June-July 2020
Top Story

Supreme Court Blocks Attempt to End DACA

The Supreme Court of the United States blocked the Trump administration's attempt to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Court ruled the move violated the Administrative Procedure Act, thereby remanding the matter back to the Department of Homeland Security. The case reflects the disparate views on how to handle the presence of so-called Dreamers, people brought to this country illegally when they were minors. Whereas, Regents of the University of California and the State of New York challenged the legality of ending DACA, a Texas lawsuit challenged the legality of the program itself. The wind down would have eliminated work authorizations and financial aid eligibility for thousands of Dreamers, including those attending HBCUs. Read about it on the Inside Higher ED website.

Other News

States Push Back

The Department of Education's rule restricting student access to CARES ACT emergency funds is under fire. Courts in Washington and California blocked the Department from enforcing it. The rule excluded several groups from eligibility including: students enrolled in exclusively online programs on March 13, 2020, students who have defaulted on student loans, veterans on the GI Bill, students who had made insufficient academic progress, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients, and some of the participants in the Second Chance Pell program. In an apparent rebuke, the mayor of Chicago said her city will distribute its own cash to undocumented students and others blocked from receiving federal emergency aid. Read about it on the Washington Post website.


High Court Rules on Sex Discrimination

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ employees from discrimination. In doing so, the high court has redefined its definition of sex to encompass both gender identity and sexual orientation. It is believed the ruling will impact the Department of Education's Title IX rules. Read about it on the Inside Higher Ed  website.


States Move to Block Title IX

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia filed two lawsuits aimed at blocking updated Title IX rules from going into effect August 14, 2020. Read about it on the Bloomberg website.


Pandemic Worsens Racial Inequities in Education

The pandemic and economic recession has impacted low-income and minority families disproportionately, making it more difficult for them to afford college. Former Education Secretary, John B. King, Jr., called upon Congress to double the size of Pell Grants and forgive some student debt. Dr. Logan Hampton, president of Lane College, made a similar case before a Senate committee earlier this month. Congressman Bobby Scott, chair of the House's Committee on Education and Labor held a hearing on the pandemic and worsening inequities. Dr. Makola Abdullah, president of Virginia State University, also appealed to Congress on behalf of land grant HBCUs. Read about it on the NBC12 website.


Mixed Views on Fall Plans

The Chronicle of Higher Education is keeping a list of colleges and universities' plans for the fall. Reopening, complicated by the sheer number of variables that need to be considered, is even more difficult for HBCUs. Dr. Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College addressed some of the dangers in an article in the Atlantic. In the HBCU Digest, Dr. Roslyn Artis maintained that after weighing the risks, reopening was the correct option to offer students who face housing and food insecurity and lack internet access and computers. Read about it on the Chronicle of Higher Education website.


Jurisdiction Over Religious Colleges Clarified

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has adopted a three-part test to determine when it has jurisdiction over religious schools. If the college or university holds itself out to the public as a religious institution, is nonprofit, and has a religious affiliation, the NLRB will assume no jurisdiction. This supersedes using consideration of the role faculty played in creating or maintaining the institution's religious environment. Using the new criteria, some recent complaints are likely to go unheard. Read about it on the JD Supra website.


Expansion of Agricultural Work

West Virginia State University has begun demolition and rehabilitation of the former West Virginia Rehabilitation Center in Institute, West Virginia. The University acquired the property in 2014. It will house its Agricultural and Environmental Research Station and Extension Service. The University is expanding programs focusing on agricultural science, agribusiness, and agricultural economics. Read about it on the West Virginia State University  website.


CARES Act Unfair to Minority-Serving Institutions

An analysis by Excelencia in Education found the formula used to distribute Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds was unfair to institutions that enroll higher percentage of part-time students. Roughly half the students at Hispanic-serving institutions are enrolled part-time. Read about it on the Inside Higher Ed  website.


