Atlanta University Center Consortium

AUC Students Showcase Talents at ASA Annual Meeting


More than 30 Morehouse and Spelman students will present research, exhibit self-made instruments, offer musical performances, facilitate workshops, and provide photography and videography at the 61st annual meeting of the African Studies Association.

Taking place Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, the ASA annual meeting is the largest gathering of Africanist scholars in the world. With an attendance of approximately 2,000 scholars and professionals, this year’s theme focuses on Energies: Power, Creativity and Afro-Futures.

The conference features more than 300 panels and roundtables; plenary events with keynote speakers; an awards ceremony and dance party; institutional and organizational receptions and meetings; an international exhibit hall; and screenings of award-winning movies from Africa, and/or by African producers.

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AUC highlight events around the conference include:

Black Money Exhibit featuring Spelman students who made African instruments
Auburn Avenue Research Library
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Welcome reception and film screening featuring Morehouse Jazz Combo and Glee Club
Massey Conference Center, Morehouse College
Thursday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

I-V-4 Roundtable: African-Centered Making: The Case for Cultural Relevance in the Maker Movement (Local Arrangements Committee and Morehouse College) 
Thursday, Nov. 29, 8:30 p.m.-10:15 p.m. 
Chair: Lycurgus Muldrow, Morehouse College 

VII-S-1 Creative Energies: Digital Approaches to Studying African Culture and Diasporic Retentions (Local Arrangements Committee and Morehouse College) 
Friday, Nov. 30, 2 p.m.-3:45 p.m. 
Chair: Aaron Carter-Enyi, Morehouse College 

VIII-S-4 The Language Agenda in Post-Colonial African Music (Local Arrangements Committee and Morehouse College)
Friday, Nov. 30, 4 p.m.-5:45 p.m. 
Chair: Quintina Carter-Enyi, University of Georgia 

Closing reception and dance party featuring Morehouse Afro Pop Ensemble
Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Main Ballroom
Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. to midnight

Morehouse College departments and programs: Africana Digital Ethnography Project (ADEPt); Entrepreneurship Center; Public Health Sciences Institute; Department of History; Department of Music; Glee Club; Jazz Orchestra; Makerspace; Event Support Services

Spelman College departments and programs: Bonner Office of Civic Engagement; Department of Art; Department of Music; Spelman Innovation Lab

If you would like more information, please contact Aaron Carter-Enyi,
Aaron Carter-Enyi, Ph.D
Director, Africana Digital Ethnography Project (ADEPt) –
Assistant Professor of Music, Morehouse College
Adjunct Faculty, Spelman College
ACLS Fellow ’17, Fulbright Fellow ‘13
Coordinator, The Morehouse College Sub-Saharan Africa Commissioning Project


92nd Annual Morehouse-Spelman Christmas Carol Concert


Attended by thousands from across metro Atlanta, the Morehouse and Spelman colleges’ glee clubs annually perform the Christmas Carol Concert. Always free and open to the public, favorites such as “We Are Christmas,” performed by Spelman Glee Club, and “Betelemehu,” performed by Morehouse Glee Club ring in the holidays together with a series of spirited musical performances filled with songs of the season.

FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Morehouse College Campus

SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 6 p.m.)
Sisters Chapel
Spelman College Campus

Once the Chapel fills, an overflow viewing location will be available.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2018 | 6 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Morehouse College Campus

AUC Presidents Deliver Strong Case for Investing in HBCUs in New National Tome on Workforce


Clark Atlanta President Ronald A. Johnson and Morehouse School of Medicine President and Dean Valerie Montgomery Rice provide compelling insights on how a strong American workforce needs the creativity and brain trust developed by historically Black colleges and universities.

Pictured left to right are Ronald A. Johnson, president, Clark Atlanta University; Valerie Montgomery Rice, president Morehouse School of Medicine; and Todd Greene, executive director of the Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc.

(ATLANTA – Nov. 20, 2018) In a new Federal Reserve System-led book, “Investing in America’s Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers,” Clark Atlanta University President Ron A. Johnson and Morehouse School of Medicine President and Dean Valerie Montgomery Rice detail strong evidence about the importance and relevance of HBCUs in the workforce development process. From pipeline to career, they argue that HBCUs are uniquely situated to respond to employer needs and to prepare graduates for long-term success.

