Public Policy and Government Affairs

“Democracy is never a final achievement. It is a call to an untiring effort.”
—John F. Kennedy

UNCF’s Public Policy and Government Affairs work is centered on one simple yet powerful commitment: To invest in better futures for our young people by making sure that the needs of students of color and the colleges and universities they attend top the agenda whenever policymakers set education priorities.

Our efforts center on two key goals:

1) Ensuring lawmakers have the information they need to make smart, well-informed decisions about UNCF students and member HBCUs, and

2) Ensuring our stakeholders—like you—have the information and tools they need to make their voices heard.

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A Once-in-a-Generation Outcome: The FUTURE Act Signed by President, Becomes Law

On December 19, 2019, President Donald J. Trump signed H.R. 5363, the FUTURE Act, into law. This landmark legislation permanently extends mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to increase their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outcomes, among other things. The law also eases the burdens on low-income, first generation college students by simplifying the process for applying for student financial aid.

UNCF Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy Lodriguez Murray talks to Newsy about the passage of The FUTURE Act and what it means to HBCUs

With so much at stake and so many issues at the forefront, it’s important to ask questions of every candidate or campaign about the things that matter to you and the HBCU community. The HBCU Issues Guide provides information for the HBCU community and its supporters on issues critical to protecting and uplifting our institutions and the students we serve.


View the UNCF Congressional Honor Roll

HBCUs Punching Above Their Weight, a research report released by UNCF, makes a strong case for a powerful proposition: Given their small average size and a history of being under-resourced, the enrollment, degree and economic impacts of HBCUs on African Americans in their respective states are significantly greater than one would expect.

Read the Report

UNCF Federal Policy and Advocacy Team

We help educate elected officials about the needs of our students, the value of HBCUs and the important role education plays in keeping America strong.

Meet the Team

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Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee is made up of UNCF-member institution presidents who are academic and community leaders, all of whom have a passion for—and a commitment to—providing educational opportunity.

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