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UNCF “Protecting Our FUTURE” Campaign

UNCF’s Federal Policy and Government Affairs Division has been working urgently to save a source of funding ($85 million/year) for HBCUs. The funding expires at the end of the month unless Congress acts.

We are just days away from HBCUs losing $85 million a year to educate our students. The program we are trying to protect and get funded is the Mandatory Title III/SAFRA funding—expiring Sept. 30, 2019. It’s easy to protect $85 million per year for HBCUs, let Congress know HBCUs matter—and to protect our FUTURE!

To help save this vital funding for HBCUs:

  1. Go to www.uncf.org/protectingourfuture
  2. Click “write your Member of Congress”
  3.  Fill out the blank fields and click “next”
  4.  Click “submit.” The pre-written letter will be sent to your U.S. Representative and both of your U.S. Senators.

Want to volunteer for a formal event or a noontime luncheon with community leaders? If you’ve got the time and are interested in getting behind UNCF, we’d be very happy to hear from you. Is a child you know looking for the right college? Can you contribute to keeping student aid available and academic programs strong at UNCF-member colleges or universities? UNCF Houston will make the connection. Contact us today to learn how you can help.


Houston-Supported HBCUs Punch Above their Weight

The UNCF research report HBCUs Punching Above Their Weight makes a strong case for a powerful proposition: Given their small average size and a history of being under-resourced, the enrollment, degree and economic impacts of HBCUs on African Americans in their respective states are significantly greater than one would expect. >> Read More at UNCF.org/PATW.

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UNCF Houston 2019 – 2020 Leadership Council

Bryce Hairston Kennard (Chair)
Communications Manager, Comcast Cable

Julie T. Fitzpatrick (Vice Chair)
Vice President, Rewards Development, Wells Fargo

Benny Agosto, Jr.
Law Offices Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz

Michael Alvarez
Workforce Development Initiative Manager, Shell Oil Company

Reginald DeVaughn
Senior Pastor, Silverlake Church

Michael S. Hoyt
Managing Director; KPMG

Byron Keith Ellis, M.D.
Houston Methodist Cardiology Associates

Valentine A. Emesih, P.E.
Vice President, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric Grid and Market Operations

Bruce J. Ruzinsky
Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

Jeffrey Webber
President, Altair Strickland

Mark Wawro
Partner, Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

Deborah G. Wilkins-Buford
Sr. EO Consultant, Shell Oil Company

Terry Williams
Regional Vice President, H-E-B

UNCF Houston Staff