Delaware State University (DSU) has partnered with nonprofit organization Braven to provide support and resources to college students facing systemic hurdles. Braven aims to help students from humble backgrounds who may not have access to the professional skills necessary for higher-paying jobs due to circumstances beyond their control.
DSU is the first public historically black college to partner with Braven, and many of its students are also first-generation college students. This partnership will offer a 3-credit course that focuses on developing leadership skills and gaining professional experience. Additionally, students will have access to leadership coaches who can provide guidance and support.
Founded in 2013, Braven is dedicated to empowering underrepresented young people, including first-generation college students, those from low-income backgrounds, and students of color. The organization strives to connect these students with the skills, experiences, and networks required to secure strong first jobs.
DSU President Tony Allen emphasizes the importance of connecting students with professionals who have been through similar experiences. By learning from those who have already navigated the challenges of the professional world, students can gain valuable insights and inspiration. Allen believes that Braven’s partnership with DSU will provide the necessary support for students to thrive in their future careers.
Over the next five years, this collaboration between DSU and Braven aims to serve between 2,100 and 2,500 students. By providing access to essential resources and support, this partnership has the potential to make a significant impact on the lives and futures of DSU students.