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MPS plans activities throughout HBCU Week, November 6-10

HBCU week at MPS BannerHistorically Black Colleges and Universities Week is around the corner! HBCU Week is November 6-10 this year. Milwaukee Public Schools has a full lineup of activities for the week, which pays tribute to the legacy of promoting equal opportunities for high-quality education.  

The district notes that HBCUs foster student success by meeting the needs of first-generation college students and low-income students, and that HBCUs outperform predominantly white institutions of higher learning in retaining and graduating low-income Black students.  

Districtwide activities for the entire week 

  • Wear HBCU gear and National Pan-Hellenic Council paraphernalia to show support for HBCUs. Share pictures on social media using #MPSHBCU23.  

  • Empower Me Tour college readiness fair will be Thursday, November 9. Encourage seniors to attend this United Negro College Fund (UNCF) traveling fair; students should see their school counselors to register. 

  • Share HBCU facts and trivia in social media posts, announcements, class time, and staff meetings.  

Monday, November 6 

Tuesday, November 7: HBCU Day of Action 

Wednesday, November 8  

  • Students will take gallery walks through their schools to view door and bulletin board decorations. The displays are meant to encourage students to build on their knowledge about HBCUs and to promote deeper thinking and learning through interaction. 

Thursday, November 9 

  • The UNCF Empower Me Tour takes place. Seniors will attend college and career readiness sessions and meet with admissions representatives; students also can apply for admission to colleges. School counselors will help eligible students register for the field trip. Learn more about the Empower Me Tour online.  

Friday, November 10 


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