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The 1856- Renaissance Campaign 

Campaign to Reclaim Institutional Prominence  

In recent years, history and legacy seemed all that was left amid a growing narrative of institutional decline and potential extinction. But, this venerable institution, steeped so profoundly in the collective will of a people with a demonstrated ability to overcome adversity to claim triumph cannot and will not be cowered into submission. We are drawn to the work of reclamation; the hard, steady, committed and noble work of rebuilding this iconic institution, our beloved Wilberforce University, which has meant so much to the dreams, aspirations and accomplishments of African Americans.

We look back to move forward by acknowledging and celebrating the historic significance of Wilberforce University to American higher education and the education of generations of African-Americans as we reimagine a vibrant and vital Wilberforce University for the 21st century. Our trajectory forward is predicated on our fervent belief that we will become a premier liberal arts institution with an entrepreneurial intention which offers cutting-edge curriculum and a holistic enriching student collegiate experience. We will be known as a fiscally sound and operationally efficient teaching and learning and workplace environment where students, faculty and staff are valued, affirmed and fully supported.

As a University community, we are committed to reordering the institutional culture to imagine and embrace a high performing Wilberforce University where excellence, innovation and kindness are core institutional values which define us and drive performance. Institutional change is often a slow and fitful process. We recognize that our work must be strategic, focused, thoughtful and disciplined.

The 1856- Renaissance Campaign is a call to action to acknowledge the legacy of excellence and reclaim the institutional prominence that is the birthright of Wilberforce University.

The 1856-Renaissance Campaign is an annual fundraising initiative focused on raising the dollars to support the Wilberforce Renaissance and the intention of reclaiming institutional prominence and high performance.

The 1856- Renaissance Campaign will support:

  • Scholarships: Provide financial support for first generation, academically gifted students to matriculate at Wilberforce University
  • Infrastructure: Support the renovation of the physical plant and technology infrastructure to facilitate high performance and innovation in teaching and learning, student life, and workplace efficiency and high performance
  • Academic Programs: Support the development of cutting-edge curricula and innovative academic and student engagement programming.
  • Faculty and Staff Development: Support professional development to create and cultivate a first-rate, high performing faculty and staff.
  • Fund-for-Excellence Support innovative and creative ideas, projects and initiatives which enhance teaching and learning, the student engagement experience and operational efficiency.
 
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