HDI Bulletin

The Humpty Dumpty Institute and The Thurgood Marshall College Fund Expand Partnership

February 11, 2013 - For Immediate Release

New York City, NY --The Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) is pleased to announce the expansion of its partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to include all 47 "public" Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the TMCF network, adding nearly 300,000 students to the Higher Education Alliance (HEA). TMCF member-schools account for nearly 80 percent of all students enrolled in the nation’s HBCUs. This partnership showcases five TMCF member-schools -- University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Maryland), Alcorn State University (Mississippi), Morgan State University (Maryland), Virginia State University (Virginia), and Texas Southern University (Texas). The remaining schools will be part of a larger international effort consisting of student and faculty exchanges between the Thurgood Marshall College Fund network and countries in Africa and Asia. Particular emphasis will be placed on establishing joint international research projects emphasizing science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics (STEAM subjects).

The Higher Education Alliance works to spread global awareness among college campuses by building bridges between academic institutions and the United Nations. HEA provides member institutions with an in-depth introduction to the UN and international issues that will help create the next generation of global leaders. Colleges and universities participating in HDI’s Higher Education Alliance host senior ranking UN officials, UN diplomats, global policymakers and leading experts in world affairs as guest lecturers. Students from HEA’s universities visit UN Headquarters in New York for intensive orientation sessions, seminars and conferences to learn about the inner workings of the UN and a wide range of global issues on its agenda. Select students also will have the opportunity to serve as interns at international institutions and non-governmental organizations as well as participate in HEA’s Summer Intensive Session at the UN in New York and in Washington, DC.

Mr. Johnny Taylor, President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, said "This strategic partnership with the Humpty Dumpty Institute will better position the Fund and our 47 member-schools to expand their global reach and their global responsibility to the world community. Together, we are charting a new course to prepare our students and faculty for the economic realities of a global marketplace."

Ralph L. Cwerman, President of the Humpty Dumpty Institute, added "HDI is thrilled to expand its relationship with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. TMCF is deeply committed to magnifying globalism on each of its campuses and providing each student with more international educational opportunities. The Humpty Dumpty Institute shares this vision and looks forward to working with TMCF to promote stronger ties between the United Nations and the large network of public HBCUs in 22 States, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands."

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