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.
UNCF and NFL’s Inspire Change initiative hosted “Voice of the Future,” a virtual convening that used the Critical Race Theory to expose an understanding of the contextual experiences of Black and brown HBCU scholars and their leaders. Our goal is to uncover how race mediates the shortage of resources, access, and respect for Black and brown scholars specifically those studying at HBCUs. Addressing issues of racial injustice, while providing next steps for partners who stand in solidarity to take, as they maintain influence and power in society.
There are myriad opportunities to advocate for HBCUs. Some are quick and easy, and others require a larger commitment of time and energy. All of these efforts are important to ensure that HBCUs can continue to invest in tomorrow’s leaders.
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.