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Sorority, OneMacomb team up for expo

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published September 6, 2019

MOUNT CLEMENS — A pair of Macomb County organizations are coming together for an educational expo.

OneMacomb and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. - Omega Xi Omega Chapter have partnered to bring the fourth annual Historically Black College and University, or HBCU, Expo to Macomb County.

The expo will be held Sept. 14 at the Macomb County Family Resource Center, 196 N. Rose St. in Mount Clemens, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The HBCU Expo is free and open to the public.

“One of the key components to a thriving community is education,” said Rhonda Powell, director of the Macomb County Department of Health and Community Services and chair of OneMacomb. “It is a great honor for OneMacomb to partner with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and offer this wonderful opportunity and service to Macomb County students and their families.”

Expo attendees can speak with representatives from each college and university directly, as well as attend breakout sessions on topics such as financial literacy, the college application process and a panel discussion. The 2018 expo featured more than 20 HBCUs and saw over 100 attendees.

“The HBCU Expo serves as a vehicle for students to hear from alumni who foster the motto ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in,’ the importance of HBCU institutions, as well as their overall student experience,” said Stephanie Edwards, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. - Omega Xi Omega Chapter and chair of the event.

A press release for the expo states, “The Higher Education Act of 1965 defines HBCUs as any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was and is the education of black Americans, who were previously denied entry into higher education institutions.”

Founded in 2012, OneMacomb works to promote multiculturalism and inclusion through arts and community affairs.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. - Omega Xi Omega Chapter of New Haven was chartered in December 2016.

For more information about the HBCU Expo, contact OneMacomb at (586) 469-7190 or visit the Alpha Kappa Alpha - Omega Xi Omega Facebook page.