By E. Freeman
NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University hosted the 2016 National Association of African-American Honors Programs Conference Saturday, Oct. 29.
The three-day conference included a gala on Monday, Oct. 31 in the Howard C. Gentry Complex on TSU’s main campus.
More than 400 of the nation’s best and brightest students and representatives from 31 historically black colleges and universities networked, debated, participated in academic competitions, and presented scholarly research. A graduate and career fair with representatives from more than 40 top graduate schools and companies from across the country was also held for participants.
This was the second consecutive conference being held in Nashville. It marks the 25th anniversary of the NAAAHP, founded in 1990 to address the “specific needs” of honors education for African-American students. Last year’s conference was held in partnership with Fisk University.
“We were excited to once again bring the national conference to Nashville,” said Dr. Coreen Jackson, president of the NAAAHP, who is interim dean of the TSU Honors College. “We are indeed grateful to President Glenda Glover and Tennessee State University for hosting the 25th anniversary.”
Under the theme, “Celebrating 25 Sterling Years of Academic Distinction,” Jackson said Honors directors, deans and faculty at the conference also engaged in roundtable and panel discussions about best practices in Honors administration.
“This year’s theme was designed to commemorate the vital role NAAAHP has played in supporting Honors education within HBCUs and Predominantly Black Colleges and Universities for 25 years,” Jackson said.