President’s Blog – CCS Stands with HBCUs Against Violence and Intimidation

February 4, 2022

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is deeply concerned about the appalling pattern of bomb threats against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) this year. According to multiple reports, over 20 HBCUs were subject to a bomb scare between January 31 and February 1.

These threats, on the eve of Black History Month, should remind each of us to reflect on how systemic oppression and harm have often stood in the way of progress, justice, and the promotion of inclusive spaces for students, faculty, and staff.

All students have the right to contribute their best without their lives threatened; faculty and staff cannot fully engage while in fear of violent attacks.

We stand in solidarity with AICAD and all members of the educational community, remaining vigilant against future threats to those from historically marginalized communities. We must continue our critical work toward inclusive excellence, free from harassment and discriminatory practices.

This is especially important to us at CCS given our partnership with Pensole Design Academy to re-establish the former Lewis College of Business as the Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design, the only HBCU in Michigan and the first to be re-opened nationally.