Students learn about historically black colleges at college expo

An admissions counselor at Fort Valley State University, Howard spoke to an auditorium full of prospective college students and their parents during the Athens Area Historically Black Colleges and Universities Expo Saturday at the East Athens Community Center.

It was the first HBCU-centered event in Athens and was aimed at “promoting the truth and eliminating myths about attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

More than a dozen HBCUs were at the expo, including representatives from schools such as Fort Valley State, Howard University and Savannah State University. Speakers advised students on a variety of topics, including admissions process and campus life.

Jasmine Taylor, a senior English student at Fort Valley State, organized the expo. She noticed a lack of awareness about HBCUs and saw the need to promote these institutions locally. In late October she began organizing the event, which focused on debunking stereotypes about HBCUs and arming students with correct information.

“I want them to see those who are actual products of Athens, who’ve gone on to HCBUs, and I want them to see themselves in them. I want them to say they came form Clarke Central, they came from Cedar Shoals, they came from Oconee County High School just like me,” she said. “...If they can do it, what makes me any different?”

Both university representatives and community leaders agreed the event was needed in Athens, where an expo dedicated to HBCUs was never held. Though there are several HBCUs in the area, the institutions are sometimes looked over by rising college students.



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