CBCF’s Policy Initiatives Examine Health, Education, the Environment and Economy During the 45th Annual Legislative Conference

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Center for Policy Analysis and Research presents Future Focus Series

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) will host a series of sessions on STEM education, HIV/AIDS, diversity in technology, and environmental sustainability as part of its 45th Annual Legislative Conference, taking place Sept. 16 – 20 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

“During our 45-milestone year for the ALC, we will focus heavily on the disparities and inequities that hinder progress for African Americans,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of the CBCF. “Through our Center for Policy Analysis and Research, we are is committed to ensuring that our community and policy makers are focused on ways to achieve parity in STEM careers, healthcare and education.”

The Future Focus sessions, as the series is called, aligns with CPAR’s New Horizon’s key focus areas in STEM education and employment, minority business development and entrepreneurship, maximizing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, environmental sustainability in black communities, national agenda on poverty alleviation, and black voter mobilization.

Future Focus Series Session Titles:

Overcoming the Odds: STEM Education and College Completion for African Americans. This session takes place on Friday, Sept. 18 at 11:00 a.m.

Diversity in Tech: Why Increasing African American Representation in the Technology Industry is Necessary for Economic Growth and Opportunity. The session takes place Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m.

Environmental Sustainability in Black Communities: Increasing African American Awareness on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and the Green Economy. The session takes place Sept. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

25 to Life: Documentary Screening
This award-winning documentary will tell the story of a young man’s struggle and burden of living with HIV and disclosing his status. A discussion will follow with the filmmakers and HIV experts. The film will be shown Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m.



The ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. The ALC features more than 70 public policy forums on health, education, economic empowerment, the environment, civic engagement, and the Exhibit Showcase. Signature events include the National Town Hall, Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts, Gospel Extravaganza, Black Party, Prayer Breakfast, and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner.

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