HBCUs Matter


Our goal is to use historical documents drawn from The 1619 Project and case studies of HBCUs to highlight the historical role HBCUs played in shaping the current American higher education system, the policies that govern this system, and modeling inclusive and effective teaching and leadership practice. This collaborative team effort will also provide space for knowledge sharing between K-12 and higher education educators about culturally affirming pedagogical approaches. Our classes of focus will consist of a higher education governance course at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), an eighth-grade social studies course at a progressive independent co-educational school, and a graduate higher education leadership course at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

HBCUs Matter Logo - HBCUs Matter in dark yellow text with various HBCU logos in the background


  • Graphic with the text "HBCUs Matter" in yellow and surrounded by logos of HBCUs

    Graduate students reflect on the context of United States before, during, and after the establishment of various higher education institutions to evaluate how slavery shaped higher education.

    February 17, 2024
  • Black and Indigenous students in the U.s. look at a blackboard at Hampton Institute in 1899

    Graduate students analyze essays from The 1619 Project, as well as case studies from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) started by and led by formerly enslaved Black Americans.

    February 16, 2024