This dynamic event will bring together thought and action leaders dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion efforts at HBCUs for a two-day summit held at Alcorn State University. Through powerful panels and presentations as well as networking opportunities, the summit will promote best practices in the field and establish a strong network of change agents. Stay tuned for more information!
For sophomore Danyell Mitchell, college was not always an option. As a youth growing up in foster care in Cleveland, Ohio, she had little or no guidance about how to get into college, let alone pay for it. Even the application process proved daunting. “College was not an option in my head because I knew I couldn’t afford it,” said Mitchell. But in the back of her mind was a nagging desire to become the first in her family to attend.
Alcorn is leading a new effort of inclusion and diversity among four-year historically black colleges and universities, a novel concept within a culture created to advance education and opportunity in response to Jim Crow and segregated higher education in the south.
As an expansion of the “No Means Know” campaign initiated in October to generate awareness of sexual violence and to engage students in fostering a safe and inclusive campus environment, the Office of Educational Equity and Inclusion at Alcorn State University hosted the Bravest Man Pageant on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.
Some would say Morehouse College consists of a homogeneous demographic though it regularly boasts of having an aura of diversity that is often ignored from the outside looking in. This realization of diversity has taken new form as the gay/straight alliance and student advocacy group, SafeSpace, through the hard work of Dr. Michael Hodge of the sociology department, has officially received the green light to launch a special topics course on Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and culture to be offered for credit Spring 2013.
From their inception, HBCUs have always been open to all qualified individuals who desired access to higher education. This site celebrates the exceptional educational experiences and opportunities provided to diverse students, highlighting the benefits of inclusion for Black and non-Black students attending HBCUs. If you currently or have ever attended or worked at an HBCU, you understand the uniquely rewarding [...]
Today, Alcorn State University received the first annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a winner of the HEED award—a national award honoring U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—Alcorn will be featured along with other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s December 2012 issue. Indeed, Alcorn stands as the only HBCU institution and 4-year university in Mississippi to be honored with this award.
November 15, 2012 in News
On Thursday, October 27th, HRC held the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) LGBT Student Leadership and Career Summit. The program is a four day Summit for student leaders to develop our personal leadership and career skills. I arrived from Norfolk State University, not knowing what to expect. I met 28 other students I had never known from 13 different HBCU’s across the country. Attending the Summit has transformed and connected my heart and my mind. I learned so many things from so many different people. We spent four days: thinking, speaking, analyzing, feeling, breathing, hearing, observing, laughing, dancing, smiling, sleeping, eating, identifying, piecing, growing, loving, and being… together. We found the power of love and how it liberates, not binds one’s spirit. We grew to love one another’s hearts, minds, and souls wholly; separating the judgments of each other from the judgments of ourselves.
November 15, 2012 in News
Paul Quinn College, in Texas, recently announced that its number of Latino applicants has increased by over 300 percent. Alcorn State University, in Mississippi, recently hired a white coach for its football team. A few years ago, Morehouse College, in Atlanta, had a white valedictorian. St. Philip’s College, in Texas, is the only college in the nation that is designated by the federal government as both an HBCU and a Hispanic Serving Institution. Is the landscape changing at many of the nation’s HBCU’s?