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HBCU conferences agree to work together

CHARLOTTE, NC (December 28, 2022) — The Commissioners representing the four (4) NCAA Historically Black Athletic Conferences (HBCUs), Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), have agreed to partner in more collaborative ways to strengthen the value of our HBCU conferences and to protect and amplify the HBCU brand. The Commissioners acknowledge the differences in division, size, and makeup, but value that our conferences are the same in our foundation and mission to serve and advance students and athletes at HBCUs.

Over the past three years, the four conferences have met and worked together collaboratively to identify immediate and future opportunities that align with our conference strategies. This includes our partnership with the NFL, Black College Hall of Fame, the NCAA office of Inclusion, championships and selective events that support our mission and student-athletes in higher education.

Additionally, both the Commissioners of the CIAA and SIAC attended and supported their colleagues at the MEAC/SWAC Challenge and the Celebration Bowls. These events have inspired SIAC Commissioner Holloman and CIAA Commissioner McWilliams-Parker to discuss future Division II HBCU initiatives to enhance pre- and post-season scheduling and competition and programming. Leadership of the CIAA and the SIAC Board of Directors met in the summer and agreed that we must identify opportunities to advance our brand and institutions collectively.

For the 2022 Women Leaders in College Sports, the four commissioners sponsored and acknowledged Dr. Javaune Adams- Gaston, president at Norfolk State University and appointed ex-officio member of the NCAA Board of Governors, as a Title IX50 Trailblazer representing the 4 Power HBCU Conferences. We agree that we have a collective work and responsibility in this season to use our platform, passion, and presence to advocate and support the mission of our HBCU institutions and student-athletes in higher education.

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