Portal Opened for Gift Reporting

The Department of Education launched an online portal for institutions of higher education to report foreign gifts and contracts. Several institutions are under investigation for underreporting. A recent report authorized by congress found most universities were compliant in record keeping, tracking, and reporting and addressing violations, but needed guidance in areas like training, risk assessment, and internal audits. The portal is intended to facilitate compliance. Read about it on the Federal Student Aid  website.


Partnership to Address Health Disparities

In association with American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Howard University is developing tech solutions to address elder health care needs in medically underserved communities. The Howard University College of Medicine's 1867 Health Innovations Project and the AARP Innovation Labs will focus on the needs of individuals who have chronic health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, genetic disorders, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. Read about it on the Howard University  website.


HBCU Important to COVID Recovery

Dillard, Xavier, and Southern University at New Orleans were featured in a Kresge Foundation website article on the importance of HBCUs in New Orleans' COVID-19 recovery. Read about it on the Kresge Foundation  website.


Foundations Will Support Higher ED

Five foundations have agreed to commit $1,700,000,000 to support nonprofits including institutions of higher education. The participating foundations are: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the W. K.  Kellogg Foundation, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. They have pledged to help nonprofits, which have been hit hard by a decline in contributions. Read about it on the Diverse Issues in Higher Education  website.


Kentucky Institutions Form Alliance

Simmons College and Kentucky State University signed a letter of intent committing to cooperate on degree programs, asset mapping, community resource development, and athletic initiatives. Recently, the institutions were tapped to assist the state recruit black teachers. Read about it on the Courier Journal  website.


Borrowers Sue DeVos and Mnuchin

A class action law suit was filed against Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. At issue is the continued seizure of student loan borrower's tax refunds during the pandemic in spite of orders from Congress and the president to stop. Read about it on the Forbes  website.


Students Sue NCAA

Counsel representing student-athletes advised congress not to grant The NCAA an antitrust exemption. They also filed an antitrust suit against the NCAA seeking to strike down the organization's anti-compensation rule and secure damages for past NIL use without compensation. Read about it on the Pew Charitable Trusts  website.


Mississippi Flag Gone
In response to college athletes' formal request, the NCAA had revised its policy to prevent championship events from being played in states where the confederate flag is displayed prominently. However, it wasn't until Kylin Hill vowed he would not play until the flag was removed that the legislature voted to remove the flag. Read about it on the Mississippi Today website.

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Grants, Gifts, & Awards

Income Sharing for HBCU Students 

Vista Equity Partners CEO, Robert F. Smith, announced the development of an income sharing agreement program for HBCU students. The Student Freedom Initiative will lend money to students in the STEM fields. Borrower repayment will be income-based. The program launches in 2021 with initial funding from Fund II Foundation. Read about it on the Inside Higher ED  website.


Foundation's Grants Will Support Students 

The Andrew W. Mellon foundation awarded two grants to Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). The JCSU Cultural Studies programs will receive $500,000 to expand courses in Africana, cultural, gender, and global studies. An additional $110,000 will be distributed as emergency grants to support students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation also awarded $110,000 to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania to assist in supporting its returning students.


Financial Boost for Spring Grads

Frank and Laura Day Baker announced a $1,000,000 gift to Spelman College to establish a scholarship for graduates. The initial award will be put toward paying spring semester tuition balances for almost 50 graduating seniors. Read about it on the Spelman College  website.


Excellence in Research Awards

National Science Foundation's HBCU program granted a $929,241 three-year award to Florida A&M University School of the Environment Professor Henry Neal Williams, Ph.D. The award supports a multi-institutional investigation into the effect that predatory microorganisms have on other populations of bacteria. Professor Williams, the lead investigator, will work with researchers from Florida State and Virginia Union Universities and with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Read about it on the Florida A&M University website.


Data Science Scholarship

Fisk University and Asurion announced the launch of a data science scholarship program. The Asurion Data Science Scholarship at Fisk will provide $10,000 annual scholarships, internships, mentoring, and academic development opportunities. Read about it on the Fisk University website.


