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UVI HOSTS WHITE HOUSE HBCU INITIATIVE

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March 18, 2003 – The University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus on Wednesday will host federal representatives and administrators from 34 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) for a two-day technical assistance workshop.
The program is jointly sponsored by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and UVI, and will concentrate on funding and career opportunities for HBCU representatives involved in international programs, sponsored programs, and career planning and placement.
Representatives from local government agencies and businesses are encouraged to attend in order to gain perspective on grants, contracts, fellowships and career opportunities.
U.S. Ambassador Leonard H.O. Spearman, executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, will give opening remarks Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education. The workshop on Thursday will also begin at 8:30 a.m. also and will end at 2 p.m.
In addition to the U.S. Department of Education, other participating agencies include the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Peace Corps, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of State.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of the Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy have also been invited to participate.
UVI President LaVerne E. Ragster will host a reception for workshop participants on at 5:30 p.m. at the Great House on UVI’s St. Croix campus.
For more information on the workshop, please contact Mrs. Nereida Washington at 692-4000.

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