Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s has big plans for strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and if elected, she vows to make a substantial investment in HBCUs.
Clinton outlines her intentions in a recent op-ed for The Root, in which she gets specific about how the African-American community can improve and heal through the implementation of several education initiatives.
Clinton points out how Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has yet to speak about what areas he believes urban education can be improved, or any of the issues plaguing the Black community.
“Donald Trump has no plan to support HBCUs,” she wrote. “His view of black communities is both ignorant and insulting. He says—to largely white audiences—that African-American neighborhoods are plagued by poverty.”
She later followed up by highlighting some of the many ways the Black community is contributing to the success of the nation.
“For starters, Trump misses so much about what makes the African-American community strong and vibrant,” she added. “If he ever bothered to actually look for it, he might see the pride that black parents feel watching their kids thrive in school, the widespread success of black-owned businesses, or the triumphs of black leaders in every field.”
Hillary would also like to make higher education more affordable through a joint initiative with former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. “First, we’ll make college much more affordable—and in many cases, we’ll make it completely tuition-free,” Clinton continued. “I worked with Sen. Bernie Sanders on a plan to make sure every student whose family makes under $125,000 can attend an in-state public university tuition-free, and all students can attend community college tuition-free.”
“Since black students at any given institution are more likely to need to take out loans and graduate with more student debt than their white peers, this issue disproportionately impacts the African-American community,” she said about her plan to alleviate student loan debt, “Our plan will let them refinance that debt, ensuring they never have to pay more than 10 percent of their income.”
Lastly, Clinton emphasized her intentions to make a substantial investment in both public and private HBCUs.
“We’ll make a historic $25 billion investment across all HBCUs—public and private—so that each one has the funding to keep creating opportunities and providing more support services for underserved students,” she wrote. “That includes expanding on-campus child care and creating more scholarships for students who are also parents to make it easier for them to obtain a degree.”