Jun 15

Recapping UNCF’s Career Pathways Initiative Convening

It was an honor to participate in the first annual convening of UNCF’s Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) held in Atlanta. Funded by the Lilly Endowment, the goal of this important initiative is to grow and support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) by increasing the career placement outcomes of their students. In addition to meeting a number of distinguished members from some of the nation’s tops HBCUs, I took away some great learnings and insights that will help guide Better Weekdays‘ product goals.

What made the convening so special was the power and quality of the conversations with individuals who genuinely care about the job outcomes of their students.  These conversations were not limited to the plenary sessions or working groups, but in the hallways, during meals and after hours.  What was even more amazing is that some of these conversations were captured and magnified on Twitter using the hashtag (#UNCFCPI).  Fun fact: 46s Presidents of HBCUs actually have a Twitter account according to President Kimbrough of Dillard University!

Experiencing the power of these conversations first hand leaves me with a question: Why should the conversation end?  My company, Better Weekdays, would like to keep the conversation going so that best practices are shared, great information is distributed, and new relationships are forged.  I believe it’s important that we remain dedicated and focused on the important work of establishing career pathways for our HBCU students via Curricular Enhancement, Intentional Co-Curricular Engagement, and Guided Pathways.  By continuing to share ideas, tactics and stories that support these strategies using the using #UNCFCPI on Twitter, we can improve the probability of our collective success.

Will you help us by contributing information via Twitter using the hashtag?  If you are interested in writing or publishing content, please email me and we’ll help with creation and/or distribution.

Each week, I will post content and share resources that will help #UNCFCPI institutions complete its implementation plans.  We will also share some of our research and perspective that has been informed by our work with DeVry, Lincoln, Harvard and Washington University, Insight St. Louis, and corporations such as Edward Jones, BJC Healthcare, Wells Fargo and Dot Foods.  Feel free to follow me on Twitter, @ChrisBMotley or @BetterWeekdays.

In the meantime, checkout some of the most shared articles from last week’s convening. Let’s all work together to create frictionless pathways for our future workforce: your students. Wishing you all the best as your complete your implementation plans.

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