February 23, 2018
Photo Courtesy via Twitter
Hampton University students are outraged over the conditions of their HBCU, and they are speaking up! A student told News 3 that there was mold in the shower of the dorm she lived in.
“I have asthma and eczema. It was flaring up really bad,” the student said. “They would just come in and spray paint over the mold and spray Clorox over it and two weeks later it would still be there.”
Students arranged a town hall meeting with campus administration to express their concerns, and have been using the hashtag #HUTownhall to air out their grievances on social media.
— amims (@lordaleeem) February 21, 2018
A Hampton University student went to Twitter to air out her grievances with the school’s conditions, and posted a video showing a metal object that was allegedly in the pasta served in the school’s cafe.
— Lo (@lorlinaa) February 21, 2018
In response, more students began posting pictures of food they allegedly were served in the Hampton University cafe. The pictures below will definitely turn your stomach.
just gonna leave this here too pic.twitter.com/AzLhDVesoC
— 10pc wing fan acc (@KaylaTheLight) February 21, 2018
— Riley Carmicheal (@liyah_taylor978) February 21, 2018
That’s disgusting! The administration told News 3 that the school’s dining hall passed two inspections last month, but evidently that inspection was not very thorough. Food is not the only issue that students have complaints about.
The way administration deals with cases of sexual assault was another concern addressed at the town hall meeting. Students at the meeting claimed that William R. Harvey, the president of the university, was dodging questions about sexual assault on campus. When he did address the questions, students were unsatisfied.
Harvey said as women we “shouldn’t allow” a man to hit or sexually assault us & then they had the nerve to dismiss that boy because he wasn’t enrolled at the time he got shot…in his face. As if he was never a student when he was taking a semester off 🤦🏾♀️ #HUTownHall
— cam ✨ (@andimcam) February 21, 2018
PEOPLE DON’ T REPORT RAPES AND SEXUAL ASSAULTS ON CAMPUS BC YALL DONT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
And then got the nerves to victim shame in the meeting #HUTownHall
— 🥀 (@naiy__) February 21, 2018
Students expressing their voices via social media has gained the attention of alumni, and even encouraged some to reach out and help.
As a HU alum, reading the #HUTownHall hashtag has been embarrassing and heartbreaking. I’ve increased my donations to HU and will be reaching out to Dr. Inman to see how alumni can help. To the current students, hit me up anytime. I’m here to help however I can.
— Rashad (@RashadDrakeford) February 22, 2018
Hampton University is not the only HBCU that has been under fire due to allegations of poor conditions. Wale donated $5,ooo to Grambling State University in 2013 to improve the football team’s facilities, after complaints from the player’s went viral.
We hope even more celebrities and alumni will continue to contribute, and that students will keep speaking out! Your voices make a difference.
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