Do HBCU’s have a diversity problem?
HBCU stands for Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Have you heard any of these statements before?
“HBCUs don’t successfully prepare their students for after graduation because the outside world isn’t made up of ONLY black people”.
“I would NEVER go to an HBCU”.
“HBCUs are only for BLACK PEOPLE”.
“HBCUs have NO diversity”.
Whew! Some won’t believe how many inaccurate comments and presumptions are made about HBCUs from what I like to call OUTSIDERS! The most stereotypical comment that I hear often is about the lack of diversity within Historically Black Colleges and Universities. These comments most often come from our peers and black communities that attend predominately white institutions (PWI’s). What if I say that their assumptions about HBCUs are completely WRONG and invalid- would you agree?
HBCUs are more than diverse, in fact I would go out on a limb and even say that HBCUs are the pillar of diversity. Colleges like Spelman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta University, Howard, Florida A&M, NC A&T, etc. have people on their campus from all cultures/walks of life. That includes race, ethnic groups, religion beliefs, etc. We have a mixture of all types of people. So, it makes me think of what context these “outsiders” are using when they speak on diversity especially in a school community that doesn’t even closely concern them.
I got questions!!! Are we not diverse enough because there are more black than white students? Are we not diverse enough because we don’t have D1 athletic teams? Are we not diverse enough because we learn about black culture when in reality, we’ve spent years learning about the culture of those who oppressed our ancestors, and continue to oppress our people? Are we not diverse enough because HBCUs aren’t following the unwanted expectations that others have placed on us? Or are we just not diverse enough because having campuses full of black and brown leaders makes the world uncomfortable? You tell me.