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; Ambassador Elizabeth Rice. Read the press release. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Presidential Distinguished Lecture Series with Special Guest Lecture Ambassador Elizabeth Rice
March 17th at 12PM EST
ELIZABETH RICE — educator, motivational speaker for schools, colleges, universities, churches, etc., founder of BPOS Foundation Inc., former talk show hostess, entrepreneur, coauthor & contributor of “Sitin-Stand Out” a children and parents book on character building. Civil rights activist, arrested in the 1960 sit-ins in Richmond, and has served as coordinator for the “Richmond 34” since 2004, including as the new ambassador of the “Richmond 34” to the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Read Full Bio
Presidential Distinguished Lecture Series with Special Guest Lecture Charles Jenkins
February 22nd-24th at 12PM EST
LARRY MILLER — founder and past President of Jordan Brands with Nike, will lead the conversation, entitled “The Building of the Jordan Brand: Lessons Learned, Future Perspectives” that will cover business and opportunities for expansion into similar fields and industries for students of HBCUs.
JALEN ROSE — Current ABC/ESPN analyst and former 13-year NBA star Jalen Rose is one of the few professional athletes to maintain a high profile post retirement. Long known for his post-game quotes and great relationship with the media, Jalen continues to show his versatility in the broadcast booth, in the entertainment world and as a philanthropist.
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.
If you missed Part I or Part II of the Lecture Series with Roland Martin, watch the replay via Facebook and YouTube!