Howard University recently opened the first barbershop to ever operate on campus grounds, giving students easy access to getting a fresh new cut.
Not only will students be able to stop by the shop for a cut, but they will be able to do so for free.
According to NBC News 4, Howard leaders hope the shop will become a cornerstone of the campus community, providing more than 500 students with free haircuts and grooming services.
The shop will also be the site of entrepreneurial trainings, a mentorship program and a series barbershop talks meant to help students navigate life. The talks will include financial and educational advice vital to success in college.
The shop was built through a partnership between the university, Corvias (a Rhode Island based organization that advises universities and government institutions) and nonprofit Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation.
"The installation of this barbershop goes beyond providing haircuts and grooming services to students,” Evan Allen, Corvias' community management director with Corvias, said. “Historically, barbershops have played an essential role in promoting unity and tradition in our communities, all characteristics that we want to continue to uphold with the residents in Drew and Cook Hall.”
“Howard University remains committed to providing exceptional services and experiences to its students,” Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick told AFRO.“This barbershop is an excellent amenity and we appreciate the work Corvias has done to meet our expectations.”
“We discovered that accessibility to ongoing grooming services has been a long-standing concern for students who live on campus,” the managing director of Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation, Robert Cradle said. “Addressing grooming related barriers in our communities is a part of our mission and we are very proud to play a role in providing this service to the student residents at Howard University.”