This is just one of the ways the Council and its members were able to G.I.V.E. (Gift, Impact, Value, and Elements) in 2021.
GIFT. The Gift that keeps giving is the Council’s aid to the 20 states that the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) was established in (along with the District of Columbia). The Council has promoted HUBZone and HBCU collaborations nationally supporting panels, workshops, and partnerships. 2021 was one of our busiest years, we either strengthen or forged new alliances with the White House Initiative on HBCU, National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Treasury, and Black Engineer of the Year Awards.

IMPACT. Most notably, the Council created an interdisciplinarily HUBZone/HBCU workforce development program for current and emerging needs.
  • Current Needs: A coordinator supports the HUBZone members in the recruitment and placement of talented HBCU students living in HUBZone designated areas.
  • Emerging Needs: The Council partners with the National Quantum Literacy Network to develop a Quantum Literate workforce. This Network is led by one of the oldest HBCUs in the nation (Morgan State University) addressing hyper-disparities in Quantum Literacy Education and Training of Historically Underrepresented Groups to ensure a skilled workforce. As part of the NSF’s Expo 2021, the Council’s members contributed to the development and support []. HBCUs from as far as the US Virgin Islands attended this 2-day Quantum Extravaganza.

VALUE. HUBZones continue to benefit from the relationships they foster (partnering, staffing, training, etc.). HBCU Professors have proven to be some of the most talented Subject Matter Experts in the world. These individuals have provided HUBZone companies with the specialized expertise needed to win contracts in both the public and private sectors. Additionally, their unique talents provide opportunities for White Papers and Sole Sourcing. With nearly 85% of HBCUs residing in HUBZone areas, members can increase their workforce in almost every NAICS Code.
ELEMENT. HUBZones partnering with HBCUs spur the economic development and job creation for America’s most in-need communities. The Council’s efforts facilitate stakeholders from every community along with supporting Presidential Executive Orders:
  • 14041: White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity Through Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce
  • 13985: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
  • 13828: Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility
  • 13779: Establish how the agency intends to increase the capacity of HBCUs to compete effectively for grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.
  • 13583: Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce
  • 12928: Promoting Procurement – Disadvantaged Small Businesses, HBCUs & MSI
  • 13562: Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates
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