ATLANTA, GA – Today, Xceleader announced it has been awarded a $500,000 support grant from Packard Foundation’s Justice and Equity Fund to further its effort to connect emerging leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to ladders of power through leadership development and mentorship. In addition, the funding will support Xceleader’s organizational growth and expand its comprehensive leadership and professional development programs over the next five years.
"Supporting HBCU students has been our opportunity to give back to our community," said Xceleader Co-Founder Jade Agudosi. “Now with Packard Foundation's support, we are excited to deepen our involvement on HBCU campuses and in the Black community by investing in our programs and continuing to create positive social impact.”
The grant is an opportunity for Xceleader to further its investment in empowering the next generation of Black leaders. In years prior, Xceleader’s work primarily focused on training and providing resources to student government association leaders at HBCUs and has now expanded to include all HBCU students seeking support, mentorship, and professional training. Xceleader’s equity and social activism-driven programs include Xcel Student Leader Fellowship, XceleadHER, and Vote HBCU.
“Generations of HBCU students have been influential leaders and changemakers in our communities, and Xceleader’s work to support HBCU student leadership and civic engagement is a powerful contribution to positive change in our world," said Nancy Lindborg, President and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. "The Packard Foundation is committed to investing in organizations and leaders like Xceleader who are supporting Black youth stepping into leadership and action that moves us toward a more just and equitable society.”
Since 2018, Xceleader has worked to engage and inspire the next generation of Black leaders through its programs, reaching nearly 2,000 HBCU students.