Restoration Effort Advances

Phase II of rehabilitation of Livingstone University's historic Andrew Carnegie Library will resume this month. The work includes an HVAC upgrade that will facilitate the preservation of key African American archives and memorabilia. The work is funded through a grant from the National Park Service's Historic Preservation Fund. Read about it on the Livingstone University website.

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To the Rescue 

HBCUs of all sizes are partnering with government, private businesses and foundations to assist students and provide testing, food, and other services to their communities in the wake of the pandemic. Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is running a mobile testing site in South Los Angeles. In addition to working on an antiviral drug, Meharry Medical College runs three testing centers. Howard University College of Medicine is providing testing for D.C.'s underserved neighborhoods. Florida A&M University processes hundreds of COVID-19 tests per day at its stadium in Tallahassee. Alabama State University opened a testing site to ensure residents of nearby William B. Paterson Court Housing Community have access to testing. Delaware State University galvanized alumni, community leaders, and corporate partners to provide food, computers, and financial assistance to students in need of help. Paul Quinn College extended its community outreach and is offering food assistance and COVID testing in Dallas, an area of Texas hit hard by the virus.


Scholar Honored 

Dr. Michelle Samuel-Foo has been named a Founders Memorial Award winner. The award is one of the highest bestowed by the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Samuel-Foo is a member of the faculty at Alabama State University. She will receive the award at the ESA's annual meeting. Read about it on the Alabama State University website.


Alumni Celebrated

Jackson State university announced that two of its alumni, educator Dr. Walter L. Reed and actress, Ms. Mara Hall will be inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame this fall. Reed has served as an educator, administrator, coach, and athletic director over his career. In addition to working as an actress, Hall has served as a teacher, writer, producer, and musician. They will be officially inducted in September in Atlanta. Read about it on the Jackson State University website.


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Item:  Rules That Go Into Effect July 1, 2020

Rule 1:  Gainful Employment Regulations Rescinded

Rule 2:  Institutional Accountability (Borrower Defense)

Rule 3:  Accreditation and State Authorization


Item:  New Title IX Rule

Date:  Effective August 14, 2020
Info:  Includes training, live hearing, and web publishing requirements

Campus-Based Funding for 2020-2021 Award Year

Info:  Information for Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study programs is available in PDF and Excel formats.


Item:  Sequester-Required Changes to the Direct Loan fees

  Loan fees for Direct Subsidized Loans and for Direct Unsubsidized Loans where the first disbursement is made on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2021 is 1.057%

→ Loan fees for Direct PLUS Loans where the first disbursement is made on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2021 is 4.228%

Note:  Institutions may begin submitting Direct Loan origination records to COD where the first disbursement will be on or after October 1, 2020. Previously submitted records will be corrected by the COD system


Item:  FY 21 Afghan Service Grants Reduction

Info:  An Iraq-Afghanistan Service Grant where the first disbursement is on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2021 requires a reduction of 5.7% from the award amount for which the student would otherwise have been eligible.

Note:  Records previously submitted with an anticipated first disbursement on or after October 1, 2020 will NOT be corrected by the COD system and schools will need to resubmit the correct award and disbursement amounts.


Item:  FY 21 TEACH Grants Reduction

Info:  A TEACH Grant where the first disbursement is on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2021 requires a reduction of 5.7% from the award amount for which the student would otherwise have been eligible.


Item:  Closeout Deadline for 2018-2019 Direct Loan Program

Date:  Friday, July 31, 2020


Item:  Interest rates for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans

Time:  First disbursed on or after July 1, 2020 and before July 1, 2021.

Info:  Fixed interest rate for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans for Undergraduate Students is 2.75%.

Info:  Fixed interest rate for Direct Unsubsidized Loans for Graduate and Professional Students is 4.30%.

Info:  Fixed interest rate for Direct PLUS Loans for Parents of Dependent Undergraduate Students and for Graduate or Professional Students is 5.30%.


