HBCUs Impacted By Recent Bomb Threats Eligible For Federal Grants To Improve Campus Security
Through Project SERV, eligible HBCUs will receive emergency grant funds to help boost campus security and provide much-needed mental health resources.
March 16, 2022 at 8:29 pm
In coordination with the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Vice President Kamala Harris just announced a brand-new initiative to help support the plethora of HBCUs that have recently received bomb threats.
At various points throughout 2022, HBCUs all over the country—including Howard, Spelman, Morgan State, Hampton and Jackson State—have been targeted by anonymous threats, prompting numerous lockdowns and evacuations. It’s also worth noting that Morehouse College just received a threat earlier this week.
Today I am announcing new steps our Administration is taking to ensure our communities—including our HBCU students—are protected and supported. Tune in. https://t.co/OL20nwEXcs— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 16, 2022
Through the Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) program, such HBCUs can apply for grant funds to “assist in restoring a safe environment conducive to learning.”
“In the last three months, more than one-third of our country’s Historically Black colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have received bomb threats. While, thankfully, no explosive devices were found on any of these campuses, significant and lasting damage has been done by threatening the safety and security of the students, faculty and staff at these institutions,” a White House news release begins. “As a result of these threats, learning has been disrupted, critical resources have been diverted to emergency response and there has been an increased burden on already overwhelmed campus mental health systems.”