Illuminating the collective success of HBCUs through institutional collaboration, research-informed advocacy, capacity-building programs, and leadership development.

HBCU Center for Research, Leadership, and Policy

2441 4th Street NW 
Washington, D.C. 20059

Email: hbcucenter@howard.edu


“Cultivating Presidential Leadership and Research Infrastructure at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

We are excited to share that HBCU Center Director Dr. Melanie Carter, Assistant Director Dr. Ebonierose Wade, and Assistant Professor Dr. Jorge Burmicky will lead a roundtable session at the upcoming Association for the Study of Higher Education’s 2022 General Conference.

They will lead a discussion entitled “Cultivating Presidential Leadership and Research Infrastructure at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” 

The virtual session will be on November 10, 2022,  from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm EST

ASHE Conference

Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities (UERU)

The Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities (UERU) invites the Howard University community to attend its national conference November 14-16, 2022. The Conference will feature keynote addresses and presentations from an array of higher education administrators, researchers, and policymakers. The conference will focus on achieving equity/excellence in undergraduate education at the nation's research universities.

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Thank you for attending the HBCU Center Fall 2022 Meet and Greet Reception! We’re excited about the opportunity to engage this work with you and happy that you joined us, to learn more about the HBCU Center.

Mission and Vision

The Mission & Vision for The Center for HBCU Research, Leadership, and Policy at Howard University aims to build a community of HBCUs and HBCU-ally researchers and practitioners. 

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The Center's goals are grounded in three areas:

Featured Articles

ROI Reciprocity for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

"HBCUs occupy a sacred and contested space in the United States. Sacred because of the sacrifice and endurance of those who founded and sustained them and contested because since their mid-nineteenth century founding (the earliest founded in 1837), HBCUs have been continuously asked to justify their existence in a nation that undervalues them yet is a beneficiary of their work. The constant requirement to prove their value, argue their relevance, and, most recently, demonstrate their ROI (return on investment) has relegated HBCUs to a defensive posture that is at best unnecessary, and at worst supports a fictive narrative that is institutionally and culturally destructive."

How U.S. Law Schools Are Preparing Students For Racial Justice Work

Another change occurring at U.S. law schools is the development of law school centers, clinics and institutes that focus primarily on racial justice issues. Howard University School of Law, a historically Black law school in D.C., offers a "movement lawyering clinic" that provides hands-on training in how to support human rights campaigns for disenfranchised people in the U.S. "We seek to support campaigns that are promoting racial justice causes, and those campaigns may involve structural changes or they may involve some campaigns to create a change in practices around bail reform or criminal justice reform or reparations or the school-to-prison pipeline," says Justin Hansford, executive director and founder of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard and a professor in the law school. In law school clinics generally, some students get supervised practice representing individual clients who have cases that relate to racial justice. However, that's different from what happens in Howard's new clinic, Hansford says. "In those campaigns, we work directly with people who are also on the ground seeking to create racial justice in society, and I think that's irreplaceable," he says.

Excellence in Undergraduate Education Must Include Equity, Says Influential Group

Excellence in Undergraduate Education Must Include Equity, Says Influential Group  “Defining excellence in terms of equity rather than, for example, selectivity and sorting, unsettles at least 70-odd years of practice,” the authors state in "The Equity-Excellence Imperative: A 2030 Blueprint for Undergraduate Education at U.S. Research Universities." “Excellence founded in equity requires us to think differently about why we do what we do, not only what we do and how we do it.”

Graduate Student, Research and Practitioner Fellow Opportunities

Graduate Student, Research and Practitioner Fellow Opportunities


  • Graduate Student Fellows are graduate students and emerging scholars whose research projects and interests are aligned with the HBCU Center’s mission and goals to illuminate, inform, and impact. Graduate Student Fellows must be enrolled in an accredited college or university graduate or professional degree program for the duration of their appointment.


  • Research Fellows are scholars whose research focuses on issues germane to HBCUs and have a demonstrated commitment to documenting and illuminating the impact of HBCUs through empirical research.


  • Practitioner Fellows are current HBCU professionals whose practice can inform the HBCU Center’s programmatic focus, encourage institutional collaboration, and foster synergy among HBCU professional staff.


The Graduate Student, Research and Practitioner Fellows applications will open on Monday, October 24, 2022, and will run until Friday, January 6, 2023.  

Pre-Application & Interest Form