U.S. Department of Education Awards Project SERV Grants to Tougaloo College and Fayetteville State University | U.S – US Department of Education

by | Sep 15, 2022 | Education

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) grants to two HBCUs following the recent spate of bomb threats. Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, and Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, were awarded over $420,000 and $80,000 in Project SERV grants respectively.These universities will use the funds to support student trauma recovery related to these threats by hiring full-time equivalent Trauma Specialists/Counselors, increasing full time Security Officer coverage, and offering additional mental health supports. The Department awarded Southern Law University Law Center a $133,000 Project SERV grant last month and expects additional grants to be awarded in the coming weeks.
“As Secretary of Education, I want to make it abundantly clear that the Biden-Harris Administration will not tolerate bomb threats or any efforts to terrorize students of color and everyone who lives, works, and studies at our Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The bomb threats made against HBCUs earlier this year not only strained institutions’ resources by prompting costly campus lockdowns, class cancellations, and law enforcement activities, but shattered students’ sense of safety and heightened anxiety throughout these campus communities,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “That is why earlier this year I announced that HBCUs impacted by these disturbing bomb threats would be eligible to apply f …

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