Two visions of higher education illuminate the chasm between Harris and Pence

In her speech at the Democratic Convention, Harris made sure that the audience knew she had attended Howard University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., which was founded at Howard in 1908. Harris has talked extensively about the school’s impact on her life: who she is as a person, a Black and Asian woman and leader. It was her alma mater that shaped many of her political views.

Why have Harris and Pence made such public moves to associate themselves with Howard and Liberty? Especially since the GI Bill following World War II, there has not been one system of higher education in the United States, but many. Like the rest of American society, higher education has splintered and divided, as colleges and universities promote themselves as embodying different visions of what higher education should be, with unique experiences

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