The 8th Annual Black College Summit paired close to 400 eager high school, community college, and four-year college students with school representatives from numerous Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), at Holman UM Church on Thursday, November 8. The goal was to connect community college and high school students with HBCU recruiters providing on-site acceptance, admissions and scholarship information, and other resources.
According to event chair, E. Elaine Moore, admissions officers from 18 HBCUs attended, where college information and on-site admissions was offered to eligible students. As part of the Holman United Methodist outreach ministries, the Summit was organized by the Bridges-to-HBCUs committee, which is chaired by Moore.
“The annual goal is to inform and provide admissions opportunities to the community. I believe that education is the pathway to a better life. Gaining a college education can lead to a better job, a higher standard of living, better health, and can provide people of color more opportunities to help others and give back,” said Moore.
Gregory Delahoussaye is executive director of Educational Student Tours/Black College Tours Program, a non-profit corporation that organizes and conducts tours to HBCUs for high school and California community college students. According Delahoussaye, the purpose of the Black College Summit to increase awareness of our historically Black colleges and university. “To a great extent, our youth are not aware of HBCUs and their value. They don’t realize that that they have a real opportunity to become a part of an educational environment in which they are the center of the universe, exclaimed Delahoussaye!”
Admissions officers from 17 HBCUs attended were coming off of an 11-day caravan that visited Community Colleges from Sacramento to San Diego, in an effort to recruit and inform students, as part of the Chancellor’s Office – California Community College Transfer Guarantee to HBCUs Program, which guarantees admissions for community college students with a minimum of 30 transferable units and 2.5 GPA.