- Minority-serving institutions, including historically Black colleges, to invest in their research and related facilities through President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal.
- The American Jobs Plan also calls on Congress to allocate $15 billion to incubators at these schools and form a climate-focused national lab affiliated with an HBCU.
- the campaign trail, including research initiatives and infrastructure funding.
Biden’s plan attempts to deliver onfor MSIs, including a pledge to spend $10 billion to create the research centers and $20 billion to build new and upgrade existing research facilities at those schools. His new plan emphasizes a desire to invest in research and “with a commitment to lifting workers and regions who were left out of past investments.” The funding proposed for MSIs is part of a $180 billion investment the president wants Congress to make in the nation’s infrastructure.
Including these schools in the proposal “lets it be known to legislators that we have to be part of this process,” said Rodriguez Murray, seniorof public policy at government affairs at UNCF, which advocates for private HBCUs. “We cannot be left out if you want the workforce of tomorrow tolook like the country we live in.”
In an emailed statement, the researchin the country’s future; Harry Williams, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Williams hopes legislation Congress would pass in response to Biden’s proposal also includes “additional flexible funding” for HBCUs to address deferred , modernize buildings and increase their footprint. TMCF supports public HBCUs.
MSIs, particularly HBCUs, have been a focus for new federal and philanthropic money. This new funding, inspired partly by the recent racial reckoning in the U.S.,, HBCU leaders have said. But higher ed continued support is needed to close institutional equity gaps between MSIs and predominantly White institutions.
Biden madefunding. His in grants to these schools for student aid, graduate programs, and initiatives that increase enrollment, retention, completion, and post-graduation employment. He also called for $20 billion invested in expansion.
For now, Biden’s proposal is just that. His latest proposal also seeks expansion of broadband internet access,, and more research and development funding for land-grant universities. However, it doesn’t specify an amount. The sweeping $2 trillion federal spending plan from Congressional Republicans. So far, they and business groups oppose the corporate tax hike that would help finance it, .