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 Courtesy Photo-Yanice Jackson-Long


Yanice always had a desire to attend an HBCU even as an undergraduate student at Eastern Michigan University where she majored in Broadcast Journalism. Upon visiting her friends in Atlanta, Georgia, they went to the Atlanta University Student Center and she was astounded by the ambience of the black college environment. It reminded her of the television shows she watched as a young girl. “It was so nice to see all the people who looked like me,” she said. “They represented so many diverse backgrounds, too. When they visited the downtown area of Atlanta, she was impressed by the number of black professionals scurrying about. “There were black folks everywhere! As I sat in front of the impressive AT&T Building, I said ‘I’m going to work here one day and eventually I did!”


“One of my most enjoyable experiences about attending Clark Atlanta University was the number of nationally renowned professors who chose to work there and help shape our futures,” Jackson said. “I appreciated the opportunity to have attended both a majority and minority university. The social aspect was enjoyable when I could find the time to participate, but my program was so demanding that I had to stay focused. Being there was a lot of fun, though.” She was equally impressed with the number of corporate sponsors and employers who visited the campus to recruit future graduates. There were companies that we wouldn’t typically “have known of if we hadn’t been introduced to them at Clark Atlanta.” Companies like Home Depot, Chick Filet, AT&T were cited among them.


“One of the down sides about attending the HBCU, from my perspective was what appeared to be an ineffective financial aid process which was most challenging at times,” Carter-Jackson said.  “There was favoritism and nepotism in the distribution of funds. Small groups and cliques were established all over the place and they often received financial aid priority. Groupwork in the MBA program is essential for academic s