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TV One: UNCF Empower Me Tour (12/8/17)
Dr. Lomax speaks with Roland Martin and the News One Now panelists about UNCF's Empower Me Tour and the information it offers students looking for assistance in planning for college and careers. >> Watch the Interview


SiriusXM News and Issues, Urban View: African American Students—Loans and the Debt Cycle (12/5/17)
Dr. Michael Lomax and Joe Madison discuss black students affected by college loan debt. >> Listen to the Interview

LinkedIn: Black Colleges Matter: Debunking the Myth of the Demise of HBCUs (11/14/17)
Not only are HBCUs relevant in 2017, it turns out that they are necessary for regional economic growth, especially in the South, where most HBCUs are clustered. >> Read More

The 74 Million: One Source of Answers to Our Educational Divide: Diverse and Inclusive Nonprofit Boards (10/17/17)
"Effective boards offer the opportunity to knit our society back together through civil discourse, compromise, and collaboration. The processes and structures of good governance provide guardrails for the conversations." >> Read the Article

NPR—Words You'll Hear: President Trump Set To Meet With Presidents Of Historically Black Colleges And Universities (9/17/17)
Several of the HBCU college leaders have refused to participate, while others want to work with the White House. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Michael Lomax, CEO of the United Negro College Fund, about the upcoming meeting. >> Listen to the Interview

The 74 MillionQ&A With UNCF CEO Michael Lomax: We’ve Got to Garner More Resources for Low-Income Kids for This Journey “To and Through” College (8/9/17)
The 74 spoke with Lomax about how charter schools serve that segment of children, where the NAACP’s stance plays into that, and whether the aspiration for a college degree is a golden ticket to success for every student. >> Read the Interview

American Enterprise Institute Panel: Lomax, Panel, Discuss HBCUs and the Road Ahead (5/26/27)
Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF, participated in a panel discussion on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the challenges and opportunities that await them on the road ahead. The discussion was hosted by The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. >> View the event

SiriusXM News and Issues, Urban View:  HBCUs and the Trump Administration (5/16/17)
UNCF president and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax speaks with Joe Madison about the strained relationship with the Trump Administration and HBCUs. >> Listen to the Interview

WAOK Radio (Atlanta): Rashad [Richey] Talks Education with the President of UNCF (4/7/17)
Former Fulton County Chairman and current CEO of the United Negro College Fund Dr. Michael Lomax went on the record with Rashad Richey to discuss public education options for our children. He later spoke at the Better Outcomes for Our Kids, Inc. public school tour in D.C. under the leadership of David Mitchell. >>  Listen to the Interview

SiriusXM News and Issues, Urban View: Dr. Michael Lomax - UNCF Campaign to Help HBCU Students (2/23/17)  
UNCF president and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax speaks with Joe Madison, "The Black Eagle", and discusses the group's campaign to raise $1 million to benefit HBCU students.>> Listen to the Interview   

WJLA-7, "Good Morning Washington"United Negro College Fund: Launches "Build Better Futures" Campaign (1/25/17)
The current graduation rate for UNCF African American scholarship recipients is 70 percent, 11 percentage points higher than the national average and 31 percentage points higher than the national average for all African Americans. UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax and UNCF scholar Siera Grace Toney joined us to tell us how we can help that number grow even more. >> View Now


New York Times: Black Colleges Swept Up in For-Profit Crackdown Find Relief from DeVos (1/12/18)
When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos began rolling back regulations to curb the predatory practices of for-profit colleges, critics seethed that the Trump administration was throwing yet another lifeline to a rapacious industry — in this case, one that sees vulnerable undergraduates as nothing more than moneymaking targets. Henry N. Tisdale, the president of the small campus of Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. [a UNCF-member institution], disagrees. >> Read More


Diverse: Issues In Higher Education: New UNCF Report Details Economic Impact of HBCUs (11/14/17)
The report, titled “HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” comes at a time when the federal government has decreased its support for HBCUs, according to experts. >> Read More

Fox 5 WTTG (Washington, DC)UNCF HBCU Economic Impact Report (11/14/17)
Brian Bridges, Ph.D., UNCF's vice president of research and member engagement, discusses the main points of the report. >> View Now

Nexstar.tv: HBCU leaders visit Washington, release study showing big economic impact (11/14/17)
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The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionFive things to know about UGA report on economic impact of black colleges (11/14/17)
The United Negro College Fund, with research by the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth, released a report Tuesday on the economic impact of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities. The report was based on the country’s 101 accredited HBCUs. Nine of those institutions are in Georgia. >> Read More

