NASPA is deeply troubled by news of a second series of bomb threats at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Black student spaces across the country. Bomb scares took place in early January, and this second cluster of threats occurred during a time recognized and celebrated as Black History Month.
These racially-motivated threats are deliberate attempts to intimidate and disrupt the essential work and impact of HBCUs to center Black excellence. Students, faculty, and staff engaged in the work of educating and strengthening Black lives should not have to wonder if they will be the targets of violence and racial extremism. We support the continuing investigation of these threats as hate crimes.
NASPA commits to do more to support initiatives already underway to raise the visibility of HBCUs. We extend our support to our HBCU colleagues and students and will continue our work to counter hate and to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, in collaboration with our members.