Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Internationalization Efforts


  • Samson Chama
  • Ling Gao LeBeau


This chapter sheds light on the history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). It traces and highlights important hallmarks that make these institutions particularly significant to the African American community. Hallmarks of special importance discussed include the Civil Rights Acts of 1965 and Morrill Act. The chapter further elucidates in detail why HBCUs continue to occupy a significant place in American education landscape. Internationalization as a concept is highlighted within the context of the Civil and Morrill Acts.


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Author Biographies

Samson Chama

Samson Chama is a Professor of Social Work at Alabama A & M University. He is a scholar, researcher, and practitioner. He has worked and collaborated with several international organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Labor Organization (ILO), and The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on issues pertaining to global development such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, economic and social development, health equity and environmental justice. He has also been actively engaged in creating pathways for internationalization of schools where students, particularly those from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are provided with opportunities to participate in global development. He holds a PhD in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

Ling Gao LeBeau

Ling Gao LeBeau is Associate Director of International Student Success at Syracuse University. LeBeau is a scholar practitioner in the field of international higher education with many years of experience in teaching, research, and administration. She has served in various roles in international education at five universities. Her work experiences range from teaching undergraduate and graduate students, advising international students and scholars, directing study abroad programs, developing international partnerships, to leading and implementing campus internationalization initiatives. She was Senior International Officer at Western Carolina University for five years prior to Syracuse University. LeBeau serves on various leadership committees of AIEA and NAFSA, and frequently presents and publishes on issues of international higher education. Dr. LeBeau’s research interests include global learning, curriculum internationalization, international partnerships, assessment, student and faculty mobility. LeBeau holds a PhD in Higher Education and MS in Language Education from Indiana University Bloomington.



How to Cite

Chama, S., & LeBeau, L. G. . (2021). Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Internationalization Efforts. STAR Scholar Books. Retrieved from https://ojed.org/index.php/gsm/article/view/2794