Livingstone to host NAAAHP Conference at Great Wolf Lodge

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

The event, hosted by Livingstone College, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14, through Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord.

This year’s theme, “Energizing Exceptional Minds for Extraordinary Excellence,” will assemble more than 400 of the nation’s top Honors’ students, granting them an opportunity to contend in academic competitions such as quiz bowl, debate, model African United Nations, oratorical contests, scholarly research presentations, community service projects, and networking and professional development opportunities.

Students will also partake in professional seminars and gain exposure to post-undergraduate career options during a Graduate School and Career Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on 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.

Under the leadership of Livingstone College professor, Dr. Da’Tarvia Parrish, who serves as 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.

All administrators, curriculum and instruction developers, and educators at the 9-12th and post-secondary levels can delve in hands-on workshops and sessions that promote effective instruction and innovative ways to engage students, enhance curriculum, and increase productivity to transform the future of art and science teaching and life-long learning processes.

“I know I am extremely blessed to serve in this capacity and position at Livingstone College as a forerunner in the modern history of this organization,” Parrish said. “When I think of Livingstone’s antiquity and how instrumental persons like James Walker Hood was 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.”

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

About the NAAHP

NAAAHP began in May 1990 to promote the continued empowerment of HBCU Honors students though enhanced cognitive and effective experiences. Today, the organization serves the Honors Colleges and Programs of more than 60 HBCUs/MSIs member institutions.


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