Actress Aisha Tyler is of the opinion that black students should give more preference to predominately White Colleges instead of HBCUs. When picking colleges in a chat with TIME Money.
The actress encourages African-American students to attend universities where racism openly occurs instead of campuses where they are in the majority.
Dartmouth represented a great opportunity. I wanted to go to the best possible school I could go to. Dartmouth is a small school with high-caliber teaching. Our classes were all taught by professors, not teaching assistants. I felt like that was a school where I could make a big splash. The opportunities would be grander and more robust for me there than at a school with 40,000 students. I didn’t mind being in a school with a small African-American population. The African-American-community was very tight, and that was great. But I also wanted to interact with other types of folks. Every culture is very important. Dartmouth has always been dedicated to diversity of culture.
Aisha Tyler believes attending predominately White School is a “step out your comfort zone” and more challenging for Black students as it will give them a different and a wider perspective on life.
I’d say, “Step out of your comfort zone. Don’t pick a college that replicates what you did in high school. Test yourself in an unfamiliar context so that you can learn to succeed no matter where you are placed, so that you know you can excel.”
Is this an advice Black students should take or simply ignore?