Livingstone to host National Association of African-American Honors Programs Conference

Published 10:36 am Friday, November 9, 2018

Livingstone College

SALISBURY — Honors students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) around the country will convene next week to celebrate the 27th Annual Conference of the National Association of African-American Honors Programs (NAAAHP).

Hosted by Livingstone College, the event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14, through Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord.

With a conference theme of  “Energizing Exceptional Minds for Extraordinary Excellence,” more than 400 of the nation’s top honors students will participate in quiz bowls, debates, model African United Nations, oratorical contests, research presentations, community service projects, and networking and professional development.

A Graduate School and Career Fair will be held 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 16, sponsored by Goldman Sachs, Georgia Pacific and ARMY ROTC.

Honors faculty and staff will participate in professional development opportunities that promote leadership skills, curriculum development, teaching and learning pedagogies, and best practices in honors programs.

Under the leadership of Livingstone professor, Dr. Da’Tarvia Parrish, the organization’s president, NAAAHP is opening its conference to community educators with Equity and Diversity in Teaching, Assessing, Learning and Kinships (EdTALK). EdTALK is set for Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Administrators, curriculum and instruction developers, and educators at the 9-12th grade and post-secondary levels can participate.

Parrish said she was blessed to be at Livingstone and to lead NAAAHP. “When I think of Livingstone’s antiquity and how instrumental persons like James Walker Hood were to the field of education, especially in the state of North Carolina, I am empowered to tread uncharted territory for the betterment of the academy and professional leadership,” she said.

Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr., Livingstone College president, said sponsoring this conference is yet another example of “our institution’s leadership and progressive thinking to maintain our relevancy in the pursuit of educational excellence, and is a testament to our qualified faculty and staff.”

For more information or to register for the NAAAHP conference, visit