The Center for HBCU Research, Leadership, and Policy

Center Mission

The Center for HBCU Research, Leadership, and Policy at Howard University is distinctly positioned to serve as a generator and repository of research that examines issues of significance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Center for HBCU Research, Leadership, and Policy brings together researchers and practitioners:

  • to support a thriving HBCU ecosystem by producing empirical research studies and offering programs and resources that leverage the collective strength of HBCUs;
  • to identify best practices in higher education that build upon the achievements and culture-driven missions of HBCUs to ensure their 22nd century success; and
  • who embrace institutional collaboration as a core strategy.


Center Goals

The Center for HBCU Research, Leadership, and Policy at Howard University will build a community of HBCU and HBCU-allied researchers whose scholarship informs higher education leadership, policy, and practice. The Center’s goals are grounded in three areas:


  • Conduct, sponsor, and disseminate interdisciplinary empirical research on topics of particular significance to HBCUs.


  • Create formal collaborative initiatives among institutions based on shared priorities, strategic goals, and commitment to the success of HBCUs.
  • Offer credit and non-credit leadership development programs to current and aspirant HBCU administrators and faculty.


  • Advance policy discourse and action that is aligned with HBCU’s mission, priorities, and goals through engagement with external stakeholders, networks, and organizations.
  • Provide expert consultation to HBCUs and policymakers in critical areas (i.e., accreditation, fundraising, student success, academic planning, enrollment management, etc.)


Center Staff

Melanie Carter, Ph.D., Associate Provost & Director 

Ebonierose Wade, Ed.D., Assistant Director for Administration & Programs

Melanie Carter, Ph.D.

Ebonierose Wade, Ed.D.



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