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Should HBCUs Make an Extra Effort to Recruit Latino and Native Americans Considering The Racial Climate In The U.S.?

Should HBCUs Make an Extra Effort to Recruit Latino and Native Americans Considering The Racial Climate In The U.S.?
Posted By: Will Moss on August 02, 2020

I just watched a video by Rev. Al Sharpton where he made a remark about their being an increased interest in HBCUs as a result of the current racial climate, largely in part due to President Trump's behavior in office.

This got me to thinking that maybe HBCUs should start looking at their recruitment strategy when it comes to Native Americans and Latino Americans.
Many people may not realize it, but historically black colleges and universities were started not only to serve the educational needs of African Americans as freed slaves not allowed to study at predominantly white institutions , these universities and colleges also were founded to serve the needs of Native Americans. For example, Hampton University in Virginia was specifically founded by a white abolitionist for African Americans and Native Americans. We even have a building on campus called ‘Wigwam’ that was a tribute to the Native American students that attended Hampton University.

I myself being a Hampton University student really appreciated the fact that the founding fathers were considerate of all of the disenfranchised people that could not attend college and we open the doors to everyone not only Native Americans and Blacks, but of course there were some white students when I attended Hampton University as well. And I dare to say that they felt quite welcome on campus.

Now with the current racial climate in the United States, the black lives matter movement, there is a lot of racial tension and to make matters worse, we have a president that does not seem sensitive to certain communities that make up America.



Leaving many Latinos, Native Americans, and other minorities to feel as if the president does not care about them or quite frankly maybe does not want them to be in the United States.

In my opinion this would be a great time for historically black colleges and universities to take a look at their recruitment marketing strategies and their inclusiveness strategies and start going after Native Americans specifically and Latino Americans specifically.

What are we doing to appeal to these disenfranchised parts of our American community? Of course HBCUs should always serve as a cornerstone of the black community to educate African-American students, but also let us not forget the mission of our founding fathers of these colleges and universities to be inclusive.

I love the thought that many other minorities outside of the black community attending an HBCU not only for the great knowledge that they'll receive but also for the culture and for the future ability to relate to and empathize with the black experience and what it is like to be a minority and African American in the United States. We need to build allies by being inclusive and considerate of those that have similar struggles to our own.

What do you think about this topic? Do you think that HBCUs need to make a concerted effort to reach out to Native Americans and Latino Americans to consider attending an HBCU? I see all types of benefits from a diverse student population at an HBCU, and this is not saying that I want HBCUs too become predominantly non black, it is just saying that it should be a part of our recruitment strategy to look for other disenfranchised communities and have them consider attending a black college.
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