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RNC Chairman Priebus Addresses HBCU Students

RNC Communications - April 30, 2014

Kicks Off Official Central State University College Republicans Launch

WASHINGTON – Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus today attended the official launch of a new Central State University College Republican Chapter, at the Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

Chairman Priebus toured the CSU campus with Provost Dr. Charles Ford, Jr. and addressed students during a lunchtime Q&A session. “Today is a great day for the Republican Party and for Central State University. No matter which side of the political aisle students find themselves, the addition of a College Republicans chapter ensures more vibrant political discourse on campus and that’s always a good thing,” Priebus said.

The Central State University College Republicans join a growing list of Republican organizations forming at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), including a recent installation at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. It will add to the political discourse on campus, giving students the opportunity to connect and engage with the Republican Party. 

“We’re proud of what we were able to accomplish with the formation of this chapter,” said sophomore Austin Harris, Chairman of the College Republicans at Central State University. “We welcome and support anyone interested in learning more about the Republican Party. Our mission and responsibility is to recruit, mobilize and engage our peers on campus as we work toward sharing a message of expanded opportunity and access to avenues of upward mobility.”

RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day said, “It’s important for our party, and all parties, to engage with young people especially at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. These students will go on to make a positive impact in their communities, our party, and our country. I congratulate these students for demonstrating their commitment to making a difference and look forward to their bright futures.”  

Members from College Republican chapters at nearby universities attended the launch in support of their peers. Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, is one of the nation's oldest historically black universities, with a 125-year legacy of academic and athletic achievements. 


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