President Barack Obama kicks of National Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Week going on from October 23 through 29. The week recognizes the important contributions of America’s HBCUs

In his proclamation, Obama said HBCUs help ensure that all members of American families have access to higher education and highlighted the contributions graduates of HBCUs have made to the nation.

“Embodying the notion that the ability to pursue a higher education should be an opportunity available to all, rather than a privilege for a few, these campuses were built from a determination to widely and profoundly expand the reach of our country’s promise,” he said.

The 2016 HBCU Week conference is taking place this week in at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, Va. This year’s conference is focusing on STEM, responding to the needs of non-traditional students and responding to issues of diversity and inclusion.

The White House Initiative on HBCUs (WHIHBCUs) recently announced a partnership with Peace Corps and several other federal agencies to launch a two week tour of HBCUs across the East Coast that will inform students about opportunities to live, learn, and work with communities overseas.

As part of the tour, the Peace Corps will travel across eight states in the Peace Car to join the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and USAID in speaking with students, faculty and graduates about international service at 15 HBCU campuses.

During the tour, the Peace Corps will join administrators at Savannah State University on October 31 to officially launch the university’s Peace Corps Prep program.

To keep track of its travels at Howard University and Savannah State University, follow the Peace Corps on Snapchat at the username peacecorps.