Item:  Postponement of Student Loan Acknowledgement Requirement

Date:  Effective date for the Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement is postponed to 2021.


The Department of Education amended its coronavirus response as follows:

 Financial statement and compliance audit deadlines are extended six months.

 Accreditors are permitted to continue virtual evaluation visits through December 31, 2020.

 Institutions are permitted to continue their distance programs without satisfying the accreditation requirements through December 31, 2020.

 Through December 31, 2020. Institutions may accept a signed and dated statement from applicants in which they truthfully attests to secondary school completion or the equivalent.

 Deadlines for providing documentation and getting required approvals to establish institutional eligibility during change of ownership are extended six months.

 MCAT requirement waived for foreign graduate medical school admissions for students admitted to medical school during a year when the test was unavailable.

  The Department is aware that institutions receiving loans from the Small Business Administration through the PPP under §1102 of the CARES Act have an opportunity to have up to the full amount of the loan principal forgiven by meeting certain employment requirements. Therefore, as long as an estimate of the amount of forgiveness of PPP loan funds the institution expects to earn, or the actual amount of loan forgiveness provided is identified on an institution’s audited financial statements for the year in which the loan was received, and attested to by the institution’s auditor, the Department will exclude that portion of the PPP loan from total liabilities and increase the institution’s equity or net assets by that amount in calculating the institution’s composite score. See here for details.

 As directed in the PPP Interim Final Regulations, institutions of higher education must exclude work-study students when determining the number of employees for PPP loan eligibility and must also exclude payroll costs for FWS students from the calculation of payroll costs used to determine their PPP loan amount. See here for details.

 The institutional share match requirement for the Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs is waived for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 award years. An institution may reimburse itself from the FWS allocation for the nonfederal portion of wages paid to students on or after March 13, 2020. Likewise, an institution may, for all disbursements of FSEOG made on or after March 13, 2020, reimburse itself from the FSEOG allocation for the nonfederal portion of FSEOG awards contributed through a fund-specific match. Additionally, this section permits an institution to transfer up to 100 percent of its unexpended FWS allocation to FSEOG. See here for details.

 The requirement for term-based programs that a student returning from an approved leave of absence (LOA) must resume training at the same point in the academic program that he or she began the LOA is waived. See here for details.

 For the purposes of qualifying for R2T4 relief, an institution that moved to distance learning, closed campus housing or other campus facilities, or experienced other interruptions in instruction may consider all withdrawals from students enrolled in ground-based instruction during the covered period to have been the result of circumstances related to the COVID-19 national emergency. For institutions that did not undergo changes in educational delivery or campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 emergency, the institution will be required to obtain a written attestation (including by email or text messages) from the student explaining why the withdrawal was the result of the COVID-19 emergency. Institutions must also obtain written attestations from students who withdrew from distance education programs explaining why the withdrawal was the result of the COVID-19 emergency. See here for details.

 Institutions are allowed to exclude from the quantitative component of satisfactory academic progress attempted credits a student was unable to complete as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. See here for details.

 The statutory requirement for institutions to return Title IV funds as the result of student withdrawals related to a qualifying emergency is waived. See here for details.

 Student grant overpayments are waived but must be fully documented (perform an R2T4 calculation for each waiver). This will cancel disbursement of Direct Loans but will be excluded from subsidized loan usage and Pell Grant lifetime eligibility calculations. See here for details.

 A TEACH Grant recipient who was performing qualifying service that was interrupted due to the COVID-19 national emergency will receive credit for a full year of his or her service obligation.

 A short question and answer document regarding pass/fail and Satisfactory Academic Progress, selective service registration verification, record retention, and data security was made available.


Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Information

Item:  Overview (Home page)

Item:  Student Aid Portion of HEERF

Form:  Certificate of Agreement Form for HEERF Student Aid Portion

Info:  Student Aid Portion FAQ

Impt:  ED released Reporting Requirements for the Student Financial Aid portion of HEERF

Note:  Institutions must apply for the Student Aid Portion in order to qualify for the other HEERF grants.


