Financial Independence - Program

The Path to Financial Independence strategies include:

  • developing and expanding asset and wealth building program initiatives at HBCUs such as (a) VITA Centers; (b) asset building programs (home ownership, education, entrepreneurial, etc.); and (c) earned income tax credits efforts

  • improving technology and infrastructure needs at HBCU partner sites and in the supported communities by (a) assessing of technology needs at identified HBCU partner sites; and (b) developing plans for addressing identified infrastructure needs; and

  • building the infrastructure for the HBCU network and increasing capacity building at collaborating HBCU sites by (a) engaging in training on implementation of asset and wealth building models using best practices and research-based strategies; (b) identifying wealth building resources; and (c) linking HBCUs to identified funding streams.

The national collaboration is comprised of:

  • Southern University and A&M College Center for Social Research, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (the Coordinating Center) (www.subr.edu/socialresearch)

  • Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland (www.coppin.edu)

  • Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana (www.dillard.edu)

  • Howard University, Washington, DC (www.howard.edu)

  • Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama (www.miles.edu)

  • North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina (www.ncat.edu)

  • Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, Mississippi (www.mvsu.edu)

  • Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (www.sulc.edu)

  • Internal Revenue Service (www.irs.gov)

  • Various community partners located in each of the program hubs