Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
In 1764, Quaker Philanthropist, and Tortola Island native Richard Humphries, migrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Deeply troubled by the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans, Humphries felt compelled to help in any way he could. Following the 1829 Philadelphia race riots, Humphries wrote his will: In it he gave 1/10th of his estate, amounting to $10,000, to the establishment of a school designed specifically to train African Americans as teachers.
On its 1837 founding date, what later became known as Cheyney University, was christened as the African Institute. Both the school’s name and its location, changed several times until settling in Delaware where, after becoming a founding member of The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, it was renamed Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, in 1983. Today, the co-educational university has two campuses: the main one located in the aforementioned Delaware County, and its “Center City” campus found in Philadelphia. Its Delaware location is a suburban 275-acre campus, stretching over 29 buildings. The university also offers a range of more than just teaching-focused disciplines.
Cheyney University is a small campus with less than 2,000 students enrolled. Of these students, a large number of races, nationalities, and cultures are represented. It's Academic Success Center provides year-long academic support to students in need of extra help with course material. Additionally, each student is a member of the Student Government Cooperative Association (SGCA) which puts together events. This, in conjunction with the over 30 student organisations - which include ‘Students Organised Against Poverty’, the ‘Muslim Student Association’, University Band, as well as, the sorority and fraternity chapters prominent in the United States - makes for an exciting, lively, and vibrant educational environment.
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