Item:  Institutional Portion of HEERF

Form:  Certificate of Agreement Form for Institutional Portion

Info:   Institution Portion FAQ

Impt:  ED has not yet released reporting requirements for the Institutional Portion of HEERF.

Note:  The formula and the allocations are available.


Item:  HBCU Portion of HEERF

Info:   About the HBCU Portion

Form:  Certificate of Agreement Form for HBCU Portion

Note:  ED has provided a data table for determining the maximum amount of funding available to your institution

FYI:  This section of HEERF is applicable to HBCUs, Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions, and other institutions eligible for the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). They would use the same Certificate of Agreement Form.


Item:  Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Portion of HEERF

Info:   About the FIPSE Portion

Form:  Certificate of Agreement Form for FIPSE Portion

Note:  Allocations in data table for determining the maximum amount of funding available to your institution

FYI:  This section of HEERF is applicable to HBCUs, Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions, and other institutions eligible for the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). They would use the same Certificate of Agreement Form.

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Coppin State President Takes Office

Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins has begun his tenure as the University's eighth president. The former president of West Virginia State University said he will focus on improvements in five areas including expanding research and technology transfer opportunities. Read about it on the Coppin State University website.


President Named in Alabama

Dr. Eddie Hill has taken the reins from long-serving Selma University president, Dr. Alvin Cleveland. Dr. Hill is an experienced administrator, having served with the Alabama State Department of Education. Read about it on the Selma Times Journal website.


Provost Named in Maryland

Bowie State University named Dr. Carl Goodman provost and vice president for academic affairs. Goodman served as associate provost for academic affairs and student services at Florida A&M University. He will assume his position on July 6, 2020. Read about it on the Bowie State University website.


Texas University Names CFO

Prairie View A&M University named Cynthia Carter-Horn senior vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer. Carter-Horn returns to Prairie View after serving at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, where she was senior vice president for finance and administration. Read about it on the Prairie View A&M University website.


Nursing School Dean

Florida A&M University named Shelley Johnson, Ed. D., dean for the School of Nursing. Johnson has served in administrative capacity at Lincoln, Rutgers, Las Salle, and Chamberlain universities. She will begin her tenure on July 1, 2020. Read about it on the Florida A&M University website.


Sports Programs Announcements

Grambling State University named Merlene Aitken-Smith senior associate athletics director. Florida A&M University named Shalon Pillow head coach of the women's basketball program. Virginia Union named Tierra Terry as the head coach for the women's basketball program. Prairie View A&M University named Dr. Donald Reed director of athletics. Claflin University named Tony O'Neal director of intercollegiate athletics. NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association named Ashley Robinson president for the 2020-2021 membership year. Robinson is vice president and director of athletics at Jackson State University. He will be the first African-American to serve in that capacity. NCAA named 3 HBCU administrators to participate it its Pathway Program. Amy Olson, associate athletics director at Howard, Jacqueline Nicholson, associate athletic director at Albany State, and Trayvean Scott, deputy athletics director and chief operating officer for Souther University will 2020-2021 participate in the Pathway Program. The program focuses on preparing individuals for careers as athletic directors or conference commissioners.

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Audit Season Arrives

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Many conferences have been canceled or postponed until next year due to the pandemic. Verify the details of previously published events.


Event:  RNL Conference

Date:  July 8-9, 2020

Location:  Online

Info:  Registration


Event: Distance Learning Summit

Date: July 16, 2020

Location: Online

Information: Registration


Event: HBCU Africa Homecoming

Date: July 23-25, 2020

Location: Online

Information: Registration


Event: Annual HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference

Date: October 28-31, 2020

Location: Houston, Texas

Information: Registration


Event: Department of Education Addresses Privacy

Date:  On Demand

Location:  Online

Information:  Webinar on FERPA and Virtual Learning during the COVID-19 Emergency


Event:  The Global Pandemic and the HBCU

Date:  On Demand

Location:  Online

Information:  Recent additions include Leading Through COVID: Data, Resilience and Sustainability and a panel discussion on the post-pandemic future of the higher education business model.

