Having grown up in the Northeast and having faced a lot of racism, it was a great comfort level," said Dozier, who today is vice president of student development at Corning Community College.
Hampton didn't just give Dozier
a better comfort level.It also taught him, a lot.He
left there with bachelor's and master's degrees.
"The education that I received was outstanding," he
Dozier wants young black students in school now to understand what an opportunity they have in the country's 118 historically black colleges and universities, including four in New York and two in Pennsylvania.That's why he's
helped to promote a trip by about 125 students to the Black College Expo on Saturday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
in New York.Dozier
wants to help arm today's African-American students with the information they need to decide if a historically black college or university, such as Hampton, is right for them.As a teenager, he
never knew there were such places until he
heard a friend talk about them.
"Just learning about them, that they actually existed, piqued my interest," he
Students, parents excitedDozier
's son Armani, a Corning-Painted Post West High School senior, will attend the expo, and Dozier will be among several adults accompanying the students.