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2017 Year in Review


Grant and Contract Activity $2.5 million under consideration; and $1.9 million funded

  • NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub (Submitted as Co-PI to NSF) 11/28/2017, $819,992.44 of $10,499,687.00 – Collaboration between EDC, Westat, Equal Measure, SRI, the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network, Georgia Institute of Technology - Constellations Center for Equity in Computing, and Digital Promise
  • Developing a Model to Explicate the Institutional and Student Characteristics Associated with HBCU Production of Baccalaureate Graduates who Subsequently Earn STEM Doctorates (Submitted as PI to NSF) 10/30/2017, $1,499,240.00 – Collaboration with American Institute for Research
  • Increasing the Competitiveness of 2- and 4-year Minority-serving Institutions (MSIs) in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) (Recommended by NSF 11/30/2017) $171,229.00
  • Workshops to Increase the Number and Competitiveness of Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs)' Proposals to NSF Life STEM Program (Awarded 08/22/2017) $38,553.00 from NSF
  • Workshop to Broaden Participation and Increase the Competitiveness of Minority-serving Institutions in the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (Awarded 05/09/2017) $201,163.00 from NSF
  • Workshops to Broaden the Participation of HBCU STEM Faculty in NSF's Education Research-focused Programs (Awarded 06/23/2017) $559,471 from NSF
  • Workshops to Increase the Number and Competitiveness of Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs)' Proposals to NSF Life STEM Program (Awarded 04/26/2017) $193,984.00 from NSF
  • A Proposal to Support The Talent Development and Innovation in Sciences (TDIS) Internship Program (Awarded 05/16/2017) $571,116.00
  • QEM Outreach Forum on Building Research and Education Capacity in Advanced Computing, Communications, and Information Systems at HBCUs (Awarded 08/24/2017) $209,622.00 from NSF
  • Support for the capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia to enhance or create a focus on juvenile justice (Awarded 11/20/2017) $70,000 from the Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Advancing District-wide Educational Equity (Contracted 12/10/2017) $48,500 from Broward County Public Schools

Publications and Media Mentions


QEM President and CEO Dr. Ivory Toldson 2017 Speaking Engagements 

  • Keynote Speaker for the National Male Student Success Conference, in Orlando, FL, from February 2-4. This year’s theme was Creating 21 Century Pathways to Male Success. Preparing students for success in the 21st Century and beyond.

  • Keynote Speaker for the Citywide Black History Program in Baton Rouge, LA on February 16.

  • Guest Presenter for the CISE Directorate of the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA, February 22. To discuss The Critical Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Postsecondary Computing Education Landscape

  • Keynote Speaker for the Black History Month Observation Program, at the Drug Enforcement Administration in Arlington, VA on February 23. The topic this year was “The Crisis In Black Education”.

  • Speaker and Panelist at the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), 2017 Black History Month Observation in Washington, DC, February 28.

  • Panelist for the 40th Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference, in Houston, TX from March 12-13.

  • Keynote Speaker in the Annual Winning the Race Conference, at Delta State University March 27-28 in Cleveland, MS..

  • Keynote Speaker for the 2nd Annual HBCU Symposium, at Florida Memorial University on March 30.

  • Panelist for the 2017 Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy LEAD (Leadership Evidence Analysis Debate) held on April 6, in Washington, DC.

  • Panelist for the Council for Exceptional Children 2017 Annual Convention & Expo from April 19-20, in Boston, MA. The discussion topic was: “Addressing Disproportionality in Special Education: Culturally Responsive and Equitable Education for All Students.”

  • Keynote Speaker for the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) Policy Institute, on May 2, in Washington, DC.

  • Commencement Speaker for the 2017 Graduates of the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work Commencement Ceremony at Clark Atlanta University, on May 20.

  • Featured Speaker for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) 2017 HBCU Summit from June 7-9 in New Orleans, LA. The discussion topic was: “Creating a Culture of Student Success through Team-Based Solutions.” 
  • Keynote Speaker at the Education Justice Conference held on July 16-18 in Orlando, FL.

  • Panelist for the Naval Future Force S&T Expo, to discuss Historically Black Colleges and Universities / Minority Institutions, held on July 21 at the Walter E. Washington, Convention Center in Washington, DC. This year’s theme was  “Accelerating to the Navy & Marine Corps After Next.”

  • Keynote Speaker for the SHEEO 2017 Higher Education Policy Conference held on August 8-11.  The theme this year was “Structuring Higher Education for Student Success and the Public Good.”

  • Panelist for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) held on September 22, at the Walter E. Washington, Convention Center in Washington, DC. The theme was “And Still I Rise”=

  • Keynote Speaker for the National Education Association’s 2017 HBCU Summit held at the NEA Headquarters from November 3-4, in Washington, DC. This year’s theme was “Advocate, Collaborate and Educate: Amplifying Excellence through a Community of Innovation and Collaboration”

  • Panelist for the 2017 ASHE X. Council on Public Policy in Higher Education Pre-Conference held on November the 8th in Washington, DC.  The discussion topic was “Changing the Numbers: NSF’s strategy to STEM diversity”.

  • Keynote Speaker for the Business of the University Conference held on November 9th at the Hotel Sorella CityCentre in Houston, TX. The theme was “Innovate, Elevate, and Revitalize their University Business Model for Student Success.”

  • Keynote Speaker for The University of Mississippi Medical Center held on December 8th in Jackson, MS. The program topic was “Beyond Horizons: A Recognition of Scholarship and Achievement.”


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