(RICHMOND, VA) – The historically black Virginia Union University (VUU) has announced the launch of the Center for the Study of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), making it the only research of its kind in the country dedicated to focusing on HBCUs. VUU President & CEO Dr. Hakim J. Lucas serves as the Center’s Executive Director and VUU Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, seves as its Diretor.

The Center for the Study of HBCUs is a national research center, whose vision is to become the country’s preeminent institute for advancement of relevant scholars and scholarship. The Center has a discovery agenda that ranges from foundational inquiry to tranlational science and disruptive, transformational innovation that ensure the sustainability of Black colleges. Center staff and affiliates conduct rigorous, evidence-based research that aims to advance the research agenda, expand institutional capacities, transform institutions, eradicate institutional inequities, and ensure the future of HBCUs in the nation and beyond.

The Center achieves its mission through four (4) primary objectives:

  • CONDUCT research and scholarship;
  • CONVENE the HBCU scholarly community and constituents;
  • MOBILIZE resources in support of advancing HBCU research;
  • DISSEMINATE research and scholarship broadly.

Learn more about the Center for the Study of HBCUs by clicking here.


About Virginia Union University
Virginia Union University was founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. The University is the result of the merger of four institutions: Richmond Theological Seminary, Wayland Seminary, Hartshorn Memorial, and Storer College. For more information, visit www.vuu.edu.

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