Cheyney University: The First HBCU

Melissa W.
We’re at the end of Black History month and have really enjoyed learning about and sharing Black-centered campus organizations and colleges throughout February. We figured, what better way to round out the month than by highlighting the first ever school to form Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)?!

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The History of HBCUs

Melissa W.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities were established before 1964 for the sole purpose of academically serving African American students. Previous to their existence, and during segregation in the United States, Black students were largely prevented from receiving higher education due to racial discrimination, with the majority of colleges catering predominately to white students and disqualifying the majority of Black students from attending.

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Phi Alpha Theta: The National History Honor Society

Melissa W.
There’s no doubt we’re living in unprecedented times and experiencing firsthand events that history books will talk about in years to come. But nobody knows history quite like members of Phi Alpha Theta!

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The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg: An Academic Scholar

Melissa W.
As an American jurist serving on The Supreme Court from 1993-2020, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent much of her career as an advocate for women’s rights, gender equality, and civil rights and became a bit of a celebrity due to her short-stature, quiet demeanor, and strong dissents. Her educational career was also quite impressive and paved the way for her court accomplishments!

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Phi Delta Phi: The International Legal Honor Society

Melissa W.
Founded in 1869 by four law students at the University of Michigan School of Law, Phi Delta Phi is the oldest legal organization in continuous existence, even predating the American Bar Association. It was created as a means to champion students who choose to dedicate their lives to a just legal system.

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High School Students Make Tech Advances in TSA

Melissa W.
Let’s face it, technology is what makes the world go ‘round -- especially today with the majority of work and school being conducted remotely. Innovations happen daily in the tech space with a goal of making lives more efficient, easy, and fun! The Technology Student Association (TSA) celebrates students who jump in head-first to make waves in technology and engineering.

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Chi Alpha Sigma: The National College Athlete Honor Society

Melissa W.
Fall sports are back in action with the start of the college football season this week! While games look different this year due to Covid-19, there’s still a sense of normalcy seeing players back on the field and we’re excited about it! With all the excitement, it’s easy to forget that these players are also students and work hard on and off the field. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes those student athletes.

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Iota Iota Iota: The National Women’s Studies Honor Society

Melissa W.
Iota Iota Iota (Triota) was developed in 1985 at MSU Denver as an honor society dedicated to maintaining “feminist values that encourage diversity, elgalitarianism, and supportive academic environments.”  The founding members chose the Greek letter, Iota, to represent three Greek goddesses, Inana, Ishtar, and Isis. 

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Tri-M is Music to Your Ears!

Melissa W.
The #1 most-played song at graduation ceremonies is Pomp & Circumstance and we can make a safe bet that members of music departments across the country can play it in their sleep! But, who recognizes such talent? Tri-M -- the only national honor society for student musicians!

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Science Wiz? Beta Beta Beta is for You!

Melissa W.
It’s no secret, science is at the forefront of society right now. While the world wrestles with the novel coronavirus, scientists are tirelessly working to understand the virus, test therapies, and develop a vaccine. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is being pushed in school districts to introduce children to the many interesting areas and potential careers in science ...  Beta Beta Beta is an organization that recognizes those students who excel in the field.

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