Johnson’s essay, Pipelines for Diversified Intellect, Creativity and Innovation not only details the historic contribution of HBCUs in creating strong leaders across corporate America and in other employment contexts, he also cites evidence of how HBCU graduates perform better in the labor market where they have been uniquely prepared with high levels of skills and confidence.  In Promoting the Health of Communities for Long-Term Benefits, Montgomery Rice (joined by Morehouse School of Medicine Vice President David Hefner), address workforce development pipeline by describing an innovative program linking MSM students and faculty to K-5 STEM education.  Because of their strong  traditional ties to marginalized and disinvested communities, HBCUs are well positioned to both positively impact pipelines to college and employment and to contribute to the long-term overall economic performance of these communities.

“Investing in America’s Workforce,” a nearly 1,100-page collaborative book, brings together more than 100 national thought leaders and subject-expert authors and editors to explore the systemic barriers to employment and the strategies and investments to help overcome those barriers.

Pictured with Greene is David Hefner, MSM vice president for Strategy and Institutional Effectiveness.

The three-volume call-to-action is the result of a two-and-a-half-year collaboration between the Federal Reserve System, the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, the Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.  The book offers approaches for improving the human capital of America’s labor force, expanding access to jobs, and innovating workforce development funding.

Johnson and Montgomery Rice’s essays are framed by an introduction – “The Critical Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Workforce Development” penned by Atlanta University Center Consortium Executive Director Todd Greene.  Yet another important contribution in this section is from former Morehouse College president and current Harvard University administrator John Silvanus Wilson.  He suggests that workforce-related investments in HBCUs should be directed to institutions best positioned for achieving the strongest outcomes.  Further, in his essay, HBCUs as Pipelines for Diversified Intellect, Creativity and Innovation, Wilson shares that strong endowments, the ability to undertake successful capital campaigns, and maintaining effective governance structures are critical components for HBCUs effectively preparing their graduates for the workplace.

“While we have long recognized the unique value afforded by an HBCU education, presenting this value in the context of the labor market and workforce development is not widely discussed,” said Greene, who also serves as one of “Investing in America’s Workforce” four lead editors. “It is important we continue to invest in institutions like HBCUs that have proven track records of delivering well-prepared workers in a modern economy,” added Greene

“Investing in America’s Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers,” can be downloaded from, or request a hard copy by reaching emailing Ashley Bozarth at

Satya Nadella Visits AUC


Be our guest Sept. 25, 2018, when Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft, visits our campus for an engaging interaction with Atlanta University Center presidents, students and faculty in  dialogue around the future of technology innovation. Open to all AUC community.

Fireside chat from 3:15 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. with Morehouse School of Medicine President Valerie Montgomery Rice at the Ginger Sullivan Auditorium in the Louis Sullivan National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine.


Three Atlanta University Center Schools Receive Gift From the Atlanta Hawks in Honor of Their Vice Chairman and Basketball Great Grant Hill


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ATLANTA (August 30, 2018) – Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University have received a “surprise” gift from the Atlanta Hawks in honor of Grant Hill. The Hawks made the contributions to the Atlanta University Center institutions to recognize Hill, vice chair and part owner of the Hawks, being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Steve Koonin, CEO of the Hawks, surprised Hill on Spelman’s campus, Thursday, Aug. 30, with the gift that will benefit 33 students across the AUC. Thirty-three is Hill’s career-long jersey number.

“Grant Hill has been a living emblem of investing in communities and people, including students attending HBCUs,” said Todd Greene, executive director of the Atlanta University Center Consortium. “On behalf of our member institutions, the Atlanta University Center Consortium is grateful for the Atlanta Hawks’ gift of scholarships to our students that celebrates and recognizes a great living legend.”

A seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time NCAA Champion, Hill values the legacy and excellent outcomes of historically Black colleges and universities – particularly because HBCUs give many Black students voices and paths to success they may not have otherwise had.

“Education is something that is very important to me and to my family. What my wife and I have tried to do is to give back through our philanthropy in the world of education,” said Hill during the event. “Going into the hall of fame is a great honor, but to have this now with the AUC is unbelievable. All I can say is thank you, and most importantly thank you for the kids who will benefit from this gift.”

