Conversations on strengthening Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)
“I think it's a myth that Black people are very one-dimensional or all kinds of the same. Seeing all these different people with all of these other interests from diverse backgrounds encouraged me to step out of the box I put myself in.”
“I had to learn not to compare myself and the things I had going on with my Spelman sisters. I had to start telling myself early on that comparison is the thief of joy. I can't judge myself for being on one part of my journey when my sister is on another part of hers.”
“As I see it, small daily actions lead to significant change over time. And so you may not see it right in front of you, but years from now, you can look back and see how far we've come.”
"So many underrepresented people in tech don't have that opportunity to learn about computer science. If I can give these skills to kids at a young age, that's the definition of paying it forward."
“It was never a matter of "if" I was going to an HBCU; it was a matter of which one.”
When you're used to losing a lot of the time, losing people, losing things that should have been yours, or just feeling like a loser, you don't know how to accept the wins.
“... obtaining a coaching gig at HBCUs can be a stepping stone for a more lucrative FCS or FBS job down the road.”
Of the 102 HBCUs in operation, 34 HBCUs (33%) received their largest gift in school history since July 2020.