Event Synopsis:

In 2017, DoD will host "Taking the Pentagon to the People" programs to discuss critical White House initiatives and DoD’s continued support of Presidential Executive Order 13532 "…to advance the development of the Nation’s full potential and to advance equal opportunity in higher education." DoD will focus on the participation by HBCU/MSIs in federally-sponsored programs; provide advice to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on how to increase the DoD’s role in strengthening HBCUs, with particular emphasis on enhancing institutional infrastructure and facilitating planning, development, and the use of new technologies to ensure the goal of long-term viability and enhancement of these institutions as a major resource for the DoD mission.

This initiative will also serve as a conduit to provide technical assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities(TCUs), Asian American and Native American Serving Institutions(ANNAPISIs) as well as other Minority Serving Institutions(MSIs). The intent is to develop a comprehensive assessment of the areas of greatest opportunity in the areas of pipeline development, STEM, and technical assistance needs for these institutions.

DoD officials and representatives, prime and small business contractors will make information available to HBCUs, TCUs, HSIs and ANNAPISIs and MSIs presidents and executive level administrators regarding research, development, STEM and human capital and workforce development activities within the Department. DoD will develop a comprehensive suite of recommendations to DoD, HBCUs/MSIs and businesses to develop and enhance existing partnerships including, but not limited to, infrastructure enhancement, sustainability, grants and contracting, STEM education, human capital and workforce development, and civilian career opportunities.