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Columbus, Ohio
HBCU Connect, First Fridays Columbus, and Distinguished Alumni will play host to the Midwest HBCU Weekend in Columbus, Ohio from August 2nd - August 4th. The Midwest HBCU Weekend promises to provide diverse entertainment, quality networking and educational events for the many African Americans who attended and/or graduated from a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). The weekend events will cater to a professional crowd and play host to HBCU Alumni and Friends from Ohio and the surrounding states.

The vast majority of HBCU alums who live in the Midwest attended HBCUs that are in the Southeastern United States. For those graduates, attending their alma mater's annual homecoming celebration in the fall may be their lone opportunity to reconnect with friends, fellowship and take part in high-quality networking activities. As graduates of HBCUs (Clark Atlanta University, Tuskegee University and Hampton University), Ohio residents and seasoned professionals, we understand the value of bringing that Southern HBCU experience, culture and fellowship to the Midwest.

The action-packed Midwest HBCU Weekend will take place in the fast-growing and centrally located city of Columbus, Ohio, with events at six of the city's finest venues.




Cigars & Cocktails Kick-Off Event
When: Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 from 5pm to 10pm
Where: Avalon | 205 North 5th St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

The weekend kicks off on Thursday August 2nd with Cigars & Cocktails which will be a laid-back mix of music, cocktails and cigars. Pipes and Pleasures will be your host for the evening providing a broad array of cigar options. Whether you're a first timer or an aficionado, we've got you covered. It all takes place from 5pm to 10pm at Avalon.





HBCU CONNECT Professional Networking & Recruitment Reception
When: Friday, August 3rd, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center | 350 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

HBCU CONNECT and some of the nation's best companies looking to hire diverse talent will be hosting a professional networking reception designed to bring together corporate recruiters with professional talent (YOU). This event will be held at the Hyatt Downtown Columbus from 5 pm to 8 pm. The Networking & Recruitment Reception is FREE to attend, but remember to register and submit a resume to us on our recruitment reception registration page by July 31st. Hors d'oeuvres and two free drink tickets for the first 100 attendees to register for the reception.





Distinguished Alumni Happy Hour
When: Friday, August 3rd, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm
Where: Granero Lounge | 51 Vine St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

Mules and Mojitos happy hour will be held at Granero Lounge in Columbus' Short North District. Happy Hour begins at 4 pm and goes until 8 pm. Drink and food specials are on tap.





First Fridays - HBCU Midwest Edition
When: Friday, August 3rd, 2018 from 9pm to 2:30am
Where: COPIUS | 520 South High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

First Fridays is hosting HBCU Alumni from across the Midwest. In addition to welcoming the National Urban League Gala, the After party will be at Copious. Get ready for three levels of entertainment, 3 DJs, a live band and cigar bar. VIP area available, and we will be hosting our special guest employers from our recruitment reception, so you'll be in good company for networking and enjoying the evening in a great atmosphere!





The Represent Day Party - hosted by the Omegas
When: Saturday, August 4th, 2018 from 3pm to 8pm
Where: Club XO | 40 E. Long St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

This Day Party hosted by the Omegas will provide an opportunity to wear your favorite HBCU Gear featuring your HBCU, Fraternity/Sorority, City or Loved one. It is going down at Club XO's "Sky Room" fully equipped with retractable roof and patio. Club XO is the place to be from 3pm to 8pm.





Kappa Summer Soiree - All White Affair
When: Saturday, August 4th, 2018 from 9pm to 2am
Where: The River Club (aka Boat Club) @ Confluence Park | 679 W. Spring St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

Kappa Alpha Psi Columbus Alumni Chapter is hosting The Kappa Summer Soiree "All White Affair" at the legendary River Club (Boat House / Confluence Park). The big show is going down with 6 rooms of entertainment along with the hottest patio party in the city from 9pm to 2am.


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