The State of the HBCU :
Why We Must Challenge Our Future

Press Contact:

Tracy Boleware, PR Lead, BEST Program, 310-482-1717,


90-minute virtual Town hall hosted by the BEST Program: “The State of the HBCU: Why We Must Challenge Our Future” 


Tuesday, May 18, 2021 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm ET


With Whom:

Moderator: Laz Alonso, Actor/Brand Ambassador/Inspirational Speaker at Abundancia, Inc., Howard University 
Sponsor: DIAGEO 


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been the backbone of Black society for more than a century, developing the best and brightest leaders the country has ever seen. Now is the time to take a look at what we need in order to ensure our schools are prepared for the future. This 90-minute virtual town-hall event will delve into the current state of HBCU’s, the challenges and opportunities they are currently facing and why they still matter in today’s America.

About The Black Executive & Student Training Program:

The mission of the B.E.S.T. program is to share learning and experience across generations, cultivate new leaders, and inspire achievements “beyond the possible” through committed involvement and operational excellence by placing Black volunteers on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

While the primary focus of the B.E.S.T. program is to support the development and employed success of students, an ancillary benefit of the work includes the networking connections developed between professionals. Executives get to meet and know each other via student-based programming and are able to share best practices and access to information to drive successes and partnerships in their sponsoring companies. The relationships are further reinforced at annual conference events and activities.