3 degrees of Separation – The story of HBCU’s and potential impacts

David W. Hoard

By David W. Hoard, President, DHT & Associates Many of us are familiar with the old phrase and theory of “six degrees of separation.”  The concept goes that everyone in the world is connected by six degrees or contacts from each other.  It’s a fun game when it is played out to see how people are interconnected. The African American … Read More

The Demographics Demand It


By Shelley J Fortin, Ed.D, Community College Transfer, LLC There is a ticking demographic time bomb demanding action by the United States’ education community.  College degree attainment varies markedly by race and those differences will have increasing impact as we move toward a diminishing white population at the same time as the minority communities grow. The US Census projects white … Read More

Dominion Offers Diversity Scholarships and Internships

Dominion, a leading energy producer in the U.S., has several scholarship opportunities and internships available, including the Dominion Diversity Scholarship. Up to 30 Dominion Diversity Scholarships are available with a value of $5,000 each. Students attending (or planning to attend) an accredited 4-year university are encouraged to apply. Learn more at: Scholarships Internships

Welcome, Cymone Baker!

Cymone Baker is a senior at Bennett College and is interning with vitalink as an event planning/marketing intern for our HBCUgrow conference. We asked her to tell us a little about herself: My name is Cymone Baker. I am in my senior year at Bennett College, majoring in Arts Management, with a minor in Journalism & Media Studies. I am … Read More

UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Raleigh 2016

Mayor's Masked Ball Planning Meeting

The inaugural Raleigh-Durham UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball is coming up soon! Here’s a photo of the Leadership Team (that’s Terry Spicer up front!) at a recent meeting: Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, President of Shaw University; Dr. Everett Ward, President of Saint Augustine’s University; Orage Quarles, President and Publisher, The News and Observer; Judge William A. Webb; Jeanne Frazer, President, vitalink; Clarenda … Read More

HBCUgrow Inaugural Advisory Board Named

New Board to provide input for improved conferences and training opportunities Raleigh, NC –HBCUgrow today announced the formation of an inaugural advisory board comprised of representatives from nine colleges and universities and the founding members of the group. The advisory board is tasked with helping improve the semi-annual conferences and expand the reach of these educational events. “We’re very pleased … Read More

Frazer Named 2016 Treasure Her Legacy of Elegance Honoree

Treasure Her Elegance 2016 Honorees

March 5, 2016 Grand Tea recognizes six dynamic and accomplished Honorees Raleigh, NC – Jeanne Frazer, president of vitalink®, will be recognized as a 2016 Treasure Her Legacy of Elegance Award Honoree at the 4th Annual Treasure Her Elegance Grand Tea™ benefiting The SISI. The theme of this year’s event is Treasuring the Selfless Sacrifice of the Caregiver. “I am … Read More

Frazer to Co-Chair UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball

UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball

Raleigh, NC – Jeanne Frazer, president of vitalink® and a founding partner of HBCUgrow, has been named a Co-Chair for the Raleigh-Durham 2016 UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball. Corporations, community groups and individuals are invited to support UNCF’s mission of investing in Better Futures® for us all by getting students to and through college. “vitalink has worked with many universities over … Read More

Why It’s Important for Businesses to Support Students

Student internships offer opportunities for real world experience

“I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way…” Lyrics from The Greatest Love of All sung by Whitney Houston Does your business have an internship program? Or work with area students? You should. Universities do a great job of teaching our students much of what they need to know, but real world … Read More