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Local Links chapters to announce partnership to support SU, January 31 - Friday, January 27, 2017

Two local chapters of The Links, Incorporated will come together to officially announce a partnership with Southern University through the national organizationís Historically Black Colleges And Universities (HBCU) Initiative.

Officers of the Baton Rouge and La Capitale Chapters of The Links, Incorporated will make a formal announcement of a collaboration that will support the University in increasing graduation rates, providing scholarships, and promoting STEM programs, Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 9 a.m., in the Donald C. Wade House on the Baton Rouge campus.

"Institutions of higher education have a vested interest in building strong relationships with organizations that serve to build a better community. Southern University welcomes the opportunity to partner with The Links in furthering our mutual goals to strengthen HBCUs," said Ray L. Belton, president-chancellor, Southern University and A&M College.

The Links, Incorporated's HBCU Initiative focuses on addressing the critical needs of the community through transformational programming to increase high school and college graduation rates, awarding college scholarships and endowments, and promoting and supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The program features hosting HBCU college fairs and other events in each geographic region, promoting and encouraging connections with an HBCU and its STEM programs, mentoring and recruiting students to attend and complete HBCUs, identifying opportunities to support faculty research and/or professional development, and contributing to the sustainability of HBCU institutions.

"As an organization committed to community service, The Links of the Baton Rouge area are excited to come together in support of one of the nationís premier historically black universities," said Yolanda Dixon and Paula Clayton, presidents of the Baton Rouge and La Capitale Chapters of The Links, Incorporated, respectively.

About the Links, Incorporated
Founded in 1946, The Links, Incorporated is an organization of 14,000 professional women of color who work to promote educational, civic, and intercultural activities to enrich the lives of African Americans and members of the larger community.  Through 283 chapters in 41 states, the organization's members contribute more than 500,000 hours of service to the community annually.

Locally, the Baton Rouge and La Capitale Chapters of The Links, Incorporated serve the community through five facet areas which include services to youth, the arts, national trends and services, international trends and services and health and human services. The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns. The goal is to work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals.

About Southern University
Southern University and A&M College is the flagship institution of the nationís only historically black college and university system in America. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the campus is on Scottís Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in the northern section of the city. The campus encompasses 512 acres, with an agricultural experimental station on an additional 372-acre site, five miles north of the main campus. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number: (404) 679-4501);; to award associate, bachelors, masters, doctoral, and professional degrees, and is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.


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