HBCU Week at Suite Four

Join us to celebrate HBCUs during North Carolina's Countdown to College Application Week! Presented by Virtue Events, we are partnering with Durham Success Summit, APlus Test Prep, and Knox St. Studios to bring HBCU Week to Suite Four.

We have four unique events planned for the week - all curated by Black-Owned Businesses - with something for everyone! Events feature a powerful talk with an HBCU historian, college prep essentials for youth (with free pizza!), a special edition of our Smolder & Spirits Cigar Night, and a career pathways workshop. You don’t want to miss it!

All events are free and open to the public! Details below.

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Career Interest Pathways Workshop:
How to Strategically Prepare for Your Future

with Selena Haggins of Knox St. Studios

MONDAY, Oct. 18, 5-7pm
The LOFT @ Suite Four

Knox St. Studios is joining us for HBCU Week to bring a career interest workshop to young adults getting ready to enter the career world. Not sure about what job you want to apply for? Or what career path to go down? Have a unique skill set, but aren't sure how to apply it? This workshop is made for you!

In a world of accelerated change, young adults need the right mix of skills to thrive. Access to information is increasing, and memorizing facts is less important today than in the past. Although academic and technical skills remain essential, they are not sufficient to foster thoughtful, productive, and engaged citizens. Young people everywhere need to develop a greater breadth of skills to evaluate and apply knowledge in ways that meet the new demands of our changing social and economic landscape. This workshop aims to help you strategically prepare for your future by exploring your career interests and unique skill set to discover what career pathways you're most interested in exploring.

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More About Selena Haggins

Selena Haggins (Executive Director @ Knox St. Studio’s + CEO of Consult Selena) leads Knox Street Studios' educational and entrepreneurship  program strategy and defining programs to inspire, empower, and guide young people in minority communities to reach their full potential. Haggins oversees the daily operations and on-going evaluation of Knox St. Studios' programs and initiatives.As an experienced educator and consultant committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions to advance K-12 educational outcomes.

Selena holds an M.Ed. from the University of South Florida, a BA from Temple University, and a certification in Instructional Design. She serves as an education blogger for TeacherVision and Learning Experience Education Consult. She enjoys reading fiction fantasy novels, yoga, spending time in nature, and working with youth and young adults.

College Prep Essentials
Sponsored by Marcos Pizza

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 5-7pm
The Warehouse @ Suite Four

APlus Test Prep and Durham Success Summit have partnered to bring college application essentials to the youth of Durham. High school students are invited to attend to get tips for taking their SAT/ACT tests and to learn best practices for writing their college essay. Sponsored by Marcos Pizza - come early to grab a slice of pizza, a drink, and to connect with other Durham youth. High school students are also invited to bring their college essay or resume in to have Durham Success Summit review them for free!

Doors open at 4:30pm for pizza and networking.

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NC Countdown to College

NC Countdown to College is a great opportunity for students that are ready to apply for college to get their applications in, as most universities around the state waive application fees during the third week of October (including NCCU, NCAT, Saint Augustine, & Shaw!). To support that, Durham Success Summit has offered to review college essays and resumes for anyone who drops them off during the week. Take advantage of this special opportunity by attending College Prep Essentials on October 19th (details above)!
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The History of HBCUs: How HBCUs Have Changed the World

with Dr. Toya Corbett

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 6-8pm
The Warehouse @ Suite Four

We are excited to have Historian Dr. Toya Corbett join us to speak about HBCUs - their history and the power that lies within. Dr. Corbett is an advocate of equity, diversity and access in higher education. As a trained historian, scholar and student affairs professional, she has spoken at numerous conferences, workshops and seminars, and we are humbled to have her at Suite Four! This event is open to everyone - HBCU grad or not - and we hope you’ll join us for a memorable evening learning about the power of HBCUs.

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More About Dr. Toya Corbett

Dr. Toya Corbett, an advocate of equity, diversity and access in higher education is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs for the University of North Carolina System Office. Prior to this, she served in several key administrative roles at North Carolina Central University impacting campus life as the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students and as the Executive Director of Student Engagement and Leadership. Earlier in Dr. Corbett's career, she was the Coordinator for the Office of Student Activities at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. While at Morgan State, she was named one of the top 50 Women under 40 in Maryland. Before diving into student affairs, Toya spent five years in the corporate office of Wachovia, now Wells Fargo in Charlotte, North Carolina.

As a trained historian, scholar and student affairs professional, Dr. Corbett has spoken at numerous conferences, workshops and seminars. Additionally, she has curated historical exhibits and published a book titled, The Morgan State University Women: The First Sixty Years, 1934-1994. Toya is also an entrepreneur who conducts dining etiquette training and career coaching as “The Etiquette Doctor” and she owns a t-shirt company called Black Genius Apparel, LLC. Dr. Corbett is a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she actively serves in the Sigma Tau Omega chapter. Toya has served on the International Board of Directors for the sorority and several national committees. Currently, she is a member of the board of directors for WomenNC, a non-profit organization dedicated to women’s equality.

After completing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Corbett earned a Master of Arts in African American Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy in History, both from Morgan State University.

Smolder & Spirits:
Rep Your Crew, HBCU Edition

Thursday, Oct. 21, 5-10pm
The Patio @ Suite Four

We have a special Smolder & Spirits Cigar Night planned for October 21st! Join us on The Patio at Suite Four to rep your HBCU gear and support your favorite school. As always, we’ll have drinks from Bartending Unlimited, cigars for purchase from Sticks & Vines, and our usual smoldering vibe, with a twist!

This week, a portion of all funds given to support the weekly event will be donated to the HBCU that reps their gear the most that night. All you have to do is wear your gear, donate to the Virtue Events CashApp with a note of what HBCU you’re supporting, and we’ll do the rest. If you want to see your school win, make sure to bring your crew and rep your HBCU!

If you can't make it, but still want to donate, you are welcome to do that! Our CashApp is $virtueevents.

We are excited to have Gator on the Grill join us as our Food Truck for the event. Stop by to grab some dinner, drinks, and stay awhile!

A reminder that if you’re a regular attendee, please bring your own chair to relax in! We’ve been running out of seats lately and want to ensure y’all are comfortable.

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