The 11-year-old non-profit corporation known as UNCFSP, a separate entity from the United Negro College Fund, is working to change that, Hester says, even as federal dollars shrink and trends for doing business with the government are pointing away from grants and to contract awards, an arena where many minority institutions are not used to competing successfully.
That means, says Hester, UNCFSP must ramp up its more than 35-member team of proposal writers, researchers, federal government liaisons and procurement experts, trainers and workshop leaders who also track the dollars and opportunities, while assisting HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and underrepresented students with building capacity to compete for higher education research dollars and contracts.
Department of Education and administered by UNCFSP
Our combined portfolio of expertise, cultural competence, outreach, recruitment and professional development is made much stronger by the great working relationship we have with the HCF and UNCFSP," said Diana Gomez, national president of SHPE.
An independently-established 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, UNCFSP has a broad mandate of serving domestic and international Minority Institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Other Minority Institutions (OMIs).
Among the programs administered by UNCFSP
is a $30 million Tertiary Education Linkages Project (TELP), which helps historically disadvantaged South African colleges develop strategies to improve research, staff development, and management capacity.