Lowes Newsroom: Creating the next generation of young innovators (11/14/17)
More than one hundred students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) gathered recently in Silicon Valley for UNCF’s HBCU Innovation Summit. UNCF is the nation’s largest minority education organization focused on increasing the total number of African American college graduates by helping them move “to and through” college. Lowe’s Innovation Labs participated in the event created to attract diverse students to the technology field. >> Read More

NPR Marketplace: Historically black colleges and universities add $15 billion a year to the economy, study shows (11/13/17)
Fifteen billion dollars a year. That’s about how much historically black colleges and universities contribute to the U.S. economy each year, according to a new study released today by the United Negro College Fund and conducted by the University of Georgia. As Marketplace’s Reema Khrais reports, it’s part of a bigger strategy to highlight the relevance of HBCUs today. >> Listen Now

AJ+:  Why Are Historically Black Colleges Important? (10/1/17)
Brian Bridges, Ph.D., is UNCF's vice president of research and member engagement and leads UNCF's Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (FDPRI) and the Institute for Capacity Building (ICB). He discusses the history and impact of HBCUs in this Al Jazeera interview. >> View Now

NBC News: Op-Ed: Increasing Opportunities That Allow HBCUs to Thrive, by Rep. Alma S. Adams (9/18/17)
Rep. Adams discusses the contributions of HBCUs and suggests a collaboration with the corporate world to help the schools thrive. >> Read More

Politico: Pressure mounts on White House to delay black colleges' event (8/23/17)
UNCF president Michael L. Lomax said the Trump administration should focus on “developing a meaningful plan of action with concrete commitments to invest in and advance HBCUs.”  >> Read More 

ABC NewsHow Trump's budget would affect low-income students, historically black colleges (5/31/17)
Minority and low-income students, as well as those attending historically black colleges and universities, are “going to be in a weaker position than they've ever been in” if the president’s budget is approved by Congress,” according to UNCF president and CEO Michael Lomax. >> Read More

UNCF Statement: UNCF’s Response on President Trump’s Statement on the HBCU Capital Financing Program (5/8/17)
“We are gratified that the administration has reaffirmed its support for HBCUs; however, the signing statement has suggested that the administration has some doubt about the constitutionality of HBCU programs and that doubt needs to removed." >> Read the Statement

UNCF Statement: HBCU Capital Financing Program Reference in Trump’s Budget Signing Statement (5/6/17)
Following the public release of President Trump’s signing statement, UNCF sought clarification from the White House and received informal assurance from White House officials that the paragraph is not intended to indicate any policy change toward HBCUs and that the Administration intends to implement the HBCU Capital Financing Program. Nonetheless, UNCF urges the White House to issue an official clarification of its policy to the HBCU community, as the HBCU Capital Financing program has provided tremendous value to HBCUs and the students they serve over the past 25 years. >> Read the Statement 

UNCF Statement: UNCF Applauds Federal Student Aid Victories in FY 2017 Budget; Urges Even Greater Investment in Students in FY 2018 Budget (5/4/17)
“The FY17 appropriations bill contains a mixed bag of wins and losses for HBCU students,” said UNCF president and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax. “A more robust investment in federal student aid programs will enhance college access, improve college outcomes—both persistence and degree completion—and lower student debt. And, as we have said before, degree completion is directly tied to creating the college-educated workforce needed to fill high-skilled jobs of today’s global economy.” >> Read the Statement

Brookings.eduA Seat at the Table: Black Leaders Dissatisfied with the K-12 Education System, Ready to Engage in Reform (4/21/17)
Meredith B.L. Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute at UNCF and Adjunct Professor, American University, School of Public Affairs, addresses recent findings from Lift Every Voice and Lead: African American Leaders’ Perceptions of K-12 Education Reform, a report about black leaders’ views on education reform and their current engagement in these ongoing efforts .>> Read More

Inside Higher Ed: New Visibility for HBCUs, but Not Dollars (03/01/17)
President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday re-establishing the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and moving the initiative from the Department of Education to the Executive Office of the President. >> Read More

The Chronicle of Higher EducationExecutive Order Falls Short of Some HBCU Leaders' Hopes (02/28/17)
Following weeks of anticipation, President Trump signed an executive order on historically black colleges and universities in the Oval Office on Tuesday, a day after meeting with dozens of HBCU leaders at the White House. >> Read More


Diverse Issues in Higher Education: HBCUs are America’s National Treasures (10/25/16)
The legacy of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) is one of significant courage and steadfast determination. HBCUs are among America’s national treasures that must be preserved and protected for future generations. >> Read More

Blog: “Unite with anybody to do right”: Charles Koch and Michael Lomax (10/17/16)
"We are painfully aware that disagreement with those who hold differing points of view is now practically a blood sport, but we carry on in Frederick Douglass' legacy." >> Read More

The AdvocateOnline Tools can Help Learning: Op-Ed by Dr. Michael Lomax and Laura Bay (10/11/16)
Back-to-school is a busy time for families, and this year’s historic flooding has made the season uniquely difficult for families across much of Louisiana. Thankfully, the storm has passed, and families can now focus on supporting children’s learning, growth and success. One helpful resource is “The Super 5: Back-to-School Power Moves,” a set of online tools and tips for parents released by National PTA, UNCF and Learning Heroes.

