Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education


  Whether you are interested in connecting with other higher education     professionals; recently became a member; or have been a time-honored     member, the Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education (KABHE)   is a   long-standing organization of professionals like none other in the   Commonwealth of Kentucky. Founded thirty-five years ago, KABHE is   comprised of well-educated, energetic, and dedicated professionals who   are   committed to ensuring the existence of access to high-quality   education and equity for all students throughout the Commonwealth of   Kentucky, but especially for African Americans. Membership in this premier professional organization provides infinite opportunities to connect with other higher education trailblazers from around the state.

Focused on addressing the unique needs of African American students, faculty, and staff at Kentucky’s post-secondary institutions, KABHE facilitates local, regional, and statewide collaboration amongst its members; works cooperatively with state agencies; offers real-world, real-time professional growth and development opportunities; and provides a platform where best practices and research related to African American student recruitment, retention, and success can be shared annually.

In addition to its concentration on students’ success, KABHE works to influence public policy which impacts African Americans and offers remarkable mentoring opportunities for aspiring young professionals who are pursuing advanced degrees as well as for seasoned higher education professionals who are seeking strategies to better serve the needs of current and prospective students. In short, KABHE is a strong advocate for quality education at all levels throughout Kentucky and is committed to sharing knowledge surrounding issues related to higher education as well as to developing shared resource pools which support student recruitment, retention, and success. 

KABHE’s activities include but are not limited to the following: research, mentoring, scholarships, newsletters, speakers’ bureaus; local, regional, and state meetings; annual conference; social and cultural events; and business and community partnerships. Membership in KABHE is open to anyone who is interested in working to make a positive impact on education for all students, but especially for African American students. I hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about KABHE and then choose to join our efforts to support education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I can guarantee you will be warmly welcomed!


Evelyn A. Ellis, Ed. D.


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