Dr. Larry J. Walker is a researcher and HBCU advocate. Previously, he was selected as a Congressional Fellow with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. As a fellow, he collaborated with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on an array of education, labor and funding issues. In addition, he served as the Legislative Director for former Congressman Major R. Owens. During Dr. Walker’s tenure on Capitol Hill he supervised the legislative staff, worked on amendments to the Higher Education Act (HEA), and fought for additional funding for HBCUs. Last year, Dr. Walker was invited by Congressman Robert “Bobby” Scott, Ranking Member, Committee on Education and the Workforce to moderate a discussion, A Legacy of Excellence: Examining the Unique Role HBCUs Will Play in the 21st Century Economy. Dr. Walker is a frequent contributor for HBCU Lifestyle and The HBCU Nation Radio Show. He is the co-editor of a book, How the Obama Presidency Changed the Political Landscape, which deconstructs a variety of important issues including voting rights, shifting demographics and education.
Dr. Walker’s research on HBCUs was published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Ebony.com, and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Moreover, he is the author/coauthor of journal articles and book chapters accepted or in press on HBCUs and a variety of other important topics. For example, Dr. Walker is the co-editor of a book titled, Graduate Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A Student Perspective which examines the experiences of students from public and private HBCUs. Recently, he co-authored a book chapter, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Role in Preparing Professional Students for the Global Workforce. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Cheyney University Foundation and Maryland New Directions.
Dr. Walker is a Cheyney University alumni (class of 1996) and member of the National Alumni Association. Cheyney provided Dr. Walker with the opportunity to serve the campus community through a myriad of activities. For example, he served as the Vice-President of the Student Government Cooperative Association and a Student Representative on the Council of Trustees. Dr. Walker was selected as a Legislative Fellow by the Bipartisan Management Committee to work on policy issues in Harrisburg. The fellowship experience influenced his decision to work on Capitol Hill. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.