Called out for their lack of diversity in the wake of George Floyd’s death, fashion companies are stepping up their efforts to recruit more Black employees by scouting talent at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Many HBCUs have developed burgeoning fashion programs, including Howard University, Clark Atlanta University, and Bowie State University. When most people think of fashion design schools, they focus on the big-name schools in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and London including Parsons, FIT, FIDM, and Central Saint Martins.
While these schools have produced some of the most notable fashion industry talents, they aren’t the only institutions out there. HBCUs have been fighting tooth and nail to ensure their students stand a chance of landing positions with notable fashion companies post-graduation.