When John Moseley, president of the University of Lincoln, recently discussed his vision of the Missouri institution with a local newspaper, described that the university had dual identities. He pointed out that it is a historically black university, founded by black soldiers who fought in the Civil War, which attracts black students from a handful of main Metropolitan areas throughout the country. He also described it as a "regional" university rooted in the center of Missouri, a predominantly white area, which has led to a student body that is approximately 40 percent white.

Lincoln's description as "regional" the institution with a double role rubbed Sherman Bonds, the president of the National Student Association of the University of Lincoln, in the wrong way and broke into its own perception of his alma mater. He wrote an essay in response entitled "A framework for collective dialogue", expressing concern about the president's emphasis on recruiting students from the region and arguing that he minimized the legacy of the university as a historically black university and its wide national attraction.

"The tone of the narrative was disconcerting," Bonds wrote in the essay this month. "He presented African -American" space "as a renegotiable platform that could be reduced to the state of a regional university, which decreases national and international prominence of the institution." Bond called the comparison with a regional university "an insult."

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said he received positive comments about the Test of other students by email and on social networks. But he fears that his comment has been misunderstood by local media after an article in News Tribune implied that he and Moseley do not "see the eyes" about the identity of the university. He does not consider that he disagrees with the president, but he believes they have a difference in perspective. While he sees nothing wrong with the university to continue to register large percentages of local white students, he does not agree with the notion that drawing these students gives Lincoln a second mission or identity.

"does not affect the identity of the institution," he said. “Recruits where you want to recruit and whoever you come ... The institution is a historical university and university founded by color infants 62 and 65. That does not change. It is a black university, and you can come. ”

On his part, Moseley believes that Lincoln's diversity creates dual identities that can coexist.

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"There are those, mainly from the Metropolitan areas, which choose Lincoln because we are a HBCU and are looking for HBCU's traditional experience, for which I have a lot of thanks," Moseley, which is white, said in a interview. "But for us, there are also several students of vicinity of all the races that attend the institution due to our value, our affordability, the quality of the education they receive and the fact that it is close to their home, so it arrives Even higher cost savings for the student. ” "It covers the region" but does not characterize the university as a central institution of Missouri. H2 Class = "Block-Title"> Related stories

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