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Black Leadership Across Campuses (BLAC)

A Joint-Project by CERCL and the Virginia Union University Center for the
Study of HBCUs

While it has always been the case, recent events force recognition of the need for imaginative and creative transformations of higher education.  In so doing, a central aim must be the fostering of leadership across campuses with the capacity, skills, and vision necessary to address the challenges of anti-black racism and other modes of injustice infecting our society.  Long committed to the nurturing of citizens with the critical thinking skills and communication strategies to foster positive social change, we see a need to move beyond this effort on individual campuses and in ways that serve to dismantle the divide between historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly white institutions of higher education (PWIs). 

Black Leadership Across Campuses (BLAC) is meant as an intervention related to this much needed work—serving as a pilot initiative we hope will eventually grow to include a national range of partners.

Mission Statement


Black Leadership Across Campuses (BLAC) seeks to develop and nurture strategies for fostering generations of academic leadership equipped to address issues of justice demanding attention, and to do this in ways that entail collaboration across HBCUs and PWIs.



Black Leadership Across Campuses (BLAC) supports its mission through careful and creative attention to, implementations of, the following goals:

  1. Foster communications across campuses that highlight shared concerns, and that open opportunity for collaboration on key issues;

  2. Produce programming that enhances our understanding of justice-centered academic leadership;

  3. Produce materials that explore key issues and offer innovative insights;

  4. Develop a pipeline of new leaders with the critical thinking skills, effective communication strategies and organizational knowledge needed to advance justice minded institutions.

BLAC will host conferences at Rice University and Virginia Union University on relevant topics.  These symposiums will serve as the basis for research publications.
BLAC Fall 2022 Symposium @ Rice University

October 28 & 29, 2022
Farnsworth Pavilion | RMC/Ley Student Center

The first in a series of conferences addressing a range of themes that explore the mission and cultural world(s) framed by HBCUs.


  Dr. Jason Curry | Fisk University

  Dr. Cecil Duffie | Wiley College

  Dr. Marla Frederick | Emory University

  Dr. Johnny Hill | Hood Theological Seminary

  Dr. Karen Kossie-Chernyshev | TX Southern University

  Dr. Melanye Price | Prairie View University

  Professor Quincy Rineheart | Morehouse College

  Dr. Cleve Tinsley | Virginia Union University

BLAC will feature lectures each semester by prominent leaders in higher education addressing themes related to our goals and objectives.

The inaugural lecture was offered by Hakim J. Lucas, President & CEO of Virginia Union University. Dr. Lucas outlined a strategic vision for how HBCUs can aid America in repairing the social, economic and political breaches widening in the foundation of American culture and society. Specifically, he focused on how academicians can participate and benefit. 

BLAC workshops sessions support graduate students and faculty in navigating various and diversified career trajectories.
Spring 2022
Dr. Ella F. Washington, Ellavate Solutions

Professional development workshops for graduate students and junior faculty designed to support them in navigating various and diversified career trajectories.

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