Career Pathways Initiative—CPI in the News

UNCF announces the awarding of Liberal Arts Innovation Grants to four institutions participating in the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative (CPI). The initial investment from UNCF provides up to $300,000 to each institution to create a campus-based or virtual liberal arts innovation center that focuses on merging the technical discipline of STEM, healthcare, education, and finance into the liberal arts. The development of these Liberal Arts Innovation Centers (LAIC) will enable the institution to expand the research, provide training and development opportunities to faculty and staff and to incubate and test approaches to implementing embedding technical disciplines into the liberal arts.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: How 3 Experts Say Colleges Can Prepare Students for 21st-Century Careers (7/1/19)
Edward Smith-Lewis, director of the Career Pathways Initiative at UNCF, and two other experts discuss integrating career development into the educational experience. >> Read More

Sirius/XM: Lomax Interview with Joe Madison (7/25/18)
Madison and Dr. Michael Lomax of UNCF discuss a career initiative for black college students—The UNCF Career Pathway Initiative. >> Listen Here Best Practices and Solutions are Shared at UNCF Convening (7/24/18)
If you ask Spelman College student Genesis Thigpen about some of the pressing challenges that face historically Black colleges and universities, retention is at the top of her list. “I think students have to understand how important it is to stick it out and get the degree,” says Thigpen, a rising junior from Jackson, Miss., who is majoring in economics. “Going to an HBCU can be a difficult thing, especially if someone doesn’t have the money to stay in school. It can be very easy for someone to just drop out.”

Thigpen, a summer intern at the United Negro College Fund’s Atlanta office, had a captive audience of HBCU presidents from 37 of the UNCF member schools who gathered here for three days to share best practices and to train a spotlight on the use of data in their decision-making processes. The 3rd annual UNCF Career Pathways Initiative Convening & Data Institute brought together HBCU leaders to strategize about the 21st-century workforce, large-scale change and how to prepare students for a rapidly changing, technology-driven world. >> Read More