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New York City, NY --The Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) is pleased to announce the expansion of its partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to include all 47 “public” Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the TMCF network, adding nearly 300,000 students to the Higher Education Alliance (HEA). TMCF member-schools account for nearly 80 percent of all students enrolled in the nation’s HBCUs. This partnership showcases five TMCF member-schools -- University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Maryland), Alcorn State University (Mississippi), Morgan State University (Maryland), Virginia State University (Virginia), and Texas Southern University (Texas). The remaining schools will be part of a larger international effort consisting of student and faculty exchanges between the Thurgood Marshall College Fund network and countries in Africa and Asia. Particular emphasis will be placed on establishing joint international research projects emphasizing science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics (STEAM subjects). 

The Higher Education Alliance works to spread global awareness among college campuses by building bridges between academic institutions and the United Nations. HEA provides member institutions with an in-depth introduction to the UN and international issues that will help create the next generation of global leaders. Colleges and universities participating in HDI’s Higher Education Alliance host senior ranking UN officials, UN diplomats, global policymakers and leading experts in world affairs as guest lecturers. Students from HEA’s universities visit UN Headquarters in New York for intensive orientation sessions, seminars and conferences to learn about the inner workings of the UN and a wide range of global issues on its agenda. Select students also will have the opportunity to serve as interns at international institutions and non-governmental organizations as well as participate in HEA’s Summer Intensive Session at the UN in New York and in Washington, DC. 

Mr. Johnny Taylor, President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, said “This strategic partnership with the Humpty Dumpty Institute will better position the Fund and our 47 member- schools to expand their global reach and their global responsibility to the world community. Together, we are charting a new course to prepare our students and faculty for the economic realities of a global marketplace.” 

Ralph L. Cwerman, President of the Humpty Dumpty Institute, added “HDI is thrilled to expand its relationship with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. TMCF is deeply committed to magnifying globalism on each of its campuses and providing each student with more international educational opportunities. The Humpty Dumpty Institute shares this vision and looks forward to working with TMCF to promote stronger ties between the United Nations and the large network of public HBCUs in 22 States, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.” 


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities—access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit:


The Humpty Dumpty Institute is a unique non-profit organization serving people in the developing world through the implementation of large-scale humanitarian projects and through its work with the United Nations. We foster dialogue between the United Nations and a variety of constituencies in the United States including the U.S. Congress, universities, and the creative community. For more information, please visit our website at For more detailed information on the Higher Education Alliance, please contact Julia Ewing at 212-944-7111 or by e-mail at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " data-mce-href="mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit