VUU Global Mission
To develop a global learning platform that enhances student achievement and prepares students to be successful in education,
the workforce, and to become the Best in Class in a global society of professionals.
VUU Global is a new distance learning venture, bringing the “HBCU Experience” to the cloud. Our new initiative provides high-quality opportunities and continuing education experiences to learners across the globe and is part of a broader strategy to remove barriers to educational opportunity in hopes of uniting communities, creating change.
Our first program, 'Presidential Distinguished Lecture Series,’ provides learners with access to world-class lectures on a diverse range of topics and disciplines vital to our world today taught by distinguished thought leaders across multiple industries. Housed within the Center for the Study of HBCUs at Virginia Union University, the virtual sessions will give learners the opportunity to participate in an educational experience with the perks and flexibility of enrollment without the full-time commitment.
This year’s distinguished lecturers include notable personalities journalist Roland Martin; Larry Miller, Former President of Jordan Brand, Nike, Inc.; author Michael Eric Dyson, Professor, Vanderbilt University; prominent attorney Will Stute; gospel artist and musician Charles Jenkins; athlete and sports analyst Jalen Rose. Read the press release.
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON — Distinguished University Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, College of Arts & Science, and Distinguished University Professor of Ethics and Society, The Divinity School, and Centennial Professor at Vanderbilt University — is one of America's premier public intellectuals and author of over 20 books, including seven New York Times bestsellers. A contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and political analyst for MSNBC, Dyson is recipient of two NAACP Image Awards and the 2020 Langston Hughes Festival Medallion. Former President Barack Obama has noted " Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison."
“I’m excited about the dynamic line-up for this year’s Presidential Distinguished Lecture Series through the Center for the Study of HBCUs in partnership with VUU Global. Michael Eric Dyson is a globally renowned scholar, a prolific writer, a brilliant mind, and a gifted orator. His work and impact lie at the core of VUU’s mission and the goals of the series,” said Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, VUU Provost & Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. Read the press release.
Roland Martin kicked off the series with two sessions held on Wednesday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 28 at 12 PM ET entitled “The Past, Present and Future of Black-Owned Media.” Martin also talked about racial injustice in the United States, the importance of HBCUs and the "3rd Reconstruction." Click the links below to view the first and seconnd installment of the lecture series.