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Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Maryland Doubles Down on Discrimination in Higher Education

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 01.19.2016 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Against the backdrop of the growing 'Black Lives Matter' movement on campuses and in communities around the country, Maryland is doubling down on its insistence that black people should only learn and thrive within a warped vision of diversity and assimilation.

Alabama Governor's Attack on HBCUs Must Be Stopped

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and his witch hunt tactics on public HBCUs in his state is not something we should sit back and take. It's something that deserves massive public inquiry, lawsuits, boycotts, and whatever else we can throw at the power of his office and the ill-intent of his actions.

It's Time to Ask Uncomfortable Questions About HBCU Campus Violence

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 11.05.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

HBCUs are vulnerable to crime just as any other neighborhood, college campus, office building, or public space. When violence occurs on predominantly white campuses, it's typically covered in the vein of "one crazy person going berserk and shooting up as many people as possible."

Board Chair Controversies Show Volatility of HBCU Political Climate

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 10.27.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Successful HBCU governance is built on the careful composition of what boards want, and what campuses need. Anything outside of that is a presidential firing, or chairman ouster waiting to happen.

Black, Gifted and Whole: Celebrating the Brilliance and Resilience of Black Gay Men

George M. Johnson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Black Voices
George M. Johnson

Black Gifted and Whole is a revolutionary attempt to change the narrative of Black gay men across the world.

Dear Matthew Gates: Thanks For Being Revolutionary

Brian Stewart | Posted 09.25.2015 | College
Brian Stewart

Whether you believe it or not, your decision to own and share your truth has already inspired someone else to do the same. Like yourself, I was raised in a black household, in a black neighborhood, and attended a black church. Like yourself, my experience at my HBCU was bittersweet.

What It's Like To Be Gay At A Historically Black University

Matthew Gates | Posted 09.18.2015 | College
Matthew Gates

Being gay at my HBCU is a bittersweet experience for me. Since birth I was raised with the mentality to be "The Man." I was taught to not pursue anything that "threatened" my masculinity. Coming out wasn't an easy road, but in retrospect I wouldn't change a thing.

Rufus Montgomery is the Enemy Within the Gates at FAMU

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Is Rufus Montgomery someone that Famuans want representing their highest levels of leadership and governance?

Presidential Hopefuls' Higher Ed Plans May Close HBCUs

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Everyone should want debt-free education, but no one - especially African-Americans and those living in HBCU communities - should want the plans forwarded by this slate of candidates to be the higher education solution.

Struggles of HBCUs Are Bigger Signs of Racism Than Confederate Flag

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 06.26.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Removing the flag doesn't remove the response to its call. And the sooner we realize that symbols pale in comparison to the spirit and substance of racism, the better off we'll be in preserving our own dignity and freedom.

HBCU Alumni to Race Against Health Disparities in Black Communities

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 06.25.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Every year, the DC HBCU Alumni Alliance 5K Run and Community Health and Wellness Fair holds an annual race that serves as a summertime gathering for friends connected by the HBCU experience, and raises scholarship money for students who will attend black colleges in the fall.

Historically Black University Accused Of Reverse Racism In New Lawsuits

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices

Three former employees at North Carolina Central University are accusing the historically black university and its prominent chancellor, Debra Saunder...

How Viable are Historically Black Colleges and Universities?

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

With increasing frequency, when people in my friendship circle discover that I am a retired HBCU chancellor, they want to know three things. First, since white colleges and universities no longer have racially restrictive admission policies, are HBCUs still necessary?

Flames of Protest Should Spark Fire for HBCU Advocacy, Productivity

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

HBCUs offer opportunity where none typically exists for students and families seeking higher education. If black institutions don't matter, it won't be long before the black lives they were designed to serve also fall into the abyss of perceived irrelevance.

Black Fortune 500 Executives, HBCU Leaders Meet to Discuss Partnerships

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

The Executive Leadership Council recently held its annual winter general membership meetings, with a focus on sustainability and growth for historically black colleges and universities.

Advocating for HBCUs

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 05.02.2015 | College
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Advocacy alone has limited value. Institutions must be led by competent executives and they must produce graduates with a credential that has value in the market place. HBCUs do not deserve support just because of their existence; they deserve the support of their alumni because of what they have done, are doing and are capable of doing.

Why HBCUs Have to Harvest Philanthropy From Pettiness

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 05.02.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Too many of us have not been good to our HBCUs, but time and dwindling resources are moving faster than our own individual maturity. And for the HBCUs which need the support, the time for harvest is now; even from unyielding crops like me.

Flair for the Dramatic Is Necessity for HBCU Development

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

When HBCU leaders decide that they want to break the mold, they have to go so far beyond the norm, that its almost appears like a stunt. But its not a stunt; it truly is what must be done for a campus to gain a foothold in changing public perceptions and attracting more resources.

Howard University Changed My Life

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.25.2015 | College
Frank H. Wu

I taught for a decade at its law school in northwest Washington, D.C., as the first Asian-American law professor there. More than any academic study could have done, my time at Howard illuminated for me the prejudices I held despite myself, and the privileges I'd enjoyed while barely noticing them. I learned more than I taught.

South Carolina State University Stakeholders Must Get on the Right Side of History, Together

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Alumni and students of South Carolina State University have made good on their promise of bringing hell to the state for threatening closure against their institution.

Vote of Closure for SC State: A Warning Shot for the Ages

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

South Carolina State University will find it nearly impossible to recover from Tuesday's vote by the South Carolina House Ways and Means Subcommittee to close the university for one year while all leadership and students are swept out of its doors.

The Enduring Relevance of HBCUs in America

Herron Keyon Gaston | Posted 03.23.2015 | College
Herron Keyon Gaston

The question that must be asked is can HBCUs fiscally manage in these turbulent and uncertain times and still remain relevant as many state legislatures have continued to decrease funding to institutions of higher education?

State of the Union Student Invitees Snub HBCUs

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 03.23.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

The optics are no longer important for HBCUs to the Obama Administration; even White House Initiative Deputy Director Ivory Toldson has doubled-down on the "value" of giving more students more money to attend schools other than HBCUs.

Why the U.S. College Landscape Still Needs HBCUs

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

It's no secret that Black and other non-white students in the U.S. have always faced an uphill struggle when it comes to education. Even today, the achievement gap between white students and their peers of color is wide.

Obama's Free College Plan Is Not An 'Attack' On HBCUs

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices

Last week, President Obama stirred quite a bit of controversy when he announced a plan to make two years of college free for American students who mai...