Six Elizabeth City State University students and two faculty joined students and
faculty from four additional Historically Black Universities for an Oct. 22 discussion
of issues central to the presidential election. The goal was for students to anticipate
the topics that would not only be debated by the two candidates for president of the
United States, but topics that are central to voters.
Margery Coulson-Clark and Dr. Kwabena Boansi gathered students majoring in political
science and history for the session held in ECSU's Moore Hall. The group was linked
via live video broadcast with participants at Fayetteville State University, North
Carolina A & T State University, Winston-Salem State University and North Carolina
Central University. Students identified the economy, health care, the rise of China
and the fall of Libya as central to the presidential debates. They also said economic
recovery, the availability of jobs, and health care are topics of greatest concern
ECSU student participants were Andy Reid, Weldon Jones, Tavion Garner, Tyler Christian
and Justin Wendell.
ECSU is one of five Historically Black Colleges and Universities benefiting from a
$2 million Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant awarded to North Carolina
Central University's School of Law. The program, Technology Assisted Legal Instruction
and Services (TALIAS), is a live, interactive, videoconference series which originates
at the NCCU School of Law and is broadcast to participating host sites such as ECSU.
Usually, an attorney leads the discussion and welcomes questions from audience members
at each site. On this occasion, the discussion involved students and professors from
the participating universities' history and political science departments.