Coppin State University President to Speak at 2nd Annual HBCU Day of Action
Published Thursday, April 12th, 2018
HBCU Day of Action
Baltimore, MD –Coppin State University (CSU) president, Dr. Maria Thompson, has been invited to speak at the 2nd Annual Day of Action on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on April 17, 2018.
President Thompson will join Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.) and Shaw University president, Dr. Paulette Dillard, for a press conference coordinated by the HBCU Collective, an advocacy group for the nation's largely, minority-serving educational institutions.
The HBCU Collective is comprised of HBCU alumni and supporters who solicit support from local, state, and federal leaders to create policies that strengthen the 104 public, private, community, four-year institutions, and law and medical schools. These institutions have made significant contributions that benefit all members of society.
Each year, the HBCU Collective identifies the month of April to host a “Day of Action” and mobilize citizens throughout the country to contact legislators to advocate support of the nation’s HBCUs.
The Day of Action kicks-off with an advocacy boot camp. A press conference on Capitol Hill follows to address the specific needs and areas of concerns of the HBCU community. The primary goals are to ensure that legislators provide fiscal support, increase federal research grants, fund facility upgrades and make legislators aware of the contributions made by HBCU graduates.
President Thompson will discuss the importance of HCBUs and how they further benefit society when provided with equitable funding and support from the federal government.