WPG Special Report


Civil Rights to the Fore


Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible. —Maya Angelou

Perhaps because so many were furloughed, laid off, and schooling and working from home, throngs of people took to the streets to protest the horrific killing of George Floyd. It was not the first police killing caught on tape, not even the first one to occur during the pandemic, but the nauseatingly casual brutality was impossible to ignore.  It proved to be the proverbial straw.


Protests, some organized and others spontaneous occurred all over the nation, even in unlikely areas, where few minorities lived. Perhaps for the first time, the attention of the mainstream media focused not just on the incident, but on the systemic racism that caused it.  

Corporate America

This focus led to public disavowals of racism throughout corporate America. Some were tone deaf and others seemed calculated to avoid bad publicity or boycott. Others were backed up with financial pledges and concrete offers.  Black executives shared their experiences, often risking censure.  


On Campus

Although campuses avoided most of the protests, they could not escape scrutiny. Students and alumni scrutinized the statements of support  that many predominately white (PWI) college and university presidents published. One analyst went so far as to rate them. Several institutions scored zero.  


Collegiate Sports

As student athletes returned to campus, racism in collegiate sports, a billion-dollar industry, moved into the spotlight. Issues included: whether the COVID-19 waivers students were asked to sign had any legal standing; whether the upcoming sports seasons should be cancelled; and whether students would be granted the right to profit from their name image and likeness. There was considerable debate around bias at PWIs and in the NCAA in general.  


Current and former students pressured their institutions to remove symbols of racism and oust racist personnel. Mississippi State student athlete, Kylin Hill, declared that he would not play until the state flag was removed. Considering that less than a decade ago state lawmakers ignored calls to remove the confederate-themed flag, that the Mississippi legislature swiftly voted to remove it spoke volumes.


HBCUs vs. PWIs

Reports of racism at PWIs led to a call for black athletes to transfer to HBCUs. Although many celebrated professional athletes went to HBCUs, including several in their respective sport’s hall of fame, for decades, the trend has been for pro-hopefuls to accept offers from the top PWI schools. 


While a mere 2.4 percent of the undergraduates at PWI Division I schools are black men, over 50 percent of the football and basketball players there are black men. They are the stars, driving teams to championships. Yet, they are treated poorly and neglected academically. Given the resources those schools have at their disposal  the odds that black athletes at PWIs will graduate are much lower than one would think. Less than 55 percent of them will earn a degree. 


These are the points that columnists, reigning pros, and retired greats, like  Savannah State alumnus, Shannon Sharpe, are driving home to up and coming high school athletes. In the wake of the George Floyd murder and expose after expose about racist treatment, they are listening. 


Sharing Information
Sharpe has called on professional athletes who went to predominately white institutions to speak about their experience.  Many sportscasters are now echoing Jemele Hill’s call for Black athletes to leave PWIs to attend HBCUs. 


While HBCUs may be eager to join in the effort to attract top talent to their sports programs, in this time of socioeconomic examination, they must be prepared for scrutiny. They must take care not to undervalue themselves or minimize the perceived value of other black entities. 

Advertising Successes

Over the past decade, study after study pointed to the success HBCUs have in graduating students from low income families. They are formidable engines of economic mobility despite having fewer resources at their disposal. Additionally, they are credited with fostering a well-being edge. They excel at providing networks and confidence that are essential tools for success. This is something PWIs cannot do.


It is time to take the next step with confidence in this proven ability. It is not necessary to cut all ties with the predominately white  infrastructure. But it is necessary to alter that infrastructure. It is necessary to forge and strengthen ties with black businesses and black communities. 


The truth is, in addition to violence and police brutality, systemic racism is sustained by acquiescence. It is time to take concrete steps to reinforce our institutions and systems so the next generation of athletes will not hesitate to choose an HBCU.

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