As much as I love my university, I believe A&T1 has a problem. We produce the most black engineers, but the main focus is to get a job, not create jobs. We need to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. Other universities have this down to a science. I believe it’s time for us to do the same.
Even a simple Hackathon2 is discouraged due to the name and the administration believing it is bad due to the word “hack” being in the name and the negative connotations. But they bring a lot of innovative ideas to the table.
Hackathons aside, imagine students having more ambition to create a product, company, or more. With A&T being an HBCU, more black owned businesses would definitely show up.
What if A&T were to change? I’ll have more on this subject at a later time.