HISD to host college summit for historically black colleges, universities

Hundreds of HISD middle and high school students will have the opportunity to meet admissions representatives from regional historically black colleges and universities from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 at the HISD College Summit for HBCUs at Texas Southern University.

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) located in Texas and Louisiana will be represented, and general information will be provided on the more than 100 HBCUs across the country. Students in grades 6-12 along with their parents are invited to attend. The free event will include a college fair and breakout sessions focused on financial aid and college admissions.

“Attending an HBCU changed my life,” said HISD EMERGE academic program manager Steven Chambers, who will be a featured speaker at the event. He is a graduate of Hampton University. “The HBCU college summit will expose students to the diversity of school offerings as well as highlight the impact HBCUs have on the character and confidence of students enrolled.”

Representatives will be in attendance from the following colleges and universities: Huston-Tillotson University, Jarvis Christian College, Prairie View A&M University, Southwestern Christian College, Texas College, Texas Southern University, and Wiley College.

The event is organized by the HISD College Readiness Department. Transportation will be provided from some campuses. This year, the district strengthened its college readiness efforts by deploying 28 new college success advisors and 10 college success managers to campuses across the district.