UVA Looks At New Exchange Program

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

A new student exchange program that would allow UVA students to switch places with students at schools that are Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) may soon be in the making.

Students on grounds say they really like the idea. "Seeking out those opportunities to explore something not really available here in Charlottesville is something I really value," said Carrie Keefe.

Benjamin Hall agreed, saying he thought "a diverse cultural experience would add a lot of depth to one's university experience."

Students involved in initiating the program say they believe allowing students to submerge themselves academically and socially at an HBCU would broaden their horizons.

"It will kind of open their minds to a whole new world of different ideas and different perspectives," said student Lobbyist David Coles.

Student Council Vice President Gregory Jackson Jr. agreed. "Being at a Historically Black College or University is a whole different experience in terms of how classes are taught not necessarily from a eurocentric viewpoint, and that's very valuable and to be able to have that for just one semester is something that costs students nothing but could benefit them tremendously."

So far students have about 500 signatures in support of the program. They hope that will be enough to encourage the administration to implement the program.

If it is approved, the exchange program will allow students to spend an entire semester at participating HBCUs.

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