The University of the District of Columbia, a historically Black educational institution in Washington, has entered into an agreement with Michigan Technological University. The agreement calls for:
• Student exchanges and graduate study articulations,
• Faculty collaborations and visiting professorships
• Joint funding proposals and philanthropy.
According to the agreement, Michigan Technological University will provide mentorship in helping the University of the District of Columbia attain R2 status within the Carnegie Classification system for research universities. In return, UDC will provide cultural responsiveness mentorship to MTU.
The agreement encourages individual colleges and departments within each university to collaborate on mutually supportive endeavors. Colleges, departments, and faculty will be able to create sub-agreements underneath the umbrella of the overall partnership.
Ronald Mason Jr., president of the University of the District of Columbia, the agreement is an incredible opportunity for both universities to expand their global reach.“We look forward to seeing how our partnership impacts not only our respective schools but the world,” he said. “This collaboration is a collective commitment to go beyond common boundaries.”
Michigan Technological University in Houghton enrolls nearly 6,000 undergraduate students and more than 1,200 graduate students, according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Education. Blacks make up just one percent of the undergraduate student body.