop is the "College Experience" which is facilitated by Attorney Rhonda Raney with a guest student panel. This is an opportunity for students to ask questions and get a real life example of what its like being on an HBCU campus.

(Left) Attorney Rhonda Raney & Guest Panel            (Right) Presenter - Naona Wood

Did you attend an HBCU?

Yes, I attended North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. So yes I'm an Aggie and I had a wonderful experience because its a family environment when you attend an HBCU.

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What do you hope is the outcome for today's program? 

I would like for students to walk away with information and knowledge about our Historically Black Colleges and Universities and feel the HBCU pride as they make their college decisions.  We also hope that today will bring a greater awareness of our HBCU College Fair and that next year we attract more high school students and HBCUs across the nation.

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A special thank you to Cafe Carolina & Bakery, Krispy Kreme for supplying the donuts for our breakfast, and the Sigma Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for volunteering today.

- Vice-President Stephanie Davenport

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Over the past few years we've seen HBCUs face the harsh reality of lower student enrollments and limited financial funding but its been at the heart of the alumni to revive what is the HBCU Experience. As we proceed with the classes to come I think its important as alumni to pay it forward by supporting our Historically Black Colleges & Universities. So if your considering attending college or starting the process for your student don't forget to ThinkHBCU.

Until next time Ladies & Gentleman this is The Lux Blog- K. Knight

Here is the listing of the schools that participated and their website information: 

Morehouse College - http://www.morehouse.edu/

Florida A&M University - http://www.famu.edu/

Tuskegee University - http://www.tuskegee.edu/

Virginia Union University - https://www.vuu.edu/

Winston Salem State University - https://www.wssu.edu/

Spelman College - http://www.spelman.edu/

Shaw University - http://www.shawu.edu/

Norfolk State University - https://www.nsu.edu/

Fayetteville State University - http://www.uncfsu.edu/

Hampton University - http://www.hamptonu.edu/

Elizabeth City State University - http://www.ecsu.edu/

Howard University - https://www2.howard.edu/

North Carolina A&T State University - http://www.ncat.edu/

North Carolina Central University - http://www.nccu.edu/

St. Augustine University - http://www.st-aug.edu/

Livingstone College - http://www.livingstone.edu/

Bennett College - http://www.bennett.edu/

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania - http://www.cheyney.edu/

Wilberforce University - http://www.wilberforce.edu/

Texas College - http://www.texascollege.edu/

M&M Tutoring Group - http://www.mmedugroup.org/