Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC – a historically black university. Support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will be a priority as Alpha Kappa Alpha launches a national campaign, Think HBCU℠ to highlight HBCUs and their contribution to the sorority and society. Through education, engagement and advocacy, HBCUs will be showcased as critical venue for moving students to and through college.

The Think HBCU℠ College Fair will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10am – 2pm at the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center in Hartford. It is an event were high school students can learn and gain awareness of HBCUs. It exposes students to the contemporary value of HBCUs and highlights the richness and competitiveness of their educational experience.

There will be two seminars throughout the day on Financial Aid and Scholarships (presented by UNCF) and Leadership Opportunities (presented by INROADS and The Legacy Foundation of Hartford). There will also be an HBCU Alumni Panel featuring local leaders who will speak about their HBCU experience and answer questions from the audience.

With over 500 students and families in attendance, this event continues to be the largest HBCU recruitment event in Connecticut. It’s more than a college fair…It is an expo of programs, services, tools and resources for students to succeed.

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are a jewel in the cap of American higher education particularly among families of color. The contributions these schools make to the fabric of American life are indisputable. HBCUs, through their spirit and their numerous programs and services, are especially significant to African American families everywhere. These institutions are models of perseverance, hard work, quality instruction, meaningful research and service to their communities, which is a major cornerstone of the American family.