About The HBCU Career Center
Since the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) were founded in the US in the early 1800’s, these schools have evolved into a diverse group of nationally recognized higher education institutions.
From the very earliest days, these colleges and universities worked within their mission to educate, develop and support students who graduated and contributed to regional, national and even a global workforce. Despite challenges, HBCU’s as a group, continue to produce competitive college graduates capable of translating their education and experience into lifelong employability.
Did you know that while representing only 3% of America’s post-secondary institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) graduate 25% of African Americans with undergraduate degrees? The HBCU Career Center supports the career and professional goals of the broad community of supporters who enable these institutions.
Despite what many people think, the diversity at America’s HBCUs, is not limited to the demographics of the students. Diversity at HBCU’s is also evident in the types of academic programs offered and the thousands of faculty, staff and administrators, who serve and support the mission of these campuses.
Mission of The HBCU Career Center
We are laser focused on the following very specific goals:
- Graduates be career-ready with a job or a plan by commencement.
- Employers value HBCUs as a talent source for inclusive workplaces.
- Americans know the HBCU story in building our diverse workforce.
- HBCUs provide access to relevant and timely career information.
- Students develop in-demand skills to meet workforce needs.
- Workers know how automation will impact the future of work.
- Professionals stay aware of workplace, career, HR and industry trends, practices and success habits.
Who am I?
My professional background includes decades of human resources and management functions across Higher Education, Aviation, Hospitality, Technology and Public sectors. In higher education, I held leadership roles in four college career centers.
At Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the oldest institution designated as a Historically Black College or University (See a full list of HBCU campuses here), I established the Center for Career & Professional Development and founded the Cheyney Internship Institute, Center for Work and Human Capital Development and the Technology Application for Professional Success (TAPS) programs.
Through my work in colleges and as founder of The HBCU Career Center, I have developed innovative and meaningful partnerships between universities and some of America’s largest corporations.
I am a senior certified Human Resources professional and hold membership in several career and human resources professional associations, have presented at national conferences and you will find my career articles widely published across the internet. I have been recognized as a top writer for Yahoo Services for my articles on career, workplace and employment trends and information and was recognized as a Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year. I am a researcher on Workplace Automation through Artificial Intelligence technology.
My goal is to continue working with students, alumni, new professionals, college career centers and employers to better engage and develop America’s diverse workforce. These professionals, be they employees or business owners, will fulfill their dreams of lifelong sustainability through career and workplace success.
I believe successful graduates who sustain themselves, their families and their communities are the best ambassadors for the HBCU mission and become themselves the best protectors and advocates of the legacy of these great institutions.
Dr. Marcia F. Robinson MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
The Workplace Evolutionist & Founder, The HBCU Career Center
mrobin (at) thehbcucareercenter (dot) com