Participants at the inaugural HBCU AccessFest, hosted by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the Woodruff Arts Center.

In Tuesday’s (9/19) Atlanta Daily World, Johnathan Husbands writes, “The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra hosted the inaugural HBCU [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] AccessFest at Woodruff Arts Center, which allowed young adults to explore opportunities in higher education at HBCUs, develop their career paths, and build their networks…. The HBCU College Fair allowed students to speak with recruiters and find out what they need when it comes to applying to institutions like Howard University, Spelman College, Savannah State University, Tennessee State University, and Florida A&M, to name a few. The career fair featured a variety of companies … such as Aspire TV, Delta Airlines, Atlanta Braves, Truist Bank, UPS, and The Woodruff Arts Center, to provide young adults with the opportunity to gain insight into their desired industries…. ADW spoke with Brandi Hoyos, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, about what brought AccessFest together. Hoyos shared, ‘We wanted to engage HBCUs and invest back into Atlanta…. You belong, and we want to invest in you.’… The inaugural AccessFest was a huge success that capped off the evening with a block party.”