South Washington County Schools

Historically Black Colleges and Universities visit Woodbury High School

HBCU alumni representatives

On Thursday, Nov. 15, over 350 people from around the state came to Woodbury High School to hear from alumni representatives from more than 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Woodbury High School hosted the second annual HBCU Information Fair for students to learn more about these colleges and universities.

HBCUs are higher education institutions that were established with the intention of primarily serving black students. Today, students of all races and ethnicities attend HBCUs.

The information fair began with a presentation about HBCUs. District Educational Achievement and Integration Coordinator, Trina Patterson, introduced several HBCU alumni to share information about the schools they attended, the degrees they earned and current careers. The presentation ended with a Q & A session. Students asked alumni why they chose their HBCU, what types of scholarships and grants are available, what the culture was like at the school, and how their educational experience impacted their confidence.

After the presentation, students visited with representatives to receive information about the schools’ academics and programs, including clubs, activities, athletics, housing options and more.

“When kids are talking to their school counselors about college, HBCU’s are rarely mentioned as post-secondary options. It is our responsibility as educators to provide students with as much exposure and information as possible, so they are able to make educated decisions about college,” said Patterson. “Putting on this fair is just one way of ensuring that students are aware of the many options available to them as they prepare for their future.”  

Colleges and universities in attendance included:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Alcorn State University
  • Benedict College
  • Bethune Cookman University
  • Central State University
  • Cheyney University
  • Fisk University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Grambling State University
  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • Jackson State University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Morehouse College
  • Norfolk State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • South Carolina State University
  • Spelman College
  • Virginia State University
  • Wiley College
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

The HBCU Information Fair organized by District 833’s Office of Educational Achievement and Integration, and was open to all Minnesota high school students.