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The Episcopal Church logo, followed by The Work of Your Church: An Evening in Conversation with Episcopal HBCUs, followed St. Augustine University's logo, followed by Voorhees College logo
An Evening in Conversation with Episcopal HBCU Leaders
An Evening in Conversation with Episcopal HBCU Leaders

Join The Episcopal Church Office of Development on Wednesday, September 29 at 5 PM EDT, as they host a panel discussion highlighting the importance and history of two Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.

The Presidents of both institutions will join in conversation with Presiding Bishop Curry, together with special guest Congressman James E. Clyburn of the 6th District, South Carolina about the current challenges facing HBCUs and their role in supporting the development of leaders of color in a diverse array of professions.

We’ll look at the history of HBCUs and The Episcopal Church, which founded a number of these institutions in the later 19th century to provide educational opportunities to formerly enslaved persons. The panel will also discuss recent developments and innovations at Voorhees and Saint Augustine’s, preserving and protecting the legacy and history of black colleges, how HBCU students are impacting the country and the world, and inequities in funding for HBCUs in comparison with Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs).

The 60-minute event will include a moderated panel discussion, followed by a Q & A session, with the following guests: 

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church 

Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail, 13th President of Saint Augustine's University

Dr. Ronnie Hopkins, 10th President of Voorhees College

U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn, Serving the 6th District of South Carolina

Ms. Rebecca Linder Blachly, Director, The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations (Moderator)

Registration is free, but required.

Sep 29, 2021 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry is Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. Presiding Bishop Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015. He was elected to a nine-year term and confirmed at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, UT, on June 27, 2015.
Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail
13th President of Saint Augustine's University
Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail is the 13th President of Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC. Prior to joining Saint Augustine’s, Dr. McPhail served as President and CEO of the McPhail Group, LLC and a nationally recognized thought leader in higher education. She is the founding professor and director of the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University. Dr. McPhail is the former president of Cypress College in California. She also recently served as a professor of practice at Kansas State University in the John E. Roueche Center for Community College Leadership Development.
Dr. Ronnie Hopkins
10th President of Voorhees College
Dr. Ronnie Hopkins was appointed as the tenth president of Voorhees College in July, 2021. Dr. Hopkins is Founder and CEO of Possible Worlds Foundation, Incorporated, a non-profit organization that provides full-service career strategic directions and opportunities in education and employment for disenfranchised citizens impacted by homelessness, incarceration, and HIV/AIDS. He is a Fulbright-Hays and Mellon international scholar.
James E. Clyburn
Congressman
President Barack Obama has said he is, "One of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens." James E. Clyburn is the Majority Whip and the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives. He previously served in the post from 2007 to 2011 and served as Assistant Democratic Leader from 2011 to 2019. Working with the internal caucuses, he plays a prominent role in messaging and outreach.
Rebecca Linder Blachly
Moderator, The Episcopal Church
Prior to taking on this role in September 2016, Ms. Blachly was the Senior Policy Advisor for Africa in the Office of Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Her previous positions include Acting Chief of the Strategic Communication Division at U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Research Associate in the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She has conducted fieldwork and research throughout Africa and the Middle East and she has published on civil-military relations and information sharing in complex environments.