by Jessica Toliver, Editor-in-Chief
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Spartan Echo had the opportunity to speak with U.S. Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). Several topics were discussed starting with Harris’s background and what helps guide her steps in wanting to help historically black colleges and universities continue to grow and succeed.
Harris discussed two things that continue to help shape her as the strong, independent, female Presidential candidate she is today. The first one she stated is her family and how they continue to give her the all of the support and encouragement that she needs. The other was her alma mater Howard University.
While at Howard, Harris participated in many on and off campus organizations like the debate team, student government, and being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She discussed with the Spartan Echo that one of her many goals, if elected as the U.S. President, will be to help rebuild historically black collage infrastructures starting with on campus housing.
“In terms of what we are going to do when I get in the White House, (it) is about increasing federal funding (to) cover tuition and fees for low income students at minority institutions, also requiring federal agencies to increase historically black colleges’ participation in federal programs,” Harris said.
Harris further discussed the debt ratio between historically black college students and students at predominantly white institutions.
“Minority students come out of college with 85 percent higher debt than students that come from other schools,” Harris said.
Harris has been helping historically black colleges and universities by donating to certain colleges’ STEM programs.
“I have dedicated 60 billion dollars to STEM education at our HBCUs,” Harris said.
She went on to explain the focus of her education plan in America and that’s starting by increasing teacher pay. She also plans to help build up teacher programs within historically black colleges and universities without being concerned about student loans.
“People you will never meet, people you will never see will be watching you and because you go out there and do it, you will inspire them and you will be a role model to them,” Harris said. “And don’t you ever let anyone tell you who you are; you tell them who you are.”
Harris closed the interview by wishing everyone a safe and happy homecoming!