Cal State Offers Dorms For Black Students. Should More PWIs Add This Option?

studentlife_mainbanner_northAs a graduate of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), there is something to be said about being in an environment surrounded by people who look just like you, share some of your past experiences, and accept you for you. I am sure not all black students at Predominantly White Institutes (PWI’s) feel they are lacking any of those things, but what about those who do feel a disconnect?

Cal State L.A.’s Black Student Union wrote a letter to their university outlining changes they would like to see implemented. Since the letter, many of their demands have been met including the on-campus housing option for minority students.

Asking for the “creation and financial support of a CSLA housing space delegated for Black students and a full-time Resident Director who can cater to the needs of Black students.”

“Many Black CSLA students cannot afford to live in Alhambra or the surrounding area with the high prices of rent. A CSLA housing space delegated for Black students would provide a cheaper alternative housing solution for Black students. This space would also serve as a safe space for Black CSLA students to congregate, connect, and learn from each other,” the letter stated. The College Fix noted

The living space is called “Halisi Scholars Black Living-Learning Community.” And their motto “we focus on academic excellence and learning experiences that are inclusive and non-discriminatory.”

Should other PWI’s adopt this same way of thinking? Share with us your experience at a PWI?



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