Connect with us

Events

2024 Apple’s Arts and Entertainment Accelerator Program for HBCU Students!

Avatar

Published

on

Apple’s Arts and Entertainment Accelerator Program for HBCU Students Has Commenced for the Year!

Apple, in partnership with Southern Company and Propel Center, has started its 2024 initiative aimed at fostering diversity and inclusivity as part of their Racial Equity and Justice Initiative in the arts and entertainment industry. The Arts and Entertainment Accelerator Program for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) reflects Apple’s ongoing commitment to supporting underrepresented communities and providing young, talented individuals with the resources and opportunities to succeed in their chosen fields.

Program Overview

The Arts and Entertainment Accelerator Program works closely with 19 HBCUs and hosts 50 HBCU students for an immersive two-week experience. The program started on June 10 at Tennessee State University and will conclude at Clark Atlanta University the week of June 16. The program is designed to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and industry connections to excel in the competitive arts and entertainment sectors. Participants will have the chance to engage with industry leaders, attend workshops, and gain hands-on experience with the latest technology and creative tools provided by Apple.

“Apple is dedicated to empowering the next generation of artists and creators,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. “By investing in HBCU students, we are not only helping to diversify the industry but also ensuring that these talented individuals have the support and resources they need to thrive.”

Key Components of the Program

Workshops and Masterclasses: Students will participate in a series of workshops and masterclasses led by industry professionals, covering various aspects of the arts and entertainment industry, including music production, filmmaking, digital media, and more.

Mentorship Opportunities: The program will pair students with mentors from Apple and its network of industry professionals. These mentors will provide guidance, career advice, and support, helping students navigate their paths in the industry.

Hands-On Projects: Participants will have the opportunity to work on real-world projects using Apple’s state-of-the-art technology. This practical experience is designed to enhance their skills and prepare them for future careers.

Networking Events: Throughout the program, students will attend networking events where they can connect with peers, professionals, and potential employers, building valuable relationships that can support their career growth.

Enhancing Diversity in the Arts and Entertainment Industry

The 2021 launch of the Arts and Entertainment Accelerator Program is part of Apple’s broader $100 million pledge to enhance diversity and inclusion across various industries. By focusing on HBCU students, Apple aims to address the historical underrepresentation and systemic obstacles faced by many people of color.

“We recognize the importance of diverse voices in shaping the future of arts and entertainment,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services. “This program is about giving talented HBCU students the opportunities and exposure they need to succeed and make their mark on the industry.”

Impact and Future Prospects

The initiative has been widely praised for its potential to create significant positive impact. By providing HBCU students with direct access to resources and industry leaders, Apple is helping to bridge the gap between education and professional success for underrepresented groups.

“This program is a game-changer for HBCU students aspiring to enter the arts and entertainment industry,” said Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President of Benedict College. “It not only provides them with critical skills and knowledge but also opens doors to invaluable opportunities and networks.”

Looking ahead, Apple plans to continue and expand the Arts and Entertainment Accelerator Program, potentially including more HBCUs and increasing the number of participants. The success of this initiative could serve as a model for other companies seeking to invest in diversity and inclusion within their industries.

Continue Reading

Campus

Historic First: Morgan Price Becomes First HBCU Gymnast to Win National Collegiate Title

HBCU ORIGINAL

Published

on

In a groundbreaking achievement, Morgan Price has made history by becoming the first athlete from a historically Black college or university (HBCU) to win a national collegiate gymnastics championship. Competing for Fisk University, Price secured the title with an impressive all-around score of 39.225 at the USA Gymnastics’ 2024 Women’s Collegiate National Championships held in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

USA Gymnastics proudly announced, “Morgan Price is the first USAG Collegiate National Champion from an HBCU!” This historic win came amidst fierce competition from athletes representing 12 different college teams.

Price’s journey to this historic victory began in 2023 when she joined Fisk University’s newly formed intercollegiate gymnastics team. Initially, she had committed to the University of Arkansas, but a compelling question from Fisk’s Coach Corrine Tarver—”Do you want to make history?”—led her to switch her allegiance to Fisk University.

