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Going for Gold University Partners

The Going for Gold initiative seeks to include all 101 HBCUs in the U.S. and the 27 four-year HSIs with at least 60% Hispanic enrollment. Our goal is to bring on 25 university partners each year. The 50 HBCUs with health-affiliated programs such as medical schools, nursing, pre-med, health information, and health communication,  provide opportunities for further engagement by partnering on clinical trials, developing health materials, and shaping community outreach.

Recruiting for additional corporate and university partners is ongoing.

Dillard University

An historically Black institution located in New Orleans, La., Dillard University cultivates leaders who live ethically, think and communicate precisely, and act courageously to make the world a better place. Dillard is a private faith-based liberal arts university that offers 22 majors and two certificate programs. Founded in 1869, Dillard is Louisiana’s oldest HBCU born from the union of Straight College and New Orleans University. Dr. Yolanda Page has developed the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center on campus to research health and healthcare inequalities among races and people. The center has four objectives: advance academics in leadership in global health, enhance the academic environment by recruiting racial minority students, develop diverse research, and provide unique hands-on education. A dedicated Going For Gold Partner, Dillard is focused on serving underserved communities in New Orleans. Find out more by visiting

Livingstone College

Livingstone College is a private historically Black college, founded in 1879, with a strong commitment to quality instruction, academic excellence, and student success. Through a Christian-based environment suitable for holistic learning, Livingstone provides excellent business, liberal arts, STEAM, teacher education, and workforce development programs for students from all ethnic backgrounds in a way designed to promote lifelong learning, and to develop student potential for leadership and service to a global community. Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins serves as the twelfth president of the college, which earned a place in history when it hosted the first black intercollegiate football game played in America in 1892. The College was founded by a group of A.M.E. Zion ministers and strong ties with the church continue. Learn more at

Meharry Medical College

Founded in 1876, is the nation’s largest private, independent historically Black academic health sciences center dedicated to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church related institution. The college is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation’s health professions workforce. Meharry is a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences. Find out more at

Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University was founded in 1935 and is the largest HBCU in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a thought leader positioned to continue educating the current and future workforce for generations to come. The University is home to one of the highest rated “Clean Room” research facilities on the East Coast and is strengthening its presence in the research and technological sectors as a place to go for 21st Century initiatives. The institution hosts several superior academic colleges and schools including the College of Science, Engineering and Technology; the College of Liberal Arts; the School of Business; the School of Education; the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work; the School of Graduate Studies and Research; and the Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College. Find more information at

NC A&T State University

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is a leading doctoral research university, the largest historically Black university in America and the nation's No. 1 producer of degrees awarded to African Americans in Engineering and Agriculture. Nationally recognized for excellence in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) education, A&T is home to an extensive scientific enterprise, one of the state's three most productive among its public universities. Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. worked with the system for many years before becoming Chancellor, and thanks to his leadership, A&T is one of the most successful HBCUs in the country. Find out more by visiting

Ponce Health Sciences University

Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) is the largest private medical school in Puerto Rico that provides a world-class education. Recognized in Puerto Rico and St. Louis, MO, for educational service and research achievements, the university continues its focus on the disciplines of Medicine, Clinical Psychology, Biomedical Sciences, Public Health, and Nursing.  By combining expanded academic and professional educational offerings in a cooperative and intimate learning environment, Ponce Health Sciences University graduate highly competent healthcare professionals dedicated to their community and the expanding future needs of their profession.  Learn more at

Shaw University

Founded in 1865, Shaw is the oldest HBCU in the South and the first to admit women. When Shaw hears the call for action, they are the first to jump and answer the call, an approach that made them one of the first universities to partner in the Going for Gold initiative. Shaw is known for their great private liberal arts education. Affiliated with the Baptist Church, Shaw is home to the oldest historically black theological institution in America. Undergraduate studies at the university focus and connect with community outreach through the justice, social work, and health tracks.  When the COVID vaccine was being rolled out, they opened a vaccine clinic to serve the community greatly affected by the virus. Dr. Paulette R. Dillard, President of Shaw, is a marine biologist and a Co-Director of the academic enrichment programs for the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) funded Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) project. Read more at

South Carolina State University

Since 1896, South Carolina State University has maintained a legacy of excellence in education. They have been home to generations of scholars and leaders in business, military service, government, athletics, education, medicine, science, engineering technology and more. Located in Orangeburg, SC, SC State was founded as a land grant college with a mission of providing education and service to the citizens of the state. Learn more at

Southern University Law Center

Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Law Center is one of five institutions comprising the Southern University System – the only HBCU system in the nation. The institution is nationally recognized for its diversity, racial justice initiatives, and community outreach efforts. SULC is a progressive, innovative institution that provides access and opportunity to a diverse group of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to obtain a high-quality legal education with training in both civil and common law. More information is available at

“Cancer is a plaguing disease that has claimed the lives of too many within our community. By partnering with the CEO Roundtable on Cancer on their initiative, Going for Gold, it will allow the Southern University Law Center to elevate education programming and community outreach within Louisiana that can save lives and families.”

- John Pierre, Chancellor of the Southern University Law Center

Stillman College

Stillman College is a liberal arts institution with a historical and formal affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is committed to fostering academic excellence, to providing opportunities for diverse populations, and to maintaining a strong tradition of preparing students for leadership and service by fostering experiential learning and community engagement designed to equip and empower Stillman’s students and its constituents. Stillman College, authorized by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States in 1875, held its first classes in 1876 and was chartered as a legal corporation by the State of Alabama in 1895. Read more at

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.They are the number one producer in North Carolina of Bachelor’s degrees for African Americans in Nursing, health professionals, and rehabilitation and therapy. They also are one of the few HBCU’s to have a PhD in physical therapy. Founded in 1892, WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment. Learn more at