In 2015, Hill became part of the ownership team of the Hawks, which sees this gift as a gateway to strengthening their relationship with the AUC. Their goal is to expose students to off-the-court careers in sports through several initiatives, including shadowing Hawks leaders and participating in internships.

“If there were a person hall of fame, Grant would be at the top of it,” said Koonin of Hill. “Grant is a philanthropist. Grant is a leader. So we thought we would do something a little bit different, in the Hawks voice, to honor Grant’s induction. The most important part is that this university complex will have a small part of Grant; and hopefully, one day, the students who benefit will develop into leaders and people reminiscent of Grant’s character.”

In attendance for the announcement were David Lee, the Hawks executive vice president of external affairs and executive director of the Atlanta Hawks Foundation, Nzinga Shaw, Spelman College, C’2001, the Hawks senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, and Andrea K. Carter, Spelman College, C’90, the Hawks vice president of corporate social responsibility and inclusion. They were joined by Greene, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., president of Spelman College, Ronald Johnson, Ph.D., president of Clark Atlanta University, and Henry Goodgame, vice president for external affairs and alumni engagement at Morehouse College.

About Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc.
Founded in 1929, the AUC Consortium is the world’s oldest and largest contiguous association of historically black colleges and universities in the world. Comprised of its four member institutions — Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College — AUC Consortium represents an intellectual community with a storied tradition of rich culture, scholarship, service and community engagement. Led by its board of directors, the Council of Presidents, the Consortium is a nonprofit organization that operates on behalf of its members to advance each institution’s mission and strategic goals, and seeks to foster collaboration that leverages shared resources of the community and member institutions to maximize opportunities for our students and the community.

About the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club
With a bold identity and strong new ownership, the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and State Farm Arena remain committed to making Atlantans proud on the court and off. The 2014-15 Southeast Division Champions, the Hawks made the postseason in 10 consecutive seasons and reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2015. Off the court, the organization has built a culture of inclusion, diversity and innovation, all with a touch of Southern Hospitality. It continues into the community where the organization builds bridges through basketball, whether by constructing and refurbishing courts in Atlanta neighborhoods, providing scholarships to our basketball camps, or surprising and delighting our fans with unique Atlanta Hawks experiences. Atlanta Hawks Membership, which includes your seat for every home game for the 2018-19 regular season, is on sale now at or by calling 866-715-1500! For more information on the Hawks, log on to today or follow us on twitter @ATLHawks.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country’s leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 61 among all liberal arts colleges and No. 1 among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman, Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and author Pearl Cleage. For more information, visit

Financial Literacy and Empowerment Model Resource List


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Federal Reserve Education — offers consumer group educational resources to promote personal financial responsibility, exposes young people to exciting careers in economics and finance, and educates on the role of the Federal Reserve System in the global economy; Building Wealth Workbooks. Visit:

National Financial Educators Council — provides online and site-based Certified Financial Education Instructor program to help individuals acquire the expertise, credibility, self-assurance, and certification needed to teach money management lessons effectively; also provides resources, research, and program management tools. Visit:

Prosperity NOW Scorecard — provides info to residents of your state on how they fare financially and how your lawmakers can help; customizing data reports, comprehensive resources and view,  highlights, offers analysis of financial security and stability. Visit:

Center for Responsible Lending — CRL conducts in-depth research on the extent and impact of predatory lending to provide useful information to consumers, community advocates and policymakers alike. Visit:

Securities Exchange Commission —  online SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy provides a variety of services and tools to address the problems and questions consumers may face as investors; (exp. Ask Questions on Investments brochure). Visit:

BankON Atlanta — online collaboration of resources providing consumers practical financial skills that will enable them and small businesses to manage their finances and plan for the future for economic success; list of resources, workshops and provider agencies. Contact: Terica Black Bashir, project manager, Mayor’s Office of Innovation & Perform, 404-865-8950 (office); 404-803-9322 (cell), or

Federal Depositors Insurance — online, print and audio curriculum and resources; Money Smart comprehensive financial education curriculum to help low- and moderate-income individuals and businesses outside the financial mainstream enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. Contact Elaine Hunter, Community Affairs Specialist,, or visit:

