UNCF to Congress: More Funding for HBCU Priorities is Necessary

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UNCF’s Senior Vice President presented testimony on behalf of HBCUs and underserved students


UNCF Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs Lodriguez Murray delivered public witness testimony on May 26 before the House Appropriations Committee panel which funds the Department of Education.

At the hearing, with a focus on the Fiscal Year 2023 budget that Congress must write and pass, Murray spoke on the needs of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as well as how Congress could help students from underserved backgrounds.

The main focus of the testimony was the congressional need to fund the Title III “Strengthening HBCUs” Program at a robust $500 million, which would be an increase from the current level of $337 million. Mr. Murray noted that one HBCU in particular received a $100 million funding increase, by themselves, in FY 2022.  Therefore, it is logical that the Title III “Strengthening HBCUs” program should receive a $100-plus million increase since the collective of over 100 institutions all share in the program.

After Murray’s testimony, House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK) both noted UNCF’s testimony was thorough and compelling. Together, they questioned their overall funding numbers and if their allocation would allow that level of funding increase.

A key component of Murray’s testimony addressed the juxtaposition between the recent pandemic related influx of funding for HBCUs versus the long-standing underfunding of the institutions.

“More can be done by Congress to support HBCUs. As much funding as has come our way, I want to be clear: a two-year influx cannot reverse 150 years of systemic, persistent underfunding. HBCUs have been at the forefront of improving education and health disparities long before the issues have recently become vogue,” said Murray.

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About UNCF

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically Black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20% of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.