Shanell Dixon, Wilberforce University- c/o 2014, Accounting
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
I am from Detroit Michigan. I actually learned about HBCUs on my own with research.
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
I chose an HBCU for several reasons. Because it feels good attending an institution where everyone looks like you. Second, I love the family atmosphere and how everyone is striving to be the best they can be.
Sigma Gamma Rho! LIve for the Blue and Die for the Gold!
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
My experience was amazing, Wilberforce University is the first black private university. It has a lot of history behind it, WEB DuBois taught there. It also provided slaves an opportunity to receive an education.
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
Attending an HBCU introduced me to attending church during the week, due to attending an AME university.
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
The professor that impacted me the most is Richard Deering, he taught my finance and Money and Banking course. He molded me to strive for excellence in all endeavors of life.
- Athletics: Wilberforce University is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as an Independent of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). Wilberforce University offers Men's sports including basketball and cross country, while women's sports include basketball and cross country. Students also participate in the following intramural sports: basketball, softball, volleyball, flag football, and tennis.
- Notable Alumni: Ossian Sweet - African American doctor notable for self-defense in 1925 against a white mob's attempt to force him out of his Detroit neighborhood, and acquittal at trial** Theophilus Gould Steward - 1881 - U.S. Army chaplain and Buffalo Soldier** Demetrius Newton - Civil rights attorney** Bill Powell - Owner and designer of Clearview Golf Club, the first integrated golf course in America and the first owned and designed by an African American** Leontyne Price - Opera singer and first African American prima donna of the Metropolitan Opera** Leon Jordan - 1932 - Politician and civil rights activist; considered one of the most influential African Americans in the history of Kansas City, Missouri** James H. McGee - City commissioner and first African American mayor of Dayton, Ohio** John R. Fox - Recipient of the Medal of Honor** Raymond V. Haysbert - Business executive and civil rights leader** Floy Clements - First African-American woman to serve in the Illinois House of Representatives (1959-1960)** Victoria Gray Adams - Pioneering civil rights activist** Regina M. Anderson - Playwright, librarian, and member of the Harlem Renaissance** Hallie Quinn Brown - 1873 - Educator, writer and activist**
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