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Dr. Jennifer Cohen Keynotes Black College Gala




The Northern California Historically Black College and University Alumni Associations Coalition (HBCUC) hosted its first inaugural scholarship gala “Renewing Our Commitment of Scholarship and Education” on Jan. 26 at the DoubleTree Airport Hilton in Burlingame.

Keynote speaker molecular biologist, Dr. Jennifer R. Cohen spoke of her journey and the need to persevere in the midst of obstacles. The San Francisco native graduated from City College of San Francisco, Howard University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Currently a diversity, equity and inclusion professional Dr. Cohen is passionate about creating inclusive communities for underrepresented students.

Scholarships were presented to students of excellence and representatives of US Senator Kamala D. Harris and San Francisco Mayor London Breed addressed the audience. D’Anthony Jones, Neighborhood Services Liaison, Office of Mayor London Breed at City and County San Francisco spoke of how Breed mentored him and helped him carve his career path.

Honorees of the event included Oracle Corporation, Rho Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The College Awareness Program and Langston University Alumni and civic advocate Marvin Clark.

The HBCUC is a non profit organization consisting of alumni members of HBCU and United Negro College Fund (UNCF) institutions local and national businesses who are located in Northern California.

The HBCUC promotes education and unity with its slogan, The Village – Coming Together For A Common Purpose Through Advancing The Cause Of Education. “We are diligently working to make a positive impact and gladly welcome assistance in providing college materials, scholarship information and hope for the Bay Area students that we serve and support,” said HBCUC President Phyllis J. White.  White said continuing the legacy of HBCU’s and ensuring students continue to matriculate at HBCUs relies greatly on being exposed to all they have to offer prior to selecting a college to attend.

As a Clark Atlanta University Alumna White says she values the HBCU experience and wants more to share in its benefits. “Our mission is to provide scholarships to local students who have been accepted into one of 105 historically black colleges and universities in the United States. We also want potential students to know what HBCUs have to offer as well.”

“This is a time for the HBCU community to get together to celebrate and honor the works and accomplishments of HBCU grads in the Bay Area so we’re happy to see our Bison fully out and representing at this event,” said Howard University Alumni Association President, Jazmyn Hammons.

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