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White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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									                           ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

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The White House Initiative Office is coordinating a national conference celebrating National
Historically B lack Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Week. President Barack Obama is
scheduled to issue a proclamation honoring America's HBCUs, designating August 30 –
September 5, 2009 as National HBCU Week. In addition, the Congress will recognize the
celebration of HBCU Week by issuing a resolution honoring the significant contributions made
by these institutions to our nation’s growth. The theme for this year’s conference is HBCUs: Yes
We Can!



                           What We Do for America’s HBCUs
The mission of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
staff is to execute the federal government’s goal of enhancing the academic mission of our
nation’s HBCUs. The staff of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and
Universities has five primary objectives:

• Strengthen the capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to expedite
their mission of teaching, research and public service.

• Serve as an effective advocate for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

• Identify HBCUs’ contributions to American society and enhance opportunities to attract
funding from federal and private sources.

• Encourage collaborations and partnerships among HBCUs and other organizations to increase
the effectiveness of federal and private funding.

• Encourage corporations, not-for-profits and individuals to form or strengthen partnerships to
improve “overall financial stability and academic program development” at America’s
Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
                            GENERAL INFORMATION

Location
Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street, N.W.,
Washington, DC.

Attire
The dress for the 2009 National HBCU Week Conference is business attire.

105 Voices of History
Please go to www.hbcuchoirs-105voh.com for ticketing information for this event.

Concurrent Sessions
You are free to attend the concurrent sessions of your choice. Seating will be available on a first-
come, first-served basis. Please be prompt to ensure seating.

Breakfast Meetings
Two special sessions will be designed for presidents, chancellors, members of the President’s
Board of Advisors on HBCUs and sponsors (Tuesday, Sept. 1 and Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009).

General Sessions
Seats have been reserved for HBCU presidents, chancellors, President’s Board of Advisors on
HBCUs, HBCU boards of trustees, speakers and sponsors.

General Information Desk
Conference registration staff will be happy to assist you at the main registration area, located in
the Regency foyer (lower level).

HBCU Partner Pavilion
Our Partner Pavilion has been designed to provide our conference partners with a forum for
disseminating information to expand the capacity of HBCUs to excel and compete academically.

2009 Conference Honorees
Awards will be presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to our
institutions and society as a whole. Various organizations will also be recognized for their
support of the nation’s HBCUs.
                              TARGET AUDIENCES
                              HBCU Presidents and Chancellors

                                   HBCU Board of Trustees

                          HBCU Sponsored Research Administrators

                                    HBCU Student Leaders

                             Corporation and Foundation Officials

                               Federal Agency Representatives

                            HBCU Title III/Title IV Representatives

                                 HBCU Alumni Associations

                               HBCU Organizational Affiliates


                            HOTEL INFORMATION:

A block of rooms for the event has been reserved at the Renaissance Hotels & Resort, 999 9th
Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. at the rate of $165.00 per night (August 29, 2009 – September
1, 2009) for single and double occupancy, plus 14.50% state and local taxes and $233.00 per
night (September 1, 2009 – September 4, 2009) for single and double occupancy, plus 14.50%
state and local taxes.

Please make your hotel reservations directly with the Renaissance Hotel & Resorts by calling 1-
800-266-9432 or you may cut and paste the address to gain access to the passkey online
system to expedite the process:
https://resweb.passkey.com/go/DOEDHBCUSEPTEMBER2009

 To receive the preferred government rate, you must identify your affiliation with the HBCU
Conference. *Important: THE CUT OFF DATE FOR MAKING HOTEL RESERVATIONS
IS Friday, July 31, 2009. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on
availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates.

Registration information will be available in June through the White House Initiative
website. Please go to www.ed.gov/whhbcu for additional conference details. It is our hope you
will attend the conference and schedule an activity in celebration of this special occasion. We
deeply appreciate your consideration of this request and your continued support in implementing
this important expression of the executive order.
                2009 PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sunday, August 30, 2009
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.         Registration
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.         HBCU Partner Pavilion Set-up

Pre-Conference Activities:
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Important Interest Group Meetings

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.          105 Voices of History
                               The John F. Kennedy Center for the
                               Performing Arts Center

Monday, August 31, 2009

7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.          Office
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Registration
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.          HBCU Partner Pavilion
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.          HBCU Advisory Board Meeting
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Important Interest Group Meetings
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.          The Great Debaters: Featuring Two HBCUs

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Registration
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.          Office
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.         Opening Plenary Session
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.          Partner Pavilion
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.        Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Concurrent Workshops
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.          Concurrent Workshops
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Second Plenary Session
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.          Meeting: Sponsored Programs Administrators


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Registration
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.          Office
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.          HBCU Partner Pavilion
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.         Third Plenary Session
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.        Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Concurrent Workshop
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.          Concurrent Workshop
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Fourth Plenary Session
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.          Commemorative Dinner
                   2009 National HBCU Week Conference
                  Conference Theme: HBCUs: Yes We Can!

                                    Invited Speakers:
                         (Additional speakers will be published later)

                             The Honorable Barack Obama
                             President of the United States


The Honorable Arne Duncan                          Congressman James E. Clyburn
Secretary, U.S. Department of Education            United States Congressman
                                                   Representing 6th District of South Carolina
The Honorable Eric Holder
Attorney General                                   General William E. Ward
U.S. Department of Justice                         Commander of HQ U.S. Africa Command
                                                   U.S. Army
The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner
Secretary                                          Mr. Earl Graves
U.S. Department of the Treasury                    Founder, Black Enterprise, Publisher and
                                                   Philanthropist
The Honorable Shaun Donovan
Secretary                                          Dr. Joseph Lowery
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban               Minister and Civil Rights Leader
Development
                                                   Dr. Ruth J. Simmons
The Honorable Lisa Jackson                         President, Brown University
Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection                      Chairman John Hope Bryant
Administration                                     Vice Chairman for the U.S. President’s
                                                   Advisory Council for Financial Literacy
The Honorable Susan E. Rice
United States Ambassador to the United
Nations

The Honorable Johnnetta B. Cole
National Museum of African Art

Senator Edward M. Kennedy
United States Senator for Massachusetts
                              TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED:

Introduction of the new Executive Order
Introduction, new members of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Federal Funding Opportunities
Community and Economic Development
Teaching and Teacher Education
Public and Private Sector Partnerships
Enhancing financial accountability
Faith based initiative
Access, Retention and Recruitment
Going Green (Environmental Affairs)
Health care disparity issues
Issues Impacting Alumni Associations
Legislative policy briefing
National economy
Homeland Security and Emergency Management
International Programs
Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM)
Student faculty support programs (internships/faculty exchange)
Title IV Policy Updates
Federal TRIO Programs
HBCU Community Colleges
1102 Procurement Opportunities



                        CAMPUS OUTREACH ACTIVITIES:

This year, we would like to continue with the tradition of encouraging the HBCU community,
federal agencies, organizations, corporations and foundations to schedule activities in celebration
of this important occasion. This activity can take the form of a symposium, a community service
project, or other events designed to highlight the success of these institutions. The theme for this
year’s conference is HBCUs: Yes We Can!


                             White House Initiative on Historically
                               Black Colleges and Universities
                                 U.S. Department of Education
                               1990 K Street, N.W., Suite 6131
                                   Washington, D.C. 20006
                                    Phone: 202-502-7900
                                   Fax: 202-502-7879/7852
                               e-mail: OSWHI-HBCU@ed.gov
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