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The Propel Center, the global HBCU technology and learning hub intended to level the playing field and open greater doors of opportunity for their students, has announced the naming of respected social entrepreneur and education advocate Gene Wade as chief executive officer.    Wade most recently served as Founder and CEO of Honors Pathway in Oakland, California, a social venture that enabled low-income students to attend their first year of college at no cost while receiving over 500 hours of in-person coaching and mentoring. He also serves on several non-profit boards, including

SEATTLE – Zillow’s HBCU Housing Hackathon, which drew more than 150 students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), awarded top prizes to teams that innovated to help at-risk renters and struggling first-time home buyers. The top three finishers in the hackathon, created in collaboration with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) , Black Tech Ventures (BTV) and Amplify 4 Good, won over the judges with projects that offer solutions to barriers in the housing journey. A team of four Morehouse College students won first place and $20,000 for its program that uses machine learning to

NORFOLK, VA - After a comprehensive and competitive national search by Parker Executive Search Firm, the MEAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors announced Sonja Stills as the next MEAC Commissioner effective January 1, 2022. With Stills’ selection, she becomes the first female commissioner in MEAC and HBCU Division I history. “On behalf of MEAC institutions’ presidents and chancellors, I am thrilled to welcome Ms. Stills as our next commissioner,” said Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., chancellor of North Carolina Central University and chair of the MEAC Presidents and Chancellors Council.

By Ryan Shepard, Black Information Network The National Basketball Association has just kicked off its 2021-2022 regular season campaign. However, the league is already looking ahead to February. In an effort to strengthen its relationship with historically Black colleges and universities across the country, the NBA has announced its first-ever "HBCU Classic." Set to take place on February 19 at Cleveland State University during 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend, the inaugural "HBCU Classic" will feature Howard University and Morgan State University. The game will serve as a bridge between the 2022

SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group, Inc. announced the appointment of Adrienne Lofton to the company's board of directors. Lofton, a marketing and retail omnichannel veteran who has extensive experience transforming some of the nation's best-known consumer brands, will also serve on the boards of the company's airline subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Horizon Air Industries, Inc. Lofton is the vice president of global brand marketing at Google, where she oversees the integrated consumer experience for Google's platforms & ecosystems portfolio (inclusive of Android, Chrome, Google Play and Education).

Jackson State University President Thomas K. Hudson visited Detroit on Saturday, July 31 for a funding-raising event for the historically Black university located in Jackson, Mississippi. By Sherri Kolade Jackson State University, a historically Black college/university, has been changing the lives of thousands of students since it opened its doors in 1877. The HBCU, which has undergone seven name changes, was founded as Natchez Seminary in 1877 by the American Baptist Home Mission Society, according to the school’s website. Jackson State University has since expanded and flourished as an HBCU, and

Cyril Josh Barker for the Amsterdam News The wins of Howard University alum/Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Morehouse College alum U.S. Senator-elect Rev. Raphael Warnock and help from political organizer and Spelman College graduate Stacy Abrams was summed up in a viral Jan. 5 tweet: “If a Morehouse man becomes a U.S. senator, while a Howard alumna is the vice president, and both were aided by a Spelman woman, I never, never, never want to hear any more talk about HBCU’s not preparing you for the ‘real world.’” The tweet was