Reboot Charlotte: Johnson C. Smith University's New Diversity
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Johson C. Smith is moving toward the future by recruiting students, faculty and staff from around the world. Laylaa Rendera is one example of how JCSU is becoming a global community. She's South African and left home to study at JCSU. Laylaa says she had never heard of Johnson C. Smith University or Charlotte before deciding to leave home and try her luck here. She says, it was a conversation with JCSU President, Dr. Ronald Carter that convinced her.
Dr. Carter says, the push to make the campus as diverse as possible not only follows the University's mission statement, it also enhances the education students get. He says, "when they (students) graduate, they know how to cross bounderies, without interfering, insulting, but saying through our differences let's discover our sameness."
The student body at JCSU is just over 1500 people strong. University statistics show, 80 percent of the students are black or African American. Just over three percent are International students who have come to the US to study. More than two percent of the student body is hispanic and the remaining nearly 13 percent is composed of students whose background was never specified. However, students say it's not the numbers that count, rather the people. Many students say that's what drew them to JCSU. It's one of the things Dr. Carter hopes will continue to draw even more students from around the world.
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