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Paul Quinn Students Buy in to Dressing for Success Policy

DALLAS — When Dr. Michael J. Sorrell instituted a business-casual dress policy for his students at Paul Quinn College many years ago, some were a bit hesitant to embrace the idea.

But roam the sprawling private historically Black college today, and you’ll encounter droves of young men and women who don dress suits and blazers as they head to and from class. The dress code has now become a part of Paul Quinn’s culture and uniquely distinguishes them from so many other students attending colleges and universities across the nation.

For Sorrell, who has made national headlines and won praise for turning around the once-troubled Dallas HBCU, the dress code is part of a long-term plan of preparing students to enter the professional workplace—as a college intern or as a graduate—acutely aware of how to dress