Biden administration announces funding for mental health resources and security support at HBCUs following surge in bomb threats
the Biden Administration show solidarity with the country HBCUs providing funding for mental health resources and safety training.
The new measures are in response to the bomb threats that HBCUs across the country have recently received. the White House organized an event on Wednesday in the South Court Auditorium to cope with the numerous bomb threats that left Historically Black Colleges and Universities shaken this year. vice president Kamala Harris was joined by other officials, including Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Deputy Under Secretary of Homeland Security John Tien to announce how they plan to support students and faculty members.
“Every American should be able to learn, work, worship and come together without fear. It is our duty to do everything we can to protect all of our communities from harm against any of our communities,” Harris said.
The initiative includes “Project Serve Grants”, which will provide up to $150,000 for each institution that received the threats. Funds can be used to provide mental health professionals and improve campus security to ensure students and staff are mentally and physically protected when these racially motivated threats arise. The Department of Education works closely with HBCUs to meet their individual needs.
Since January, 80 anonymous bomb threats were made against various HBCUs, including Howard University and Florida A&M University.