Reimagining HBCU Leaders as Policy Actors



This study takes a strengths-based approach in constructing a conceptual framework for how presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) can employ and improve their current advocacy skillsets for use in the policy arena. Drawing on the literature on HBCU leadership and the higher education policy, this study reimagines the existing skills of HBCU leadership for the policy arena to encourage HBCU leaders to participate in policymaking and collaborate with other policy actors at both state and federal levels. I outline how current skills held by successful HBCU presidents—especially those of communication and collaboration—can make them successful policy actors who can not only advocate for their institutions, but also for educational inequalities still reflected in American educational policy. Recommendations for future approaches to expanding strengths-based research for HBCUs follow.


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  1. 1.Howard University School of EducationWashington, DCUSA

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