Two HBCU alumni spend time on the podcast helping alumni two social issues that affect African Americans.
UNDERSTANDING FAIR HOUSING
Jeffrey May, a fair housing professional and advocate, pays the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast a visit to give insight about citizens’ rights. The assistant director of National Neighbors gives an understanding of the Fair Housing Act and he also talks about how housing discrimination adversely affects people of color. National Neighbors is a program of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.
A national expert on fair housing planning and affordable housing, May is also the former executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. He earned his B.A. in Sociology from Southern University at New Orleans.
THE UNKNOWN WORLD OF SOCIAL WORK
When many of us think about the field of social work, we think of crowded offices of cases workers talking to “hard luck case” citizens. Cassandra Smith, a licensed clinical social worker, blows that stereotype up during her discussion with the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast about the many dimensions of the field. She also gives insight about why the field is so important to African Americans and why it is a successful academic program at many HBCUs.
Smith is the executive director and clinical program director of OPS Family Care. She is also a professor of Social Work at Southern University at New Orleans. She is an alumna of Clark Atlanta.