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NSU, Coast Guard Host HBCU Summit

Norfolk State University partnered with the United States Coast Guard to host the 2018 HBCU Summit Tuesday, Nov. 27 on the university campus.  Norfolk State, along with Elizabeth City State, Hampton and Virginia State universities participated and are all part of the Coast Guard's College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative. The initiative is part of diversifying the Coast Guard. Students in CSPI are enlisted in the Coast Guard, complete basic training, and receive full funding for two years of college, plus a full-time salary and benefits.

NSU Interim President Dr. Melvin T. Stith Sr. said that diversity of the military is a national security imperative, which impacts both our national readiness and the effectiveness of our military's global reach. "When our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen participate in joint operations or set foot on foreign soil, their diversity sends a clear message to both our friends and adversaries, a message of inclusiveness that says to the world that America practices what it preaches, and that we are a nation of equal opportunity for all citizens," said Stith in his welcome letter to Summit participants.

Coast-Guard-Dog.jpgThe Coast Guard is a branch of the U.S. military and is responsible for maritime law enforcement in domestic and international waters. Among its duties are maritime law enforcement, drug and migrant interdiction, search and rescue missions, disaster response, marine safety and marine environmental protection.

As part of the summit, the Coast Guard gave attendees a first-hand look at some of its equipment and interdiction, which included a special purpose watercraft and canine detection team. Additionally, a 9500-pound helicopter used for search and rescue as well as drug interdiction landed on the academic quadrangle and was open for the campus to view.