Thursday, September 7, 2023

ATLANTA | Today, Lt. Governor Burt Jones and Senator Sonya Halpern (D – Atlanta) announced a fall tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) around the state. Lt. Governor Jones and Senator Halpern will be touring the HBCUs, meeting with the President, and engaging in discussions with staff and students.

“I want to thank Senator Halpern for organizing these tours and meetings,” said Lt. Governor Burt Jones. “Learning about the innovative and unique initiatives underway at our HBCUs is critical as we prepare for the 2024 Legislative Session. I look forward to learning how we can partner together to ensure that legislation like the one creating the HBCU Innovation and Economic Prosperity Planning Districts Commission is prioritized during the next session.”

“I’m thrilled to collaborate with Lt. Governor Jones on this exciting endeavor,” said Senator Halpern. “Our Historically Black Colleges and Universities are treasure troves of talent, innovation, and promise. Our visit to these esteemed institutions not only recognizes their remarkable legacies but also underscores a commitment to acknowledging and elevating their distinctive programs and contributions. Together, we will investigate avenues for enhancing our support for HBCUs, fostering a more robust and prosperous future for Georgia.”

All 10 of Georgia’s public and private HBCUs will be engaged in these conversations, including visits on campus at the Atlanta University Center, Albany State University, Fort Valley State University and Savannah State University.


Policy and Communications Director Ines Owens