Cities for Financial Empowerment — online Standards for workshops and facilitators. Visit:

National Financial Educators Council — online complimentary downloads of educational curriculum and materials. Visit:

Georgia Watch — online Consumer Guide for Medical Bills and Debt; state’s leading nonprofit consumer advocacy organization ensuring residents are informed and protected on matters that impact their quality of life through education and advocacy on opportunity gaps, health disparities and protection of consumers’ hard-earned income. Visit:

National Association for Consumer Advocates — online self-paced Debt Defense course helps participants find attorneys and obtain optimal results for all debt collection. Visit

American Student Assistance — online program of American Student Assistance SALT program helps students plan, pay, repay college debt; certifications for financial counselors available; refer to SAS for more details; student scholarships info available through Cappex.comBig Future and

Bankrate — online consumer information and tools on mortgages, banking, credit cards, loans, investing and personal finance. Visit:

Club Thrifty  — review of 10 best free and fee web-based apps for managing personal finances including, Personal Capital, Tiller, You Need a Budget, Mint, Every Dollar and more. Visit:

SEEDCO (in Georgia) — EarnBenefits Online® is a password-protected, website-based software application developed by Seedco to calculate eligibility for 20 benefits or more after a short interview, which populates application forms and saves them to client profiles, enabling users to focus on ensuring accurate and complete information. Visit

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Bank of America — online personal finance education through Better Money Habits program by managing your personal finances and making smart financial decisions now. Visit:

Wells Fargo — online resources and tools (My Financial Guide) to empower you with financial knowledge, resources, and customized tools to help you understand where you are and options available. Visit:

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AUCC DDEP Orientation


2018 AUCC/DDEP Orientation
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thomas Cole Research Center for Science and Technology
Campus of Clark Atlanta University
Dress Business Casual

If you are a new or current dual degree engineering student, it is mandatory that you attend the AUCC DDEP Orientation. Come learn about how we can help you with internships, scholarships and get into engineering school. We are also giving away two great door prizes!

If you have questions, email, or call Ms. Letia Wyatt at 404-523-5148.




As new executive director of the newly structured organization, presidents charge Greene to transform the 90-year-old organization.

ATLANTA (June 11, 2018) – After a 12-month executive search, the Council of Presidents for Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc. announces the appointment of Todd Greene as executive director of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc.

Greene joins AUCC after 10 years with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as vice president of Community and Economic Development. In his new position with the Consortium, he will be responsible for transforming and reorganizing AUCC, focusing on four key areas: health and wellness; environment and sustainability; technology innovation; and education.

“Todd’s body of work and enthusiasm aligned with where we want to see the Atlanta University Center to ascend. Our ‘re-envisioned vision’ for the Atlanta University Center Consortium is to shift it from an organization that focuses on coordinating individual programs and governance councils to an innovative, think-tank focused on thought-leadership, collaboration, and innovation for strategic initiatives that yield meaningful and effective outcomes for the Atlanta University Center,” said Dr. Montgomery Rice, chair for the Council of Presidents. “Additionally, our vision for the AUCC is to provide a collaborative space to incubate innovative best practices relevant to the broader higher education community, with special focus and emphasis on underrepresented groups in higher education.”

With nearly 20 years of executive leadership experience in higher education, and community, economic and workplace development, Greene has a strong track-record of leading strategic transformations, including his previous roles at the Federal Reserve, and his prior position at Georgia Tech where he led various centers and programs focused on applied economic development.

“I am anxious to leverage my experiences and networks to hasten transformative change for students, faculty, and staff, and also for Atlanta and national stakeholders,” said Greene, who will assume his responsibilities June 13, 2018. “The presidents have articulated broad and ambitious goals for the campuses and for the collective role in the region and nationally.”

Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc.

Founded in 1929, the AUC Consortium is the world’s oldest and largest contiguous association of historically black colleges and universities in the world. Comprised of its four member institutions — Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College — AUC Consortium represents an intellectual community with a storied tradition of rich culture, scholarship, service and community engagement. Led by its board of directors, the Council of Presidents, the Consortium is a nonprofit organization that operates on behalf of its members to advance each institution’s mission and strategic goals, and seeks to foster collaboration that leverages shared resources of the community and member institutions to maximize opportunities for our students and the community.

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