Since its inception, Fisk University’s gymnastics team has attracted significant media attention, featured on ESPN, and enjoyed sold-out meets. Reflecting on her experience, Price shared in 2023, “It is enjoyable to be around your culture. Since we are the first, we have a lot of eyes on us, and our support system is excellent. Seeing the fans and little girls cheering us on was super fun.”

Her team celebrated her remarkable win with a triumphant social media post declaring, “THE PRICE IS RIGHT. Etch her name in the HISTORY BOOKS.”

Price’s achievements continue as she is set to compete in the Individual Event finals on Sunday, showcasing her skills on vault, bars, and floor.

Continue Reading

Alumni Spotlight

Embracing Excellence: A Salute to HBCU Grads Across the Nation!

HBCU ORIGINAL

Published

on

In the heart of bustling cities and nestled in the serene landscapes of the South, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) stand as beacons of opportunity, empowerment, and community. As another academic year draws to a close, it’s time to honor and celebrate the incredible achievements of the graduates who have walked the halls of these esteemed institutions. So, to all the HBCU grads, from Howard University to Xavier University of Louisiana, from Alabama State University to Delaware State University, we extend our warmest congratulations!

Each HBCU holds a unique place in the tapestry of American higher education, nurturing the minds and spirits of students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. From the vibrant campus life of Florida A&M University to the rich cultural heritage of Hampton University, from the innovative spirit of North Carolina A&T State University to the historic legacy of Tuskegee University, these institutions have played a vital role in shaping the leaders, scholars, and trailblazers of tomorrow.

To the graduates of Bowie State University, Claflin University, and Dillard University, among others, your journey has been marked by moments of triumph, resilience, and growth. As you prepare to embark on the next chapter of your lives, armed with knowledge, passion, and determination, know that the entire HBCU community stands behind you, cheering you on every step of the way.

To the faculty, staff, and administrators who have dedicated themselves to nurturing the academic and personal development of HBCU students, we express our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support and commitment to excellence.

As you don your caps and gowns, prepare to walk across the stage, and accept your hard-earned diplomas, remember the values instilled in you by your alma mater: integrity, scholarship, and service. Whether you’re entering the workforce, pursuing advanced degrees, or blazing new trails in entrepreneurship and innovation, carry the spirit of HBCU pride with you wherever you go.

To the parents, families, and communities who have stood by your side, offering love, encouragement, and unwavering belief in your potential, we celebrate your sacrifices and contributions to the success of these remarkable graduates.

And to the future generations of HBCU students, may you be inspired by the achievements of those who have come before you, and may you continue to honor the legacy of excellence and achievement that defines the HBCU experience.

Congratulations, HBCU grads! Your accomplishments are a testament to your hard work, dedication, and resilience. As you set forth to make your mark on the world, remember that the sky is the limit, and the HBCU community stands ready to support you every step of the way. Here’s to a bright and promising future filled with endless possibilities!

Continue Reading

Campus

The Power of the HBCU Vote: Shaping Our Nation’s Future in the 2024 Election

HBCU ORIGINAL

Published

on

In the heart of our nation’s democracy, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) stand as beacons of hope and opportunity. From the historic halls of Howard University to the vibrant campus of Spelman College, these institutions have long been pillars of empowerment for Black communities across America. As the 2024 election approaches, HBCU students find themselves at a crucial crossroads, with the power to shape the course of our nation’s future. Here’s why their vote matters now more than ever.

Picture the bustling campus of Howard University, where students from all walks of life come together to pursue their dreams and aspirations. Or imagine the spirited debates at Morehouse College, where young minds are molded and shaped into tomorrow’s leaders. From Howard to Morehouse, from Spelman to North Carolina A&T, HBCUs serve as incubators of excellence, fostering a sense of pride and purpose in every student who walks through their gates.

