Pioneers for Equity and Access: AUCD Intern Writes about the role of HBCU in the Inclusive Higher Education Movement

Imani Evans, a PhD student at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Special Education and Disability Leadership program recently wrote a thought-provoking and informative post for the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) Policy Talk blog. During her recent internship as a Policy Fellow at AUCD, Imani explored the intersection of postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability (ID) and historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). She researched the options for students with ID at HBCU, and found that currently there is only one.  Her blog makes the case that there should be more. She says, in part, “The level of faculty support, commitment to student success, and sense of community at HBCUs make it the ideal place for students with intellectual disabilities to reach the full potential of their academic, vocational, or independent living goals.” Imani is passionate about access, inclusion, and equity for individuals with disabilities in underserved communities, and sees the potential of HBCU to provide a quality higher education to students with ID.

Read the full blog post.