Higher education's role in racial equality and opportunity
A conversation with college presidents
- Presidents want to empower and encourage students to effect positive change.
- Counseling and personal outreach are vital to caring for students’ well-being.
- Alumni are playing key support and mentorship roles.
In a year of great change for higher education, college leaders are guiding their students through two seismic events: a global pandemic response and a wave of national protests against racial injustice and police brutality.
On June 8, Ellucian President and CEO Laura K. Ipsen asked three college presidents about how their communities are coping with these historic crises. The presidents shared their concerns for their students’ well-being, their hopes for the future, and their plans for exploring and addressing systemic inequality.
We must stand in the gap, help our students make sense of the senseless, and equip them with the tools to channel their feelings into positive actions and productivity.Felecia M. Nave, President, Alcorn State University