Northern Virginia Regional Commission pushes for HBCU satellite campus
A group representing Northern Virginia municipalities wants to bring a historically Black university to the region through a satellite campus.
Representatives from the Northern Virginia Regional Commission – which includes 13 local governments such as Alexandria, Fairfax and Prince William – have met with administrators at Norfolk State University and Virginia State University who demonstrated interest in building a location in Northern Virginia, chair of the commission Cydny Neville said.
Currently, Virginia Union University is the northernmost historically Black university in the commonwealth. While the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech have satellite campuses in northern Virginia, Neville–a VSU alumna–says there is a need for a Black institution for the more than 405,000 students in the area who did not finish college or have an associate’s degree..
“It’s not even just the institution itself,” Neville said. “It’s its presence and how that uplifts the community around it, and Northern Virginia will be better off with it. Northern Virginia is great, but having an HBCU presence is something that we need.”https://www.virginiamercury.com/blog-va/northern-virginia-commission-pushes-for-hbcu-satellite-campus/?fbclid=IwAR0VMqszwAF0KwcbWzdtNuvu6oD8sbzEa4mkFaP5OSAaJNc3x1P8zhbWC_s