Addressing the LINCOLN EXPERIENCE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO “GET WHAT YOU PUT IN” TO YOUR TIME AT LU
by Nia A. Lassiter
“I was 21, and I told my mom I’m going to DC for grad-school… I was told they were recruiting, I took a chance on myself… I interviewed, they hired me.”
– Nicole E. Webb ‘15
Many students begin to question the value of a Lincoln experience when they choose to listen to subjective ideas such as, “The Lincoln University does not put individuals in a position to thrive” or “going to an HBCU does not prepare you for the real world.” Ladies, and gentlemen, these are alternative facts; you get what you put in!
Living proof of pouring into your HBCU experience is Nicole E. Webb, a Lincoln Alumna ’15 who is an Emmy award- winning executive producer for WBOC TV-16, multimedia journalist, poet, blogger, author and educator who has taken time to teach courses at LU, and fulfill her passions of giving back to her Alma Mater.
At LU, Webb was Founder of the Lincoln University Association of Black Journalists, a member of I.S.P.I.T., Mary Dod Brown Memorial Chapel, Student Govt. Association (VPEA), Black Men in America Forensic Society, and The National Society of Leadership and Success.
“Lincoln afforded me the opportunity to own my blackness, and not only create a safe space for me to own my blackness, but taught me how to be a Black person in America…it gave me the reality.”
Webb recalls writing petitions, rallying with students, portraying Black activism and being the voice of the students during her time serving in SGA as the Vice President of External Affairs. She continues to uphold her strong work ethic at her station (WBOC-TV16) where she also serves as a compelling voice for people of color.
Nicole says going to an HBCU indeed prepared her for the real world. She affirmed,“Lincoln afforded me the opportunity to own my blackness, and not only create a safe space for me to own my blackness, but taught me how to be a Black person in America…it gave me the reality.”