Mission of The HBCU Career Center
The HBCU Career Center supports the career development of students, alumni and experienced professionals in the broad HBCU community. We do this by providing jobs, internships and career resources as well as connect employers with talent through our job board.
At The HBCU Career Center we are focused on these seven goals:
- Graduates being career-ready with a job or a plan at graduation
- Employers valuing HBCUs as a talent source for inclusive workplaces
- Americans knowing the role HBCUs have played in building a diverse workforce
- HBCUs providing relevant and timely career information and job resources
- Students developing necessary job skills for the workplace
- Workers knowing how automation will impact their future of work
- Professionals staying aware of workplace, career, HR and industry trends, practices and success habits
The Importance of HBCUs
Since the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) were founded in the early 1800’s, these schools have evolved into a diverse group of nationally recognized higher education institutions. From the earliest days, these colleges and universities educated and supported students who graduated and contributed to a regional, national and global workforce. HBCUs as a group, continue to produce competitive college graduates capable of translating their education and experience into lifelong career success in many professions.
Did you know that while representing only 3% of America’s post-secondary institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities graduate 25% of African Americans with undergraduate degrees? One important note is that despite what many people think, the diversity at America’s black colleges, is not limited to the demographics of the students. Diversity is also evident in the variety of academic programs and the thousands of faculty, staff and administrators, who serve the mission of these schools.
Meet the Founder
My professional background includes human resources and leadership functions across Higher Education, Aviation, Hospitality, Technology and Public sectors. In higher education, I have held senior 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 industry.
I hold senior certifications in Human Resources and membership in several career and human resources professional associations. I have presented at national conferences and you will find my articles on career, entrepreneurship, human resources, workplace and employment trends widely published across the internet. I was recognized as a Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year and 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. They therefore, become 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.
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