But the journey from student to citizen begins not in the classroom but at the ballot box. In the upcoming 2024 election, HBCU students have the opportunity to make their voices heard and their votes count. And the candidates vying for office are taking notice.

On one side of the political spectrum stands former President Donald Trump, seeking to reclaim the White House with promises of economic prosperity and America-first policies. On the other side stands President Joe Biden, running for reelection on a platform of unity and progress for all Americans. These candidates represent starkly different visions for our nation’s future, and the choice between them could not be more clear.

But the importance of the HBCU vote extends beyond individual candidates and political parties. It’s a force for change, a rallying cry for justice and equality in a world that too often falls short of its promises. In a country where systemic racism and inequality continue to divide us, HBCU students have a responsibility to stand up and be counted – to demand a seat at the table and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.

So, as the 2024 election draws near, let us heed the call to action. Let us honor the sacrifices of those who came before us by exercising our right to vote. Whether we’re studying at Howard University in the nation’s capital or marching on the campus of Spelman College in Atlanta, let us raise our voices and make our voices heard. Together, we can build a brighter future for ourselves, our communities, and generations to come.

In the end, the choice is ours to make: to remain silent or to speak up, to sit on the sidelines or to take a stand. Let us choose wisely, for the future of our nation depends on it. And remember, when HBCU students vote, they don’t just make history – they shape it.

Continue Reading

Events

Biden campaign working to turn its HBCU support into electoral support

frustration over student loan debt relief

HBCU ORIGINAL

Published

on

The Biden administration has invested major time and money into historically Black colleges and universities in an effort to follow through on promises and maintain its standing among two groups that were critical to President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory: young voters and Black voters.

Now, as the president runs for re-election, the administration will find out just how much goodwill those investments have built — and how much that matters when stacked up against other policy issues important to HBCU students and alums.

In addition to providing more than $7 billion in funding to the schools, the administration has directed its agencies to maximize resources and opportunities for HBCUs and convened multiple meetings of HBCU students and leadership.

“Their commitment to us, as well to make us feel heard and understood, is critical and crucial,” said Lauren Dent, a student at Spelman College. “That’s something that honestly another administration hasn’t really shown HBCUs in the past.”

Vice President Kamala Harris has been at the forefront of the administration’s efforts to maintain a consistent focus on HBCUs. Harris, an HBCU grad herself (Howard University), included several HBCUs on her “Fight for Our Freedoms” college tour last fall, which the White House framed as focusing on “key issues that disproportionately impact young people across the country — from reproductive freedom and gun safety to climate action, voting rights, LGBTQ+ equality, and book bans.”

She attended the Cricket Celebration Bowl, the HBCU football championship game, and delivered the 2022 undergraduate commencement speech at Tennessee State University.

NBC NEWS-

Continue Reading

Events

College Board (HBCU) Conference

To learn about the full suite of College Board events, visit our National Events page.

HBCU ORIGINAL

Published

on

College Board is looking forward to gathering in person with educational professionals and advocates in 2024.

https://eventreg.collegeboard.org/event/774909eb-27d2-40a2-a130-aee2eaf48882/summary

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Conference is a three-day professional development event specifically designed for HBCU professionals and advocates. Join us to discuss new solutions, share best practices, and collaborate with colleagues to increase efficiencies in managing your enrollment and improving student outcomes. See what groundbreaking things happen when education professionals work to increase access and opportunity for African American students.

You can attend both the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference (HBCU) and A Dream DeferredTM: The Future of African American Educationfor one price. You do not need to register separately for each conference.

To register for this and all other College Board conferences, you’ll use your College Board Professional Account. If you don’t yet have an account, you may create one during the registration process.

Join our Advocacy and Access Communities

College Board’s Advocacy and Access Communities provide conference attendees, members, and education professionals a forum to share insights, develop solutions, and continue dialogue after each conference.

Explore the book club and video archive, discover helpful resources, and join discussions focused on each Advocacy and Access Conference community.

To learn about the full suite of College Board events, visit our National Events page.

Continue Reading

Trending