Claflin University to Participate in the South Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Economic Impact and Competitiveness Conference

Mar 16, 2018

Event Co-hosted by the White House Initiative on HBCUs and the United Negro College Fund

WHAT: South Carolina HBCU presidents in collaboration with the White House Initiative on HBCUs, and UNCF (United Negro College Fund) examine the local, regional and global economic impact of South Carolina’s HBCUs today and in the future. The landmark study commissioned by UNCF HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities — makes it clear: HBCUs are economic engines in their communities and beyond, generating substantial economic returns year after year. In South Carolina in particular, HBCUs generate a total economic impact of $463 Million, 4,985 jobs and lifetime earnings of $5.2 billion.

WHEN: Monday, March 19, 2018, 3:30 p.m. (EST)       

WHO: South Carolina HBCU Presidents:

  • Claflin University, Dr. Henry N. Tisdale
  • Allen University, Dr. Ernest McNealey
  • Benedict College, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis
  • Clinton College, Reverend Dr. Lester A. McCorn
  • Denmark Technical College, Dr. Christopher J. Hall
  • Morris College, Dr. Leroy Staggers
  • South Carolina State University, Mr. James E. Clark
  • Voorhees College, Dr. W. Franklin Evans

UNCF Leadership: Dr. Brian Bridges, Vice President, Research and Member Engagement

White House Initiative on HBCUs:  Mr. Jonathan M. Holifield, Executive Director and Ms. Crystal N. Moore, White House Fellow

Federal, State and Local Policy/Legislative Partners

WHERE: Benedict College, David H. Swinton Campus Center Ballroom, 1616 Oak Street, Columbia, SC 29204

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About Claflin University

Founded in 1869, Claflin University is recognized by national publications such as U.S. News and World Report, and Washington Monthly as one of America’s best liberal arts colleges. The University proudly serves the state of South Carolina, the nation and the world. Its beautiful historic campus is home for approximately 2,000 students from every region of the United States and more than 20 international countries. Claflin students demonstrate extraordinary achievement, distinctive confidence and a lifelong desire to transform society through visionary leadership. Its academic programs prepare students to compete and succeed in a global and technological society.

About UNCF

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37-member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

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