Senior Chooses HBCU

Senior Chooses HBCU
Posted on 09/24/2021
Senior Chooses HBCUTransitioning from CV to an HBCU
Nyla Anderson
Staff Writer
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Moving to a new school district can be stressful or difficult, especially as a black student or other minority when moving to predominantly white schools. Jada Ellis-Dixon, a senior at CV, moved to Georgia to PA her junior year.

“It’s hard, especially when it comes to relating to people sometimes,” Ellis-Dixon said. “And then like, especially me  I had to adjust a lot, and how I talk or the slang I use.”

According to public school review, as of 2018, 76% of the CV student population is white, which is approximately 1,998 students. 2% of the school population is black, approximately 52 students out of the whole school (total student population was 2,629).

“My previous school was mostly black, I’d say like 70% black and then 30% white,” Ellis-Dixon said. “And it was deep in the south so even though it was like white and black kids, it was kind of segregated when it came to friend groups and even classes, like all the white kids would be in honors classes.”

Many black students apply and attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to be in an environment with plenty of people to relate to and understand, avoid any bad experiences that could happen in predominantly white schools/institutions. HBCU’s were created during times of segregation, giving black students chances at higher education because they were not allowed to attend “white” schools.

“Lincoln [University], I had went on a college tour probably at the end of my junior year, and then when I went there it was just a good experience,” Ellis-Dixon said.
“The people seemed nice, dorms are really nice.”

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