Mark your calendars. In today’s iteration of The Lede: Highlights we bring you three events that we expect to read about in the news during the month of May. 


What, exactly, IS frozen success? 

In this episode, On the Yard explores the phenomenon of 'frozen success' detailing what it is, how it happens and what HBCU institutions can do to overcome it. In a conversation with St. Augustine's University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Josiah J. Sampson and Stillman College of Business Dean William Isaac McCoy, the pair explain how intentional storytelling and purposeful partnerships are key to bolstering and extending the relevance of these historic campuses.

In this week’s roundup:  

President Joe Biden announced his American Families Plan which has several possible implications for higher ed, decisions around in-person commencement are rolling out and AI continues to seep into classrooms and campuses. 


This episode explores the connection between the larger community and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Through a conversation with Isaac Y. Addae, assistant professor of business administration at Tennessee State University (TSU), On the Yard showcases the extent to which these historic institutions must be supported by business, government and community leaders.

In this week’s roundup:  

News of the Chauvin trial verdict quickly made its way across campuses, with related messages to the community from many leaders; questions about the equity in incentivizing COVID-19 vaccination began to arise and Princeton received a major gift for DEI efforts.  


This episode explores what historically Black and minority-serving institutions can expect from the Biden-Harris presidential administration. Through a conversation with Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, Director of Virginia Union University's Center for the Study of HBCUs, On the Yard highlights the policy agenda established by President Joseph R. Biden.

In this week’s roundup:  

The pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccines threw a wrench into many people’s Tuesday mornings, more institutions are being added to the list of those requiring a COVID-19 vaccine and a new study shows that faculty have noticed a major decline in student mental health in the past year.  

In this month's issue of The Roundup: HBCU Edition, we take a look at the news stories and key moments surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as all of the ways in which HBCUs have helped shape public discourse over the past few weeks.

We are excited to launch our newest effort, the On the Yard podcast.

On the Yard explores the culture and leadership trends happening across Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) nationwide. The podcast dives into the unique issues faced by these historic and minority-serving institutions through a series of conversations with leaders and advocates. The show is hosted by RW Jones Vice President and Managing Director Ashley Northington.

To be published every Friday for the next several weeks, On the Yard will bring listeners a dose of HBCU leadership and culture, one episode at a time.


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