Students from seven historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) visited the NC General Assembly on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to adequately support their schools.
Organized by the Common Cause HBCU Student Action Alliance, some 50 students made the trip to Raleigh to share their personal stories with legislators and to convey the vital role of their educational instutitions in North Carolina.
"We are here today lobbying to make our voices heard and influence legislators to encourage equal partnerships between majority and minority institutions, and most importantly to support HBCUs – both public and private – in the future," said Alysa Harvey, a student at NC Central University.
Participants at Wednesday’s lobby day called for equitable funding for public HBCUs, noting that last year these universities were given 7 percent less in appropriations from the legislature per full-time student than schools with a predominantly white population.
Students also advocated for the continuation of the Need-based Scholarship Program as a resource for private HBCUs.
Among the schools represented at the HBCU lobby day were Bennett College, Fayetteville State University, NC Agriculture & Technical University, NC Central University, Shaw University, St. Augustine’s University and Winston-Salem State University.
The Common Cause HBCU Student Action Alliance is a student-led network rooted in seven of North Carolina’s HBCUs. The group works year-round to hold power accountable at every level, from campuses to the state house, on some of the most pressing issues facing college students in North Carolina.
Follow the Common Cause HBCU Student Action Alliance at facebook.com/CampusesForCommonCause.
Office: Common Cause North Carolina
Issues: Campus Organizing