On February 15th, 2017, our Co-founder, Jamerus Payton, participated in the HBCU Panel Discussion at the 20th Annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit at the Grand Hyatt New York. In the session, our Co-founder, along with HBCU presidents, chancellors, and other advocates discussed the impact and outcomes of HBCUs today and what the private and public sectors must do to position HBCUs as the epicenters for economic development in urban and rural areas of greatest distress.
“The main thing that we have to do is challenge conventional wisdom, change mind-sets and the narrative of the HBCU community. Rather than just get degrees and good jobs, we have to get degrees and create jobs and opportunities for self and others. That is the way to gain economic independence within our community. Being equipped with the knowledge about financial literacy, investing and entrepreneurship can have positive effects on HBCUs and their local communities. With their bright minds, technology, resources and rich history, HBCUs have to be the epicenters for economic developments,” Payton said to the attendees.