CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago HBCU Alumni Alliance to host “Be Heard” open forum on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ’s Fellowship Hall. This forum is open to discuss current events, core concerns and possible solutions. The talk will be moderated by Kenya Simone of 106.3 FM and facilitated by the Chicago HBCU Alumni Alliance and Toni, Inc. A distinguished panel of Community Leaders will be on hand to provide some understanding and structure.

This event will also hold voter registration on-site for those who are not registered.

The Chicago HBCU Alumni Alliance president Scott Craig Smith recently went on Intellectual Radio “Cat Talk” as a special guest, where he spoke on HBCU’s, Chicago Hot Topics and “Be Heard” open forum. Mr. Smith is a 1997 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he also serves as the Chicago area recruiter for the institution.

“It’s funny to me when I meet with kids and we talk about options for HBCU’s in terms of financial, they never knew they could go to a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff for $21,000 –  a year.” stated by Mr. Smith.  “Most HBCU’s are affordable in price but you’ll get an excellent education, you also get that personal touch. Many kids need that classroom ratio of 1:17, 1:18. They need to be around individuals that sometimes relate to them and look like them.”

You can re-live and listen in to Mr. Smith’s interview on Intellectual Radio below.

About the HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc.

The HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc. (HBCUAA) is a non-profit community-based organization that consists of Historically Black Colleges & Universities’ Alumni chapters in the Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC and Chicago, IL Metropolitan areas. We collaborate mainly to strengthen the community through community based programs and we exist to support the mission of HBCUs by supporting underserved students interested in attending HBCUs. The HBCUAA is at the forefront of a growing movement to raise awareness, providing resources and offer promising programs that are aimed at supporting at-risk individuals and the communities where they live. Our work is never done alone. We partner with several organizations working toward a common goal. We believe, there is strength in numbers, and that’s why we leverage relationships and collaborate with like-minded organizations because we know it is one of the most powerful and productive investments we can make.

For more information about the Chicago HBCU Alumni Alliance, please visit their website at http://www.chihbcualliance.org/.

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