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HBCU Advocacy

The importance of historically Black colleges and universities HBCUs for educating our young people is critical. According to the United Negro College Fund, HBCUs make up only three percent of the country’s colleges and universities but they enroll 10% of all African American students and produce almost 20% of all African American graduates. Additionally, HBCUs produce 25 percent of African American graduates in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the critical industries of the future.

Although all HBCUs are important and he works with nearly any organization committed to HBCU success, Dr. Roberson is most heavily involved with the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (FAMU NAA). The mission of the FAMU NAA is to actively promote the interest of Florida A&M University as an institution of higher learning, research and public service, to focus on the educational needs of all Americans to support cultural diversity and equal access to a quality education at Florida A&M University. After graduating from Florida A&M with his doctorate and moving to the DC area, he has been the Washington DC Chapter Corresponding Secretary, Washington DC Chapter Vice President and now currently serves as the Media and Technology Committee Chairman for the entire organization.

Throughout his time in the organization, he has worked all levels to improve communications and connections between the NAA, its members, and potential supporters. While serving as committee chair, the Media and Technology committee upgraded the national website to accept dues at all levels of the organization, sharpened the organizational focus of the organization's social media platform, created financial and membership reporting that allows leadership at local levels to make more informed decisions, generated educational materials to help members become more familiar with capabilities, and many other improvements to push the FAMU NAA membership and giving numbers to historic levels. Click the FAMU NAA to learn more about the organization.