National HBCU Week

September has been a busy and exciting month for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Last week, the latest Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders were announced, in which 19 institutions were recognized for “their noteworthy engagement with the Fulbright Program during the 2022–23 academic year.” Congratulations to these exceptional institutions!

In addition, this year’s annual National HBCU Week Conference is currently in full swing in Arlington, Virginia, where leaders in the field have gathered together for a week of sessions that have a common theme of “Raising the Bar: Forging Excellence Through Innovation & Leadership.” 

“HBCUs have been critically important to providing educational opportunity for generations of Black Americans and broader communities of color,” shared Dr. Dietra Trent, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, in the press release from the Department of Education (DOE). “HBCU Week will feature workshops, engagements, keynote addresses, and interactive exhibits that will connect vital federal and private resources to the HBCU community.”

Sessions on education excellence, innovation, and equity have been presented by a number of government departments, including the U.S. Departments of Education, Commerce, State, and more.

In addition, there are two other HBCU events to look forward to this week: the HBCU+ Entrepreneurship Conference hosted by Bowie State University and the 5th Annual National HBCU Week Conference Career and Recruitment Fair.

As we follow along with the conferences this week, we’re thrilled to celebrate and highlight stories and thought leadership from several of the HBCUs that have partnered with Interfolio.

How Elizabeth City State University Decreased Administrative Burden

Adopting a digital platform purpose-built for faculty affairs has many advantages. So many, in fact, that Elizabeth City State University is still discovering new ones. Read this essential case study to learn how Interfolio helped ECSU modernize processes and capture the full scope of their work—enabling this innovative HBCU to drive strategic alignment and demonstrate their institution’s impact. 

Embracing Inclusivity at Florida A&M University

In 2020, Interfolio hosted a panel discussion on achieving faculty diversity, where Dr. Genyne Boston, Associate Provost at Florida A&M University, shared insights around building a diverse and inclusive faculty body, the importance of faculty data, and using modern technology to create a more inclusive and more diversely represented academic workforce. Check out the blog post to learn more about these insights from Dr. Boston and other panelists. 

Digitizing Faculty Processes at Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) was dealing with the challenges of working with paper-based data: having to comb through stacks of files and making calls to verify information and fill in blanks—all while facing deadlines. In this case study, learn how this esteemed HBCU partnered with Interfolio to streamline data, enabling them to more easily complete grant applications, promote the University, and respond to their accreditation body. 

Insights on Navigating Challenges From Students at Morgan State University 

It’s important to create a great environment for students to flourish and succeed as they work toward obtaining their degrees. However, there are a number of challenges that may arise and cause roadblocks in their education journey. In this blog post, returning blogger Dr. Antione D. Tomlin partners with Morgan State University doctoral students Geoffrey Colbert and Joshua Spivey to provide insights into challenges students have faced at HBCUs—as well as how faculty members can navigate students through those challenges and support them in a variety of ways.

Learn More: Discover the ways in which faculty data can contribute to institutional success.  

At Interfolio, we’re proud to partner with a number of HBCUs like Elizabeth City State University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Florida A&M University, Morgan State University, Tuskegee University, Bowie State University, and more to drive institutional success and streamline processes for faculty hiring and recruitment, academic appointments and timelines, activity data reporting, and reviews and promotions. If you’re interested in learning how to drive strategic impact at your institution, schedule a demo to learn how the Interfolio Faculty Information System can help.