Since the beginning of this new school year, current students and alumni of Howard University, a Historically Black University in Washington DC, voiced concerns about the administration and the management of their university. Students took to social media using the hashtag #TakeBackHU to discuss everything from lagging financial aid processes to lack of air conditioning in the dorms, rodents and more.

The social media campaign was initiated by the following students @_OnlyJalen, , and @nadaleemarcelle.

The hashtag quickly picked up steam and several alumni and students joined in on the dialogue.

The current president responded on Twitter.

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, the current president of Howard University, has since responded with an official statement and met with representatives of the campus student organization, HUSA.

Later that evening, the #TakeBackHU team issued a statement on Twitter.

The DCist reports that Aliya Jones organized a peaceful protest mentioned in the above statement on campus on September 4th in the administration building, also known as the “A Building,” with about 50 other students.

Howard University has also agreed to set up a Student Customer Service Help Desk to address some of the concerns with residential life and financial aid.

Unfortunately considering the current fiscal climate, the problems experienced at Howard University are not unique in the higher education arena, especially for HBCUs.

The students made it clear on social media that while they are passionately voicing their concerns about Howard, they are doing it out of love, according to Global Grind.

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