Several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been awarded Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) money according to the U.S. Department of Education. The grants are in response to a string of bomb threats received by HBCUs last year.
“The bomb threats made last year against several Historically Black Colleges and Universities not only shattered their campus communities’ sense of safety and created fear in students but strained institutions’ resources by prompting costly campus lockdowns, class cancellations, and law enforcement activities,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “As Secretary of Education, I categorically reject any and all efforts to terrorize Black students and educators and I am committed to ensuring access to Project SERV grants and all available federal resources to help HBCUs restore safe, welcoming, and nurturing learning environments.
Coppin State University, Fayetteville State University, Southern University Law Center, Fisk University, and Tougaloo College have already been awarded the grants previously. Grants for North Carolina Central University, Philander Smith College, and Hampton University were announced last week.
The money will be used to fund things like mental health services, conduct faculty training on PTSD, and pay for additional officers.