"For HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) it's a huge thing because it puts us first, it allows the students to know that their votes matter. You know, a lot of students think that their votes don't matter. So, the fact that they're coming here to this college, they chose this college out of all the colleges in Houston to come here and show the diversity and what they're standing on, so I feel that it increases the student engagement in politics."
"It truly gets the students to know the candidates, actually get to know their platform, what they stand on, truly to be more politically aware. I am very glad that they chose this campus and it also shows that they're truly for for diversity because a lot of times, especially in the workforce nowadays, like, a lot of things is getting more and more diverse."
"Just attending an HBCU personally, and having the opportunity to attend the debate, having the opportunity for the debate to be here, I feel like it's one in a lifetime opportunity. And I feel like most of the students here understand that."
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Michael Adams, Political Science, Texas Southern University:
"We are steeped in history. We are standing here in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. There are very few HBCUs who have had two elected members of Congress."