Offering open-access to academicians and practitioners, the HBCUstory Symposium is the first of its kind for the nation’s HBCUs. The symposium’s collection of scholarly research and case studies outline the historic and contemporary value of HBCUs, and convenes expert voices in areas of history; information science; STEM; fundraising and development; partnerships and mergers, student persistence and retention; diversity and inclusion (LBGTQ, women studies); as well as athletics and wellness. Expanded to two days to meet the growing demands of the HBCU community, the annual symposium has been held in Nashville, Tennessee and in Washington, D.C. Noted presenters include Spelman College and Bennett College for Women President Emerita Johnnetta B. Cole, Paul Quinn College President Micheal J. Sorrell, then-White House Initiative on HBCUs Deputy Director Ivory Toldson, HBCU Digest Founding Editor Jarrett L. Carter Sr., and Dr. Beverly Wright, executive director of Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. The fourth annual symposium is slated for Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2016 on the Paul Quinn College campus in Dallas, Texas.