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Placemaking at HBCUs and the State of the Dream
Posted Friday, January 24

Tomorrow night, the Architects Foundation is presenting a conversation on Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the Octagon Museum in Washington, DC.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) make up 3 percent of the country’s colleges and universities, enroll 10 percent of all African American students, and produce almost 20 percent of all African American graduates*, making these institutions increasingly impactful and vital. While meeting admissions goals and improving retention rates are critical goals for any college, for HBCUs history, students’ backgrounds, cultural nuances, and other factors require different approaches to student success. Thoughtful campus planning and design can play an important role in creating environments that allow students to embark upon higher education as the cornerstone of the Dream.
Andrew B. Feiler, Photographer
Bradford C. Grant, Professor of Architecture, Howard University
Warren L. Williams, AIA, Principal, Lord Aeck Sargent
Moderator: Renée Yancey, Managing Director of EDI Development & Workforce Strategy, The American Institute of Architects

This conversation accompanys the current exhibition at the Octagon, “Without Regard to Race, Sex, or Color: The Past, Present, and Future of One Historically Black College.”

January 30, 5:30-8:30p, at The Octagon, Museum of the Architects Foundation, 1799 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006. Tickets: $25 General admission; $15 Student admission.
Additional information and reservations are available here.

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