ATLANTA (June 1, 2022) | Today, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan announced the formation of the Interim Legislative Study Committee on Excellence, Innovation, and Technology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Chaired by Sen. Sonya Halpern (D – Atlanta), the study committee is tasked with examining ways the state can support growth at HBCUs and promote access to high-demand industries for upcoming graduates. A part of the Lt. Governor's initiative to foster inclusive innovation, the study committee will help guide policymakers with how best to build on the successes of HBCUs and discover challenges that remain to their growth.

“Georgia's recognition as a leader in workforce diversity would not be possible without the support of the state's HBCUs, which produce top-notch graduates that go on to serve as leaders in their respective industries," said Lt. Governor Duncan. "This committee will play a vital role in ensuring the Peach State has the necessary infrastructure to promote and retain the talents of HBCUs and their graduates."

“As the daughter of parents who both attended an HBCU and with the rich history and significant economic impact our HBCUs have played in our state, I commend Lt. Governor  Duncan for this opportunity to identify ways the state can further eliminate roadblocks in the higher education system and promote opportunities for communities of color,” said Sen. Halpern. “I look forward to producing an impactful outcome from the committee’s findings.”

The following members have been appointed to serve on the committee:

Chair, Sen. Sonya Halpern (D – Atlanta)

Sen. Jason Anavitarte (R – Dallas)

Sen. Tonya Anderson (D – Lithonia)

Sen. Butch Miller (R - Gainesville)

Sen. Freddie Powell Sims (D – Dawson)

Sen. Valencia Seay (D – Riverdale)

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