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Inside Benedict College’s effort to get more than 100 struggling students home amid COVID-19 outbreak

When South Carolina’s governor ordered all public schools closed in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Benedict College administrators had already started to prepare for a potential closure. Benedict, a small historically black private liberal arts college in Columbia, has a student population of just over 2,000. When the school decided to close, …

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Operation Exodus: Benedict College faced a massive problem when the Coronavirus outbreak left over 400 students stranded on campus

It is often said that how a person reacts in times of crisis reveals who they really are. That adage also applies to institutions. Benedict College’s response to the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak revealed that the phrase “Benedict Family” is more than just a saying. It is the core of what the institution is all about. …

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Sens. Booker, Jones Urge $1.5 Billion in Support for HBCUs, MSIs Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Doug Jones (D-AL) on Thursday pressed for $1.5 billion in emergency funding to help historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs) respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The senators join leaders of HBCUs, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), who …

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Presidential Opinion – The Airport is Closed

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis | Published to HBCU Digest HBCU campuses are typically as busy as most major airports.  Classes are in full swing, food service is up and running, the bookstore is open, and the student center is thriving.  Band, sports, chorales and Greek life add color to the teeming campus, while Student Government Association, debate, …

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In dark days of coronavirus, a little kindness can restore students’ faith

Column by LIZ WILLEN | The Hechinger Report NEW YORK – When news came that coronavirus concerns would close South Carolina’s Benedict College for the semester, Jayla Berry soon found herself heading home to Detroit with her ticket fully paid for and her transportation arranged. “They helped us load up and even arranged for someone …

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Benedict College President Dr. Roslyn C. Artis Foretells of The Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education and Minority Serving Institutions

Dr. Roslyn C. Artis also Discusses Future of HBCUs and the 150-year Legacy of Benedict College on The Breakfast Club Columbia, SC –  March 19, 2020–  During an interview recorded last week on the popular iHeart morning show The Breakfast Club, Benedict College President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis fielded questions about the future of Historically …

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Across South Carolina, College Campuses Finds Ways To Get Out The Vote For Democrats

By Benjamin Rosenberg | Medill on the Hill CHARLESTON, South Carolina — During his freshman year at The Citadel, Matthew Miller went to events with the College Republicans — because they were the only political activists on campus. Then he decided to create an alternative option. The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, South Carolina, …

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