Several public and private HBCUs are looking to increase the representation in a few underprovided cities and towns across the country.
According to HBCU Digest, nine HBCU’s in particular, including Southern University, Alcorn State University, and Tuskegee University, are working to organize a Black Male Teacher Training Initiative, a mass recruitment and training of black men to increase the interest in teaching in underserved communities.
According to reports, the program, funded by a three-year, $1.5 million grant awarded to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association by the W. K Kellogg Foundation, will work towards training and molding young black men, through mentoring and academic advancement, to break down barriers. In addition, they are looking to increase representation of black men in teaching, who currently represent two percent of all secondary teachers in public schools.
The initiative, called Project Pipeline Repair: Restoring Minority Male Participation and Persistence in Educator Preparation Programs, will begin the process with high school juniors.