Washington, D.C. – Today, Virginia Union University (VUU) announced they would be joining Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), the Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus, and numerous Members of Congress and leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Institutions for the third annual HBCU STEAM Day of Action on Capitol Hill, to be held on March 3 & 5.
“HBCUs contribute nearly $15 billion to our annual economy and have provided pathways of opportunity to millions of Americans, many of whom are first generation college students. Despite being historically underfunded and under-resourced, these institutions continue to produce top talent. HBCUs produce 42% of Black engineers, 47% of Black women engineers, and 40% of the Congressional Black Caucus. VUU believes HBCUs are critical to creating not only a diverse workforce, but also the strongest possible workforce,” said VUU President and CEO, Dr. Hakim Lucas.
“I am excited that VUU is joining the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus for HBCU STEAM Day. VUU recognizes that diversity creates a stronger workforce, and that HBCUs play a critical role in creating the business leaders of the future. That’s why HBCU STEAM Day is so important,” said Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), founder and Co-Chair of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. It’s a day when HBCUs come to Capitol Hill to advocate for more equitable federal resources – and they don’t come alone. They are joined by industry leaders who have made a commitment to creating strategic and sustainable partnerships with HBCUs. There is no workplace diversity, especially within STEAM fields, without HBCUs. I am proud to host the third annual HBCU STEAM Day of Action to make clear to all in Congress that HBCUs matter.”
During STEAM Day, HBCU and business leaders will meet with Republican and Democratic Members of Congress in the House and Senate. Over 50 HBCUs, organizations, technology companies, and industry leaders are sending representatives to participate in these days of advocacy.
For more information on Congresswoman Adams, or to RSVP for HBCU STEAM Day, please contact Sam Spencer (Sam.Spencer@mail.house.gov).