Rice University hosts first Black Leadership Across Campuses symposium

BLAC Fall 2022 symposium logo
BLAC Fall 2022 symposium logo graphic

HOUSTON – (Oct. 25, 2022) – Rice University will host the Fall 2022 Black Leadership Across Campuses (BLAC) symposium in Farnsworth Pavilion Oct. 28 and 29.

The symposium will be the first in a series of conferences addressing a wide range of themes that explore the mission and cultural worlds framed by historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). All events are free to attend with registration, and will also be streamed live online via Zoom.

Participating speakers include the Rev. Jason Curry of Fisk University, the Rev. Cecil Duffie of Wiley College, Marla Frederick of Emory University, Johnny Hill of Hood Theological Seminary, Karen Kossie-Chernyshev of Texas Southern University, Melanye Price of Prairie View A&M University, Quincy Rineheart of Morehouse College and Cleve Tinsley of Virginia Union University.

BLAC, a joint project between Rice’s Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) and the Virginia Union University Center for the Study of HBCUs, was founded with the mission of fostering leadership across campuses with the capacity, skills and vision necessary to address the challenges of anti-Black racism and other modes of injustice. The initiative hopes to break down the divide between HBCUs and other institutions of higher learning in order to foster positive social change.

For more information, including a complete list of lecture topics, registration information and Zoom information for each day’s events, please visit CERCL.rice.edu/blac-fall-2022.

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Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 4,240 undergraduates and 3,972 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 1 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.