A 20-year-old junior student at Bowie State University has been named by President Joe Biden to the President’s Advisory Council on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the White House announced Thursday.
Paige Blake, originally from Prince George’s County, is majoring in biology and following a pre-medical track. She plans to go to medical school and study neurology to help others with spina bifida and other neurological conditions, according to a biography posted on the White House website. When Blake was 4, he was diagnosed with sacral agenesis, a form of spina bifida.
Blake uses her personal experience to help advocate for others, according to her biography, by organizing fundraisers with her Girl Scout troop to send medical supplies to countries overseas and working with the Congressional Black Caucus and former President Barack Obama’s White House initiative on African Americans. Excellence in advocating for students with disabilities.
Blake is among nine men and nine women Biden is appointing to the Advisory Board of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Several HBCU presidents, the chairman of United Airlines, actor Taraji P. Henson, NBA player Chris Paul and the first black woman to become an administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency are among Biden’s picks.
The board will advance the goal of the HBCU Initiative, established by the Carter Administration, to increase HBCUs’ ability to provide the highest quality education to its students and continue to serve as engines of opportunity.
The White House said the administration has committed $5.8 billion to support these historically black colleges and universities through a combination of pandemic relief funding, grants and improvement debt forgiveness. fixed assets.
Javaune Adams-Gaston, president of Norfolk State University, Virginia’s largest HCBU, was also named to the board. Adams-Gaston previously worked at the University of Maryland in a variety of positions, including psychologist, associate dean for academic affairs, assistant director of athletics, equity administrator, and graduate faculty member.
Maryland’s HBCUs, in addition to Bowie State, are Morgan State University and Coppin State University in Baltimore and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at Princess Anne in Somerset County.