Reactions continue to pour in about the new Appropriate Attire Policy established at Morehouse College. In an article for the Philadelphia Tribune, Cheyney alumni, Michael Coard had this to say:
“It’s a great thing that there is a dress code at Morehouse. However, I wish it were not necessary. I wish the young Black men and women were practical enough to realize that appearance counts for everything.”
Coard went on to say that people are gauged by personal appearance.
“We are taught by our parents that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but in the real world that’s exactly what people do. The only thing that they can see is the cover,” he said. “You can’t get to the pages of the book until you get past the cover. And if the cover looks like a piece of trash, you’ll never get to the diamonds beneath that trash.”
Attire on college campuses is not just an HBCU issue. It is an issue with many college students in general.
At stake here though is an erosion of the Morehouse brand and in a competitive job marketplace, students at all HBCU’s should be thinking about how to take control of their university’s brand as well as their own personal brand. It is a major key to long term career success.
Get more on personal branding here and read the complete article on the new Morehouse policy at the Philly Tribune!