Tish Norman: What is the history of HBCUs and the Black Fraternal Movement?
Our next guest is Tish Norman! A dynamic and energetic keynote speaker and DE&I consultant, Tish uses public speaking as a platform for change. Frequently referred to as “Coach T”, Tish is the Founder of Transforming Leaders Now, Inc., a consultancy specializing in college & career readiness, women, DE&I topics, and the African American experience. Tish has dedicated her professional career to the educational development and social uplift of audiences from the classroom, community, college and corporate spaces. Her presentations have been delivered in 45 states and 14 countries, as Tish maintains an active speaking schedule, keynoting at dozens of leadership conferences and campuses every year.
In episode 216 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out what started the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States, what was the curriculum focus of HBCUs early on, whether separate schools actually hindered efforts towards social and economic equality with whites, whether some HBCUs have closed their doors because they are at a crossroads or because all Universities are feeling the pinch right now, how we can get states to invest in HBCUs, how we can overcome some of the threats made against HBCUs over the last two weeks, what pushed the Black Greek-letter fraternal movement to start in 1906 at Cornell University (Alpha Phi Alpha) and 1908 at Howard University (Alpha Kappa Alpha), and how we can properly showcase the Divine 9 history, culture, and creativity to students at PWIs and the larger community.