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A Healthy Increase in Black Students at U.S. Medical Schools

A Healthy Increase in Black Students at U.S. Medical Schools

This year 21,020 students entered medical school for the first time. Of these, 1,771 identified themselves as Black or African American. This is an increase of nearly 27 percent from three years ago. In 2016, Blacks made up 8.4 percent of new entrants to U.S. medical schools.

Columbia University to Open a New Wellness Center in West Harlem

Columbia University to Open a New Wellness Center in West Harlem

The new Wellness Center will house the Community Health Worker Stroke Prevention program and the Mental Health First Aid program. The Wellness Center will also provide free blood pressure readings and cholesterol tests.

Survey Finds Large Percentage of Graduate Students of Color at Yale Face Bias

Survey Finds Large Percentage of Graduate Students of Color at Yale Face Bias

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate at Yale University released a new survey that found that more than 70 percent of all Black graduate or professional students reported incidents of bias, harassment or discrimination.

Medical University of South Carolina Becoming More Diverse

Medical University of South Carolina Becoming More Diverse

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Medical University of South Carolina enrolls the fifth highest number of African American students among medical schools that are not considered historically Black institutions.

Thirty NFL Players Complete an Executive MBA Program at the University of Miami

Thirty NFL Players Complete an Executive MBA Program at the University of Miami

Some 30 current or former players in the National Football League, most of them African Americans, were among the program’s first graduating class.

The Top Undergraduate Feeder Institutions of African Americans to U.S. Medical Schools

The Top Undergraduate Feeder Institutions of African Americans to U.S. Medical Schools

During the 2015-16 academic year, the University of Florida graduated 109 students who applied to U.S. medical schools. This was 2.2 percent of all Black students who applied to medical schools in the United States. Nearly 14 percent of all graduates of Spelman College applied to medical school.

Linda Scott Is a Finalist for Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Linda Scott Is a Finalist for Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Linda Scott is the associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Nursing of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also serves as an associate professor of health systems science and director of graduate studies.

Camille A. Nelson Named Dean of the Law School at American University

Camille A. Nelson Named Dean of the Law School at American University

Professor Nelson was dean of the Suffolk University Law School in Boston from 2010 to 2015. Earlier, she taught at the law school of Saint Louis University. A native of Jamaica, Professor Nelson was the first Black woman to clerk for Canada’s highest court.

Michelle Williams to Lead the Harvard School of Public Health

Michelle Williams to Lead the Harvard School of Public Health

Since 2011, Dr. Williams has served as the Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and chair of the department of epidemiology at the school. Earlier she taught at the University of Washington.

Yale Bestows Further Honors on the First Black Person to Donate Money to the University

Yale Bestows Further Honors on the First Black Person to Donate Money to the University

Mary K. Goodman, a Black laundry woman in New Haven, Connecticut, died in 1872. She left her life savings of $5,000 to Yale University to support the education of African American divinity students.

A Check-Up on Black Progress in Dental School Enrollments

A Check-Up on Black Progress in Dental School Enrollments

The data shows that the number of Black applicants to U.S. dental schools has declined by 7.5 percent over the past four years. In 2014, Blacks were 4.3 percent of all new students enrolling in U.S. dental schools. This is down slightly from recent years.

Harvard Law Students Protest the School's Seal

Harvard Law Students Protest the School’s Seal

The students say that the seal, depicting three bushels of wheat, is an image taken from the family seal of Isaac Royall Jr. who donated his estate to endow the first professorship in law at Harvard. Royall owned slaves and was a slave trader.

A Check-Up on the Racial Gap in Medical School Applications and Enrollments

A Check-Up on the Racial Gap in Medical School Applications and Enrollments

In 2015, the number of Black applicants to U.S. medical schools was up a whopping 16.8 percent from 2014. Blacks were 7.6 percent of all medical school matriculants in 2015. This was up from 6.9 percent in 2014.

The Inaugural Dean of the School of Public Health at Jackson State University

The Inaugural Dean of the School of Public Health at Jackson State University

Dorothy C. Browne has been serving as an adjunct professor of maternal and child welfare in the School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the former director of the Public Health Institute at North Carolina A&T State University.

