Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 12th Annual MUPI Conference Will Focus on How to Counter the Attack on HBCUs

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 12th Annual MUPI Conference

Will Focus on How to Counter the Attack on HBCUs


NEW YORK & LAKE BUENVA VISTA, FL –  (March 16, 2011) - The Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s (TMCF’s) 12th Annual Member Universities Professional Institute (MUPI) will focus on how to counter the attack on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Sunday through Wednesday, March 20-23, 2011 at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, FL.


The theme of this year’s conference, “HBCUs Under Attack: What Must We Do?,” will bring together presidents, chancellors, administrators, faculty and staff of the 47-member TMCF school network, community leaders, and industry professionals to hear the latest best practices and business methodologies to advance the cause of public HBCUs.


According to Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., TMCF’s President and CEO, “HBCUs are more than relevant. They are a necessity because they provide the nearly 300,000 students who matriculate on their 47 campuses not just an opportunity for an education, but a foundation to engage their leadership skills to provide the communities, governments, corporations, schools and professions in which they serve a competitive edge to succeed in the workforce of the 21st century.”


The fact that this year’s MUPI conference will include more member school presidents than any other MUPI conference in the past indicates just how relevant our HBCU schools are as this nation navigates through the second decade of the 21st century, Taylor pointed out.


Topics at this year’s MUPI conference include funding and development, retention and graduation, and student relations and engagement. The conference will also hold a Leadership Summit for all member school presidents, chancellors, and law school deans. The Leadership Summit will address the major challenges facing HBCUs and how TMCF can better assist them with finding solutions to these challenges.


Some of the Funding & Development topics will include “Challenges Facing the Decline in Federal and State Funding,” the “New Congress and the Elimination of Appropriations (Earmarks) Impacting HBCUs,” and “Building HBCU Endowments,” to name a few. Sessions under Retention & Graduation will include a best practices model for the retention and graduation of students, how to prepare students to become globally competitive, and “Academic Preparedness.” Sessions under the Student and Engagement umbrella will focus on student customer service, facilities, technology and recruitment.


Jason Riley, a member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, who recently wrote the article “Black Colleges Need a New Mission,” will serve as one of three of the conference’s keynote speakers. Other keynote speakers will include William J. Taggart, Chief Operating Officer, Office of Federal Student Aid and Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., Executive Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities. Guest speakers will feature William H. Gray, III, Co-Chairman, GrayLoeffler, LLC and Georgette “Gigi” Dixon, Director of National Partnerships Social Responsibility Group, Wells Fargo.


About Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice, was established in 1987. TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending our 47-member schools, which include public Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs). TMCF’s work is critical to guaranteeing our country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders. TMCF achieves its vision of Changing the World . . . One Leader at a Time by focusing on three areas: Scholarships, Capacity Building & Programmatic Support, and Public Policy & Advocacy.