In this episode of On the Yard, we sit down with Southern University Vice President of External Affairs and University Relations Robyn Merrick, Ph.D. to discuss how HBCU campuses managed the pandemic while educating their communities and protecting students and faculty. We explore how HBCUs managed to make shifts rapidly and what the fall may look like for these historic institutions.

Merrick is charged with providing oversight to the areas of alumni affairs, communications, government relations, special events and the Southern University Museum of Art. She previously provided leadership for the University’s 90,000 alumni serving as Director of Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the Southern University Alumni Federation. Also at Southern, Merrick co-hosted the university’s radio show, “Inside the Southern University System,” and is the former co-managing editor of the Southern University System Magazine. Through her career in higher education, she has held several administrative positions as executive associate to the president, director of public affairs, and policy development coordinator. Merrick holds a bachelor of science in business administration, masters in public administration and a Ph.D. in public policy. She has conducted and published research in the areas of women in government and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

In this episode, Merrick explains why it was important for colleges and universities to be engaged, how they managed through collaboration and how the work will continue throughout the course of the pandemic.

To learn more about how these institutions stepped up to lead their communities, listen here.

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