Norfolk State University’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program is the first such initiative at an HBCU. Mrs. Edith White, president of the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. (ULHR), working with our students explored the feasibility of starting a customer-service business in the Hampton Roads area. The objective is to provide job training and employment opportunities locally while profitably serving businesses nationwide.
Dr. Macki Sissoko, director of the Hodge Center said, “Having an executive of Ms. White’s stature interacting with our students was of immense help to these young people as they continued to learn about and explore the world’s opportunities.” Dr. Steven Papamarcos, dean of NSU’s School of Business commented, “We are incredibly grateful to Ms. White and the Urban League. Experiential-learning, such as that provided by the EIRP, gives students so many advantages, including the opportunity to interface with an actual client; develop creative and critical thinking skills; refine interpersonal skills; and build confidence. And it does all of this while providing a valuable service to the community. Simply stated, social entrepreneurship is something Norfolk State understands and embraces. We’re proud to add to that tradition.”