The Bipartisan Congressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus has been officially launched in Washington. The Caucus is being led by Alma S. Adams, a Democrat from North Carolina and Bradley Byrne, a Republican from Alabama.
The purpose of the bipartisan caucus is to promote and protect the interests of HBCUs. Together, members of the caucus will work to create a national dialogue, educating other members of Congress and their staffs about the issues impacting HBCUs. The caucus will also work to draft meaningful bipartisan legislation to address the needs of HBCUs, and to support students and graduates of HBCUs by increasing access and career opportunities.
Representative Adams, who served for 40 years as a professor of art at Bennett College, a HBCU in Greensboro, North Carolina, stated that “this bipartisan HBCU Caucus is bringing together champions for HBCUs, so that we can make an even bigger impact to ensure their needs are heard in every aspect of policy making and across party lines. I look forward to learning more from our students and faculty at HBCUs and will keep their insight with me as we work to reauthorize the Higher Education Act and fight for much needed Pell grant funding.”
There are 40 charter members of the caucus, including eight Republicans.