By Keishera Lately/Clarion News
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – On Wednesday student journalist from a variety of HBCUs attended a White House press briefing via Zoom with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge.
There was one representative in attendance for each of the more than 30 schools participating in the briefing. Students had the opportunity to ask the secretary one question that they had offered prior to the briefing. Fudge fielded a variety of questions, including ones concerning community development, HBCU housing, and homelessness in America.
Fudge spoke about the high number of abandoned and vacant properties in cities across America and how HUD plans to resolve the issue. “I want to keep people housed and not sleeping on the street,” Fudge said. “My goal is to take care of people.”
She also spoke about how it is important for young students to have the conversations and “stay in the fight and talk about what is important.”
As an attendee of the briefing, I asked secretary Fudge the question of “How does the Biden-Harris administration (or even HUD) plan to continue to the awareness of HBCUs?”
She said it’s evident through the administration’s previous funding gestures that they stand for HBCUs, and we do not have to question if they are for the betterment of HBCUs. “HUD has no resources to help college campuses, but your campuses do,” said Fudge.
For more about Secretary Fudge, see https://www.hud.gov/about/leadership/marcia_fudge