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


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




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Associate Director/Business Manager

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta award will help campuses become more

eco-friendly and improve their bottom lines.

ATLANTA (Aug. 6, 2018) – To adopt eco-friendly practices, reduce the environmental footprint, and at the same time improve the bottom line of its member institutions, the Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc. has received a $500,000 Grants to Green Campus Implementation grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

“This is a wonderful follow up to the Assessment services award we received in 2016 from Southface, and it is a testament to the great collaborative work we are undertaking in the Atlanta University Center,” said Todd Greene, executive director for AUCC Inc. “With a projected overall cost savings of nearly half-a-million dollars, this project allows our member institutions to improve the double bottom-line in both costs savings and environmental sustainability.”

Launched in 2008, Grants to Green gives nonprofits the opportunity to renovate or build healthier work places that are environmentally efficient and provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits in the Atlanta region. Grants to Green is a partnership initiative between the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, a respected grant maker and community leader in metro Atlanta and the Southeastern region, and Southface, an expert in “green” building science, design and construction. The Kendeda Fund, a longtime funder of the Community Foundation, funds the Grants to Green initiative.

“This initiative is in line with one the Atlanta University Center’s key areas of transformation – environment and sustainability,” said Morehouse School of Medicine President Valerie Montgomery Rice, board chair of the Atlanta University Center Consortium.  “We appreciate the partnership of The Coca-Cola Foundation on this great opportunity to further our sustainability efforts and to positively affect growth for the entire consortium.”

After receiving assessments of AUC facilities and recommendations for how to improve efficiency, AUCC its member institutions applied for and were awarded the $500,000 Implementation grant for eco-friendly improvements that include upgrading to LED lighting and controls, replacing and retrofitting inefficient plumbing fixtures, receiving sewage abatement credits from evaporation of water returned to the system.

With the assistance of Grants to Green, AUCC member institutions will reduce their energy consumption by more than 23 percent collectively. This equates to greenhouse gas emissions from 505 passenger vehicles driven for one year, saving roughly 2,358 metric tons of carbon dioxide, known for its danger to environmental and human health.

For more information about the green efforts implemented at AUCC member institutions, please contact Bonita Dukes at Clark Atlanta University; André E. Bertrand at Morehouse; Lawrence Jones at Morehouse School of Medicine; and Don Blackston and Art Frazier at Spelman. For more information about the Grants to Green Initiative, visit, or email

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About the Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc.

Founded in 1929, the Atlanta University Center Consortium is the world’s oldest association of historically Black colleges and universities. Comprised of four member institutions – Clark Atlanta UniversityMorehouse CollegeMorehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College – the Consortium is a vibrant intellectual community with a long tradition of scholarship, service and community engagement. AUC Consortium Inc. is a nonprofit organization that operates on behalf of its members to advance each institution’s mission and strategic goals by fostering collaboration, managing center wide initiatives, offering services that benefit our students and community, and leveraging our shared resources. Visit us at, or on Facebook or Twitter.

About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With 65 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation manages the behind-the-scenes details, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation nationally with approximately $900 million in current assets and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. Through its quality services and innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $113 million from donors in 2015 (unaudited) and distributed more than $139 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. In 2016 Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation a four-star rated nonprofit, its top distinction. For more information, visit: or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has a long tradition of involvement in the Atlanta University Center. Not only did he graduate from Morehouse College, both his father and maternal grandfather attended Morehouse. His mother, maternal grandmother, great-aunt, sister, daughter, niece and grand niece all attended Spelman College.

This year marks the 50th anniversary since King’s assassination in Memphis, April 4, 1968. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, would mark his 89th birthday. The day marks an opportunity to celebrate his life and legacy. Join the AUC institutions to commemorate the legacy of a King.

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Five AUC Freshmen Place Second in ILI T.I.M.E. Challenge


Pictured left to right: Zelalem Tenaw, Carter Bowdoin, Leoul Tilahun, Stephen Seymour and Nicolette Barriffe.

Five, first-year dual degree engineering students placed second in  a high-level science, technology, engineering, math, and entrepreneurial activity to “imagineer” innovative practical uses and business models for NASA technology in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nicolette Barriffee, electrical engineering, Clark Atlanta University; and Morehouse College students Carter Bowdoin, mechanical engineering; Stephen Seymour, mechanical engineering; Zelalem Tenaw, computer science; and Leoul Tilahun, computer engineering, along with 20 students from historically Black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, and institutions of higher learning, took on the task to take existing NASA-patented technologies to the marketplace in the Institute for Local Innovations T.I.M.E. Challenge.

The students second-place winning for their Riverside Water Purification landed them  $750 plus a $250 book stipend for each student.

NASA is challenged with hundreds of patented technologies ready to be taken to the marketplace, and too few entrepreneurs ready to move them.

New Orleans-based ILI Inc., in collaboration with Atlanta-based Liquid Studios design firm, is brings a High Impact Practice to HBCUs across the country by way of the ILI Technology Implementation Market Engine Challenge. This innovative student engagement program invites individual students, teams of HBCU students, as well as students from other colleges and university led by HBCU students to participate in the program.

In addition to the winnings, participating students receive mentoring from industry experts, via the Liquid Studios network ( and others, to increase student knowledge, skills, and career interests in economic sectors aligned with NASA-patented technology identified by ILI.

Check out the competition in pictures.

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