UNCF Career Pathways Initiative

The UNCF Career Pathways Initiative (CPI), funded by Lilly Endowment, is a $50 million investment over a seven-year period,that helps four-year HBCUs and PBIs strengthen institutional career placement outcomes with the goal of increasing the number of graduates who immediately transition to meaningful jobs in their chosen fields.

Through this initiative, UNCF manages a competitive grant-making process to award planning and implementation grants to institutions to help students achieve a greater return on their investment in the form of meaningful employment immediately after graduation.

The CPI is designed to strengthen career placement outcomes by encouraging participating institutions to enhance what their students gain from the liberal arts—critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective oral and written communication skills, diverse and global perspectives, among other things—with specific preparation, training and experiences they need to be employable and successful early in their chosen careers.


Register today for the 2018 Career Pathways Initiative 3rd Annual Convening and Data Institute
July 23-25, 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

This year’s theme, Purposeful Disruption, will engage faculty, staff and executive leadership from more than 40 institutions on purposeful approaches to leveraging disruptions in higher education.



CPI Fact Sheet

If we are to meet the impending shortfall and strengthen the next generation of workers as a whole, we will need to move a minimum of nearly 4 million African American and Hispanic students on to postsecondary success.

Anthony P. Carnevale, Director and Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce