The University of California's reputation as a premier research and teaching institution rests on its capacity to serve the State of California, and nation, at the highest levels. This requires attracting and graduating scholars who reflect the communities of the world. At the graduate level African Americans/Blacks are extremely under-represented in UC graduate and professional programs. The five year average (2007-2011) for enrollment of African Americans in UC academic doctoral programs is 2.5%.
The UC-HBCU Initiative seeks to improve the representation of this population in UC graduate programs, particularly Ph.D. programs, by investing in relationships and efforts between UC faculty and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
HBCUs have long played a role in providing educational opportunities for those previously excluded from education. The first HBCU was established in 1837, with most other institutions established after the American Civil War. Currently there are 105 HBCUs serving more than 300,000 students. For a complete list of HBCUs, please visit the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The University of California recognizes the unique and important contributions that Historically Black Colleges and Universities make to the academy, our nation and the world. Through the UC-HBCU Initiative, the Office of the President encourages UC faculty to actively engage in collaboration and cooperation with faculty and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Such efforts will serve to strengthen and enrich our mission of teaching, research and public service.
In 2011-12, 11 of the 33 submitted proposals were selected for funding. In 2012 thirty-six HBCU students participated in summer research internships at UC campuses. For the summer of 2013 more than fifty-five UC-HBCU Initiative Fellows are expected to conduct research across nine UC campuses.