• Alumni Engagement is Key in HBCU Philanthropy

    In this episode of On The Yard, we talk with Emile Parker, Director of Alumni Relations at Oakwood University, and Cheri Wilson, Executive Director of University Advancement, about how HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions can effectively position themselves as beneficiaries of major philanthropic gifts. 

    27m - Mar 22, 2023
  • The Importance of Owning the Finances

    In this episode of On The Yard, we learn how Allen University President Dr. Ernest McNealey is blazing a new pathway for Allen University through strong fiscal management. A major challenge that many Historically Black Colleges and Universities face is a lack of adequate financing. This is why Dr. McNealey emphasizes the importance of presidents taking ownership of the financial affairs of their university and thinking strategically about money as a tool to enhance the institution's overall goals.

    S2E13 - 31m - Mar 15, 2023
  • The Importance of Collaboration and Access

    There is a rising interest in HBCUs among college-aged students. In this episode of On The Yard, we learn about the recruiting and enrollment issues that HBCUs are now facing from Dr. Cynthia Warrick; yet, at Stillman College, they make it easy for students to attend, graduate and become leaders in their respective fields.

    S2E5 - 25m - Mar 8, 2023
  • Activating Diversity and Equity on HBCU Campuses

    HBCUs have long prioritized Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Martin University is no exception. Martin University President Dr. Sean L. Huddleston believes in the importance of incorporating diversity and inclusion initiatives into a university's goals and strategies as an essential component of a university. In this episode of On The Yard, we discuss the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in HBCUs and how these institutions have their own level of diversity.

    S2E11 - 28m - Mar 1, 2023
  • Elevating the Legacy of Social Justice

    In this episode of On The Yard, we discuss the ways in which these historic institutions bring society full circle to confront the issues that are facing our communities. Dr. Harris believes that HBCUs are historically devoted to social justice and have a legacy of demonstrating what they can accomplish to improve society and the world. “HBCUs have been advocating for a whole sense of democracy, justice, freedom, and giving people full access to the things that make a human flourish,” said Dr. Harris. 

    S2E10 - 29m - Feb 22, 2023
  • Leveraging the Expertise of HBCUs

    In the eyes of many HBCU leaders and champions, these historical institutions are the leading experts in educating first-generation, under-resourced, and Pell-eligible students. In this episode of On The Yard, we sit down with Lane College President Logan Hampton to explore how HBCUs provide many under-resourced yet brilliant and capable students with an opportunity to attend college and graduate.

    S2E2 - 34m - Feb 15, 2023
  • The Significance of Investing in HBCUs

    The greatest challenge that Historically Black Colleges and Universities confront today is funding. However, Tougaloo College is worth the investment, according to Tougaloo College President Carmen Walters.In this episode of On The Yard, we discuss the value of strategic partnerships and donors in propelling HBCUs forward, as well as the role Tougaloo College plays in connecting the past to the present through these initiatives. Dr. Walters share how she developed a strategy that includes goals for improving the student learning experience and driving Tougaloo College forward through academic rigor and social justice.

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    S2E1 - 38m - Feb 8, 2023
  • How HBCUs Battled the Pandemic

    In this episode of On the Yard, we sit down with Southern University Vice President of External Affairs and University Relations Robyn Merrick, Ph.D. to discuss how HBCU campuses managed the pandemic while educating their communities and protecting students and faculty. We explore how HBCUs managed to make shifts rapidly and what the fall may look like for these historic institutions.

    38m - May 28, 2021
  • Addressing the Legacy of Underfunding HBCUs

    It is no secret in certain circles that HBCUs don’t receive public funds at the same level as predominantly white institutions. But, what’s being done about it?

    Tennessee State Rep. Harold M. Love, Jr. is leading a legislative committee which found the state owed its only public HBCU between $150 million and $544 million. This is happening at a time when historically Black institutions in Maryland are rejoicing after settling a landmark case that determined the state discriminated against its four Black colleges.

    This issue is not just an issue for HBCUs in Tennessee or Maryland.

    Take a listen to find out what's happening in Tennessee, how the Maryland case presents a unique opportunity for HBCUs, and what leaders and advocates can do to help.

    45m - May 14, 2021
  • Collaboration and Partnerships at HBCUs

    The power of networking and developing authentic relationships could be a key to success for HBCU leaders and advocates, according to Rust College President Ivy Taylor. In this episode of On the Yard, we explore the importance of collaboration and relationship building as a method to move HBCUs forward.

    31m - May 7, 2021
  • Overcoming Frozen Success

    What, exactly, IS frozen success? In this episode, On the Yard explores the phenomenon of 'frozen success' detailing what it is, how it happens and what HBCU institutions can do to overcome it. In a conversation with St. Augustine's University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Josiah J. Sampson and Stillman College of Business Dean Isaac McCoy, the pair explain how intentional storytelling and purposeful partnerships are key to bolstering and extending the relevance of these historic campuses.

    52m - Apr 30, 2021
  • The Importance of Community Partnerships

    The episode explores the connection between the larger community and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Through a conversation with Isaac Y. Addae, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Tennessee State University (TSU), On the Yard showcases the extent to which these historic institutions must be supported by business, government, and community leaders.

    31m - Apr 23, 2021
  • HBCUs and the Biden-Harris Administration

    This episode explores what historically Black and minority-serving institutions can expect from the Biden-Harris presidential administration. Through a conversation with Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, Director of Virginia Union's Center for the Study of HBCUs, On the Yard highlights the policy agenda established by President Joseph R. Biden.

    1h 11m - Apr 16, 2021
  • The Landscape

    Dr. Brittany Mosby shares her insight on the trends happening across the HBCU landscape. Dr. Mosby is the director of HBCU Success for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

    28m - Apr 8, 2021
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