Center Mission

The Center for HBCU Research, Leadership, and Policy at Howard University is distinctly positioned to serve as a generator and repository of research that examines issues of significance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Center for HBCU Research, Leadership, and Policy brings together researchers and practitioners: 

  • to support a thriving HBCU ecosystem by producing empirical research studies and offering programs and resources that leverage the collective strength of HBCUs;  
  • to identify best practices in higher education that build upon the achievements and culture-driven missions of HBCUs to ensure their 22nd century success; and
  • who embrace institutional collaboration as a core strategy. 


Melanie Carter, Ph.D.
Associate Provost & Director

Ebonierose Wade-Ndiaye, Ed.D.
Assistant Director for Administration & Programs 

Pyper Harvey, MBA
Communications Specialist

Leslie Hall, MSW
Graduate Assistant

Center Goals

  • The Center for HBCU Research, Leadership, and Policy at Howard University will build a community of HBCU and HBCU-allied researchers whose scholarship informs higher education leadership, policy, and practice. The Center’s goals are grounded in three areas:

The Center's goals are grounded in three areas:

Center Goal I: Research

  • Conduct, sponsor, and disseminate interdisciplinary empirical research on topics of particular significance to HBCUs.

Center Goal II: Leadership

  • Create formal collaborative initiatives among institutions based on shared priorities, strategic goals, and commitment to the success of HBCUs.


  • Offer credit and non-credit leadership development programs to current and aspirant HBCU administrators and faculty.


Center Goal III: Policy

  • Advance policy discourse and action that is aligned with HBCU’s mission, priorities, and goals through engagement with external stakeholders, networks, and organizations.


  • Provide expert consultation to HBCUs and policymakers in critical areas (i.e., accreditation, fundraising, student success, academic planning, enrollment management, etc.)

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HBCU Center Programs Alignment with Howard Forward

The HBCU Center Goals

  • Illuminate (Research) 
  • Inform (Leadership)
  • Impact (Policy) 

Strategic Priority I: Enhance Academic Excellence

  • Research, Practice and Graduate Student Affiliate Roles
  • Executive Leadership Certificate Programs 
  • HBCU Student Success Collaborative 

Strategic Priority II: Inspire New Knowledge

  • Research and Grant Initiatives
  • HBCU Situations and Solutions Series
  • Annual Policy Forum/ Report 
  • Policy Conference 

Strategic Priority III: Serve the Community

  • Center Us: The HBCU Center Book Club 
  • Lucy D. Slowe Institute
  • Online Community Discussion Forum 
  • "Gather Around" Newsletter
  • Partnership 
  • Student Success Collaborative