The National Black Information Technology Leadership Organization is calling together students, faculty, alums, and tech leaders from HBCUs to participate in its first HBCU Technology Summit. Taking place at Morehouse College on October 27th and 28th, the theme is “Inspiring, Innovation, Encouraging Collaboration, and Igniting Entrepreneurship”.
Andrew West, the NBITLO Founder and HBCU Tech Summit Visionary, states that the HBCU Technology Summit is a “relevant platform that provides HBCU College Presidents, Higher Ed Veterans, along with Technology Professionals, Entrepreneurs, HBCU Alumni and Students an avenue to begin action-driven discussions involving mapping out the next hundred years of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” West also proclaimed, “we must actively lead the conversation and ignite action tied to the continuity and sustainability of HBCUs. We will begin with an emphasis on aligning Technology Systems to improve operational efficiencies to optimize the student experience, rethink enrollment management, and also better align programs with industry demand, particularly in the STEM and High-Tech spaces.”
There is an opportunity to get involved; the organizers for the summit have issued a “Call for Speakers” to those who work and have worked in the HBCU space in Administration, Enrollment Management, Institutional Advancement, Academic Computing, Technology Systems and those extolling proven practices that will push the leading edge in defining what the new HBCU model for sustainability will look like. They are looking for contributors to the conversation who have respect for the foundations and traditions of HBCUs while also recognizing the amazing potential that can be achieved as we work to reposition our cherished schools for the future while motivating the pursuit of excellence.
Presentation proposals may be submitted under one of the ten thematic tracks that characterize this year’s summit. Each track explores a different aspect of HBCU sustainability with an overarching goal of innovative entrepreneurial professions:
- Innovations and Entrepreneurship-Focused Campus
- E-Learning and Innovative Recruitment Methods
- Saving the Nation’s HBCUs
- HBCU STEM and High Tech Professions
- Advancing Enrollment Management through Technology & Digital Methods
- HBCU Sustainability Modeling
- Improving Accountability through Systems Thinking
- Technology Systems and Accreditation
- Signature Presidents Round Table
- HBCU Alumni Perspectives Showcase
To submit a presentation proposal or to suggest a speaker, please review the requirements on www.nbitlo.org/atlanta. Submissions will be accepted online through October 15, 2017.
In addition to a call for speakers, organizers have also opened registration for the HBCU Technology Summit.
To find out more information, visit www.NBITLO.org.