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GCU Condemns Threats of Violence Against HBCUs

Protest with sign that says Stand Against Hate

This week, the higher education community is responding to a wave of bomb threats targeting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country. Georgian Court University condemns these threats to HBCUs and all acts of hate, bias, and bigotry. We are grateful that none of these threats have resulted in physical violence or harm. However, events like these cause additional psychological distress to the students, faculty, and staff at HBCUs already facing myriad challenges due to the dual pandemics of COVID and systemic racism. African American and Black students should be able to access their education without the threat of violence. Their faculty should not have to think twice before challenging inequities in the classroom. Staff should be able to work in these institutions without having to look over their shoulders or think twice about coming to work. The hard-won ability for African American and Black people to receive an education without barriers or fear must be protected and upheld by all, for all. 

Black History Month offers us an opportunity to critically examine the history and culture of the United States so that we understand how the experience of the African American and Black community is intimately interwoven into all our lives. We invite all members of GCU to join us for the many programs and activities happening this month (some highlights are below) in the spirit of continuing our care for one another towards whole personhood. Visit the event page for the must up-to-date information.

Building Cultural Humility
Tuesday, February 15, 2:00-3:30 p.m.     


Participants will establish a foundational understanding of the cultural humility framework for social equity. This session looks at the sociohistorical roots of the cultural humility framework paying particular attention to legacies of cultural imperialism. The session is open to faculty and staff.

Black Greek 101: Why I Committed to Lifelong Membership 
Wednesday, February 16, 7:00 p.m.  

Join us for a conversation with members of the nine historically Black sororities and fraternities. During this session, we will talk about the history of the organizations, why they were founded and why they are still relevant today. Stay tuned for the flyer and location. 

Race and Me: Locating Our Racial Identities Within Community 
Thursday, February 24, 12:00-1:30 p.m.    


How does your racial identity impact your role in the community? This equity learning session aims to build a foundational understanding of race and its relationship to systems of power. Participants will develop skills to navigate their own racial identities in the service of building equitable community spaces. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend.  

Look out for more information on our Step Show (February 23) and Ebony Dinner (February 24); both are sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students and the Black Student Union. 

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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