HBCUs at Risk: Examining Federal Support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Meeting Notes: 
The hearing will convene in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building and over Zoom, which has been approved by the House.
Date: 
Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 9:00am
Location: 
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
HBCUs at Risk: Examining Federal Support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Chairwoman Maloney's Opening Statement [PDF]

Subcommittee Chairman Raskin's Opening Statement [PDF]

 

Washington D.C. (March 14, 2022)—On Thursday, March 17, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. ET, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will hold a hybrid hearing to examine ways the federal government can support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the face of recent threats to the students and faculty at these institutions. 

 

Since January 2022, at least 36 HBCUs—more than one third of the nation’s 101 historically Black academic institutions—have been targeted with violent bomb threats.  At least 18 of these institutions were targeted on February 1st alone—the first day of Black History Month.  On February 23, 2022, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that the bomb threats against HBCUs were being investigated as “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism and hate crimes” and stated that the investigation was of the “highest priority.”

 

These threats have come at a time when hate crimes and other acts of violent right-wing extremism are on the rise across the country.  According to a 2020 FBI report, hate crimes against Black Americans increased by nearly 50% between 2019 and 2020, from 1,930 to 2,871 incidents.

 

This hearing will examine ways the federal government can support HBCUs in the face of threats to student safety and explore reforms to improve security on HBCU campuses and enhance efforts to prevent domestic terrorism. 

 

MEDIA:

  

The Committee strongly recommends that members of the media view the hearing proceedings remotely.  Seating in the hearing room is extremely limited and as a result, credentialed media must RSVP to the Oversight Committee Democrats Press Office at  oversightpress@mail.house.gov no later than 5 p.m. ET on March 16, 2022.

 

WITNESSES

Panel I

 

Ms. Kylie Burke

President, Student Association

Howard University


Mr. Emmanuel Ukot

President, Student Government Association

Xavier University of Louisiana
 
Mr. Devan M. Vilfrard
Associate Chief Justice, Student Supreme Court
Florida A&M University

 

Panel II

 

Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper  

Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education 

Department of Education 

 

Mr. Sean Haglund  

Associate Director, Office for Bombing Prevention 

Department of Homeland Security 

 

Mr. Ryan T. Young  

Executive Assistant Director, Intelligence Branch 

Federal Bureau of Investigation
 

117th Congress