U.S. President Donald Trump signed a measure on Tuesday with the goal of throwing government support behind the country’s historically black colleges and universities. Here’s everything you need to know about Trump’s order and it will help.
Executive Order Details
Trump previously announced his intentions to improve the lives of African-Americans, a demographic that overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. This order will reposition the federal government’s promotion program for historically black colleges and universities, known as HBCUs, back under direct government oversight.
Since the 1980s, presidents from both parties have signed executive orders supporting the HBCUs in some capacity.
How It Will Help
The federal program will now be housed under the Education Department and will be considered a “priority again” by making partnerships with the government agency easier, a White House official said. The new structure will allow them “to serve as a strategic partner to the president’s urban agenda of creating jobs and making inner cities safe again.”
Vice President Mike Pence emphasized how important this was for the White House during a listening session with 64 of the roughly 100 representatives.
“You deserve far more credit than you get, and know that beginning today, this administration is committed to making sure that our historically black colleges and universities get the credit and the attention they deserve,” he said.