Blog: UNCF Joins the White House Student Debt Challenge (9/26/16)
While students are exuberantly heading back to school this September many of their peers are wondering how they’re going to pay for it all once they graduate. >> Read More

WABE Atlanta: Human Rights Campaign Urges LGBTQ Student Inclusion At HBCUs (9/22/16)
“Some [HBCUs] are farther on that journey than others, but there are LGBTQ students, faculty and staff at every one of these institutions.  Whether they feel like they are fully members of those communities is another issue.” >> Read More 

Blog: Parents Can Lead their Children To and Through College (9/16/16)
Who are the most important people in determining whether children will go to and through college?>> Read More

The74million.orgBlack Charter Leaders to NAACP: Hands Off Our Schools (9/21/16)
A coalition of more than 160 black education leaders on Wednesday [September 21, 2016] called for the NAACP’s national board to reconsider a proposed resolution that calls for a moratorium on charter school growth across the country.

Facebook Live: Tangible Approaches to Building Better Narratives in Black Education (9/15/16)
“Changing the narrative means disrupting the conversations to highlight flourishing programs and schools for Black youth; and to be clear, these educational settings do exist. There are places and systems throughout the country that are getting it right." >> View the video

Facebook Live : Dr. Michael Lomax and Marc Morial Discuss Building Better Narratives (9/15/16)
Education has always been of utmost importance to the black community – from desegregating K-12 schools and college, to managing historically Black colleges and universities HBCUs, the African American community has always championed equality of opportunity and access for students because, in this country, it has long been the key to social mobility and economic independence. >> View the video

Radio One, "Roland Martin Show": Are Black Families Prepared for College? (7/28/16)
Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO of UNCF, recently appeared on Radio One's "Roland Martin Show" to discuss how prepared black families are to send their children to college. >> Listen to the interview

LinkedIn: "We need to invest in college degrees, not college debt" (6/23/16)
As the president and CEO of UNCF and a former college president, I hear compelling stories every day from students and graduates about how the burden of student loans is holding them back. UNCF receives approximately 100,000 applications for scholarships each year from talent-rich but resource-poor students, but we can provide assistance to only one in 10 students. The tragedy is that these stories are now the norm...>> Read More


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The Times & Democrat Online (Orangeburg, SC): $6 million grant a 'game changer' (02/17/17) 
Three area colleges officially received a $6 million grant Thursday to help prepare graduates for the workforce in what one school’s president called “a game changer.” Claflin University, Voorhees College and Benedict College received part of a $35.4 million grant from the United Negro College Fund Career Pathways Initiative. >> Read More

Comcast Newsmakers: HBCU Student Debt (Part 1) (02/15/17)
African American students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities are left in significantly higher debt than peers attending non-HBCUs. Why is this the case and what are some possible solutions to lower the financial burden? Part 1 of a discussion with Dr. Krystal Williams, a Senior Research Associate at the United Negro College Fund. >> View Interview

Comcast NewsmakersHBCU Student Debt (Part 2) (02/15/17)
African American students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities are left in significantly higher debt than peers attending non-HBCUs. Why is this the case and what are some possible solutions to lower the financial burden? Part 2 of a discussion with Dr. Krystal Williams, a Senior Research Associate at the United Negro College Fund. >> View Interview


Washington Post: United Negro College Fund: HBCU students are shouldering heavy debt burdens (12/15/16)
A persistent racial wealth gap, waning investment in higher education and limited institutional resources are driving up the rate of borrowing at historically black colleges and universities, with 4 out of 5 undergraduates relying on student loans to finance their education, according to a new study from the United Negro College Fund. >> Read More

TheUndefeated.com: Obama’s Roller Coaster Relationship with HBCUs (10/10/16)
“HBCUs need champions,” said Michael Lomax, the former president of Dillard University and CEO of the United Negro College Fund. “And I can’t think of two better champions for HBCUs than Michelle and Barack Obama. My expectation is that they will be able to do even more for HBCUs once they are out of office than they did while in office.” >> Read More

Education Post: Here’s What These Black Educational Leaders Had to Say About the NAACP’s Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools (9/26/16)
Since the NAACP’s proposed moratorium on public charter schools in July, a number of Black leaders and organizations have come out against its stance. The latest backlash was a signed letter released last week from over 160 Black educational leaders calling on the NAACP to reconsider the proposed moratorium, which will be voted on next month. >> Read More