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Voorhees College president to participate in “An Evening in Conversation with Episcopal HBCU Leaders”

Voorhees College President Ronnie Hopkins and Saint Augustine’s University President Christine Johnson McPhail will participate in a discussion highlighting the importance and history of their institutions, which are Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and Universities. An Evening in Conversation with Episcopal HBCU Leaders will be held via Zoom Webinar, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. Attendance is free but registration is required at https://bit.ly/EpiscopalHBCU.

The presidents will be joined in the discussion by The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, and U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn who represents South Carolina’s 6th District.

According to The Episcopal Church Office of Development, panelists will take a look at the history of HBCUs and The Episcopal Church, which founded a number of these institutions in the later 19th century to provide educational opportunities to formerly enslaved persons. The panel will also discuss recent developments and innovations at Voorhees and Saint Augustine’s, preserving and protecting the legacy and history of black colleges, how HBCU students are impacting the country and the world, and inequities in funding for HBCUs in comparison with Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs).

The hour-long webinar will be moderated by Rebecca Linder Blachly, director of The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations, and will include a question and answer session following the discussion.For more information about the webinar, contact Cecilia Malm at cmalm@episcopalchurch.org.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.


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