Historically Black Colleges and Universities
History of HBCU'S
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) are institutions of higher education established in the United States before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community by offering accredited, high quality education to its students. HBCU’s were established during a time when black students were denied admissions to most white schools, these schools offered the best and usually the only opportunity for a higher education. HBCU’s have provided opportunities for African American students, educators and graduates to reach their goals, find success, and impact lives throughout the world. It should be noted that while the primary reason for the establishment of the HBCU was to provide a higher education for African Americans eg: Howard University, Morehouse, Hampton. All HBCUs have been 100% inclusive in their recruitment of non-African American students and staff and many are majority white today eg: West Virginia State, Bluefield State.
In over two decades of existence, HBCU’s have graduated more African-American professionals covering a wide array of careers; including doctors, teachers, politicians, engineers, also several notable entertainers and entrepreneurs.
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However, over time, a reliance on federal and state governments has dealt the HBCU a hard-fiscal blow that has resulted in many HBCUs falling into financial disarray. While the causes vary by school, they are rooted in public policy (both historic and of late) coupled with a prevailing income and wealth disparity of its alumni making them incapable of providing the HBCU the resources necessary to improve its financial and competitive standings. These HBCU’s struggle to survive in an educational environment that is advancing technologically at near light speed.
A weakened financial and competitive standing also limits the HBCU’s ability to positively impact the communities that surround them, many of which are medically-underserved, located in USDA certified Food Deserts.
Stanfield Global’s Project “HBCU Green” is intended as a private-public initiative with a goal of reducing the HBCU’s reliance on federal and state governments over time by increasing its share of revenues through the development of its underperforming assets. “HBCU Green” consists of developing a Green, alternative energy-propelled, holistic community valued between $350M-$500M in collaboration with the HBCU. An “HBCU Green” community can consist of residential, commercial, educational and entertainment venues that include, but may not be limited to:
- Constructing on-site alternative energy options that result in reduced utility costs and a potential revenue stream.
- Constructing new and renovating existing student and campus housing.
- Constructing campus amenities with the goal of improving student and faculty experience to assist with the school’s student enrollment and retention efforts.
- Provide the community much-needed products and services; and create a Green, alternative-energy, holistic destination.
Stanfield Global will provide and/or coordinate financing for the developments. The HBCU will participate by contributing land to the joint venture (60-125 acres) on which to construct the improvements.
Stanfield Global welcomes the contribution of the skill sets, energy and minds charged with ensuring the HBCU’s legacy remain intact and provide an opportunity to positively impact their surrounding communities.
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HBCU “Green” is a holistically driven, alternative energy, residential and commercial community designed to breathe new life into our historically black colleges and universities. The “green”, holistic, and state of the art communities will not only change the lifestyles of students, staff and surrounding community; but also become an example for consumers interested in “green” and holistic living. We hope to create not just an in-house educational center but a destination for people interested in the new sustainable and holistic technology that is our future. HBCU “Green” is innovative change in America.
HBCU "GREEN" will include:
- A 10 Megawatt Solar farm on (60 acres)
- A biomass conversion facility creating biodiesel fuels
- A Sustainable “Green” Research Building (80,000 sq. ft.)
- Sustainable Jobs and Home weatherization training center. “Green” Community Business Incubator Resource Center (30,000sq.ft.)
- 300 Solar powered units of apartments, condos and townhouses (500,000 sq. ft.)
- A day care center (3000 sq. ft.) with adjacent 3-acre Recreation Park,
- A Solar powered 100 room hotels (100,000 sq. ft.)
- 20,000 sq. feet of office space,
- Solar powered Automobile Service Station with electric car charging stations, CNG and Bio-diesel fuels, regular and premium gas (5,000 sq. ft.)
- Federal Credit Union (3,000 sq. ft.)
- Fresh Farmers Market (20,000 sq. ft.)
- Organic Holistic Grocer (20,000 sq. ft.)
- Drug, vitamin and supplements store (3,000 sq. ft.)
- Fitness Center (3,000 sq. ft.)
- A holistic medical clinic (5,000 sq. ft.)
- A traditional medical clinic (5,000 sq. ft.)
- Fitness Center (3,000 sq. ft.)
- Aquaponics /Fresh Fish farm (20,000 sq. ft.)
- 3 healthy eating restaurants, 1 fine dining restaurant (10,000 sq. ft.)
- Sports Bar (4,000 sq. ft.)
- holistic venues and shops, (50,000 sq. ft.)
- A holistic and traditional pet treatment facility (2,000 sq. ft.)
- Walking and electric cart paths that surrounds the complex
- Approximately 1000 parking spaces