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August 26, 2019
OneMacomb and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority team up to host the 4th annual HBCU Expo
OneMacomb and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Omega Xi Omega Chapter have partnered to bring the fourth annual Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Expo to Macomb County. The event will take place on Saturday, September 14 at the Macomb County Family Resource Center, located at 196 North Rose Street in Mount Clemens, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The HBCU Expo is free and open to the public.
“One of the key components to a thriving community is education,” said Rhonda Powell, director of the Macomb County Department of Health and Community Services and chair of OneMacomb. “It is a great honor for OneMacomb to partner with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and offer this wonderful opportunity and service to Macomb County students and their families.”
Expo attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from each college and university directly, as well as attend breakout sessions on topics such as financial literacy, the college application process and a panel discussion. The 2018 expo featured more than 20 HBCUs and saw over 100 attendees.
“The HBCU Expo serves as a vehicle for students to hear from alumni who foster the motto ‘a mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in,’ the importance of HBCU institutions, as well as their overall student experience,” said Stephanie Edwards, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Omega Xi Omega Chapter and chair of the event.
The Higher Education Act of 1965 defines HBCUs as “any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was and is the education of Black Americans, who were previously denied entry into higher education institutions.” Today these colleges and universities uphold a history of scholarship and academic excellence pursued by students of many different ethnicities and races.
For more information about the HBCU Expo, please contact OneMacomb at (586) 469-7190 or visit the Alpha Kappa Alpha – Omega Xi Omega Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AKA08PPP/.
Founded in 2012, OneMacomb works to:
- Promote multiculturalism and inclusion through arts and community affairs.
- Strengthen Macomb County’s economy by building connections throughout the county, region and world.
- Identify and implement multicultural best practices on delivering services to the residents of Macomb County.
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc – Omega Xi Omega Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Omega Xi Omega Chapter of New Haven, Michigan was charted on December 11, 2016. The sorority’s mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life and to be of service to all mankind. Alpha Kappa Alpha is dedicated to implementing programs of service that enhance social, economic and educational well-being of the local, national and international communities.
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