Danielle Laraque-Arena Named President of SUNY's Upstate Medical University

Danielle Laraque-Arena Named President of SUNY’s Upstate Medical University

A native of Haiti, Dr. Laraque-Arena has been serving as chair of the department of pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and as a professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

University of Phoenix Partners With U.S. Black Chambers for Entrepreneur Training

University of Phoenix Partners With U.S. Black Chambers for Entrepreneur Training

The USBC Step Up Entrepreneurs Program will consist of a three-week online course of study that will educate students in cash flow, market analysis, and financial performance. They will then create a business plan that can be submitted to a financial institution for funding of their enterprise.

The New Dean of the School of Business at Claflin University in South Carolina

The New Dean of the School of Business at Claflin University in South Carolina

Charles W. Richardson Jr., the new dean of the School of Business at Claflin University, previously taught at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, and Clark Atlanta University. He served for 25 years as an executive at AT&T.

Virginia Tech's Summer Program Seeks to Increase Diversity at Its Medical School

Virginia Tech’s Summer Program Seeks to Increase Diversity at Its Medical School

Hampton University students selected for the internship program receive guaranteed admission to the medical school so long as they graduate from Hampton with honors and achieve a threshold score on the Medical College Admission Test.

Why Black Men Are Making No Progress in Medical Education

Why Black Men Are Making No Progress in Medical Education

In 1978, 1,410 Black males applied to U.S. medical schools. In 2014, the figure was 1,337. In 2014, women were 62.2 percent of all African Americans who applied to medical school. In every other major racial or ethnic group, men were a majority of all applicants.

Yale Divinity School Lands an Esteemed African American Scholar

Yale Divinity School Lands an Esteemed African American Scholar

Willie James Jennings was an associate professor of theology and Black church studies at Duke University Divinity School. He is the the 2015 winner of the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Only Half of the Law Schools at HBCUs Have a Majority of Blacks in Their Student Bodies

Only Half of the Law Schools at HBCUs Have a Majority of Blacks in Their Student Bodies

This brief snapshot of the six law schools at historically Black universities compares enrollments, selectivity, and bar passage rates.

The Next Dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine

The Next Dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine

Dr. David S. Wilkes has been serving as executive associate dean for research affairs at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a board-certified specialist in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine.

Vanderbilt University Is the Latest Partner of Management Leadership for Tomorrow

Vanderbilt University Is the Latest Partner of Management Leadership for Tomorrow

Under the partnership, MLT will help recruit minority MBA students to Vanderbilt. Then MLT will provide these students with skills and tools needed to be successful in business school and in the corporate arena.

University of Baltimore Aims to Prepare Maryland HBCU Students for Law School

University of Baltimore Aims to Prepare Maryland HBCU Students for Law School

Students who complete the Baltimore Scholars Program, score at least 152 on the LSAT, and have a college grade point average of 3.5 or better receive a full scholarship to the University of Baltimore law school.

Talmadge King Jr. to Lead the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Talmadge King Jr. to Lead the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

For the past nine years, Dr. King has been chair of the department of medicine at the university. He joined the faculty at the medical school in 1997 after teaching at the University of Colorado.

Hugh Mighty to Lead the Howard University College of Medicine

Hugh Mighty to Lead the Howard University College of Medicine

Dr. Mighty has been serving as vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. Earlier in his career, he was on the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

University of Washington School of Law Aims to Increase Diversity

University of Washington School of Law Aims to Increase Diversity

Students from underrepresented groups who are selected for the new fellows program will receive paid summer internships at area law firms or in the legal departments of area corporations after completing their first year of law school.

LeRoy Pernell Stepping Down as Dean of the College of Law at Florida A&M University

LeRoy Pernell Stepping Down as Dean of the College of Law at Florida A&M University

Professor Pernell became dean in 2008. Previously he served for 10 years as dean of the College of Law at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He will now return to his full-time faculty position at the FAMU law school.

Howard University Makes a Significant Move Up in Law School Rankings

Howard University Makes a Significant Move Up in Law School Rankings

The Howard University School of Law ranked 110th in the listings posted by U.S. News and World Report. Howard was the only law school at a historically Black university to be included in the listings.

New Support Group for Black Psychiatry Residents at Yale Medical School

New Support Group for Black Psychiatry Residents at Yale Medical School

Members of the psychiatry residency program at the Yale University School of Medicine have formed the Yale Solomon Carter Fuller Association in honor of the nation’s first Black psychiatrist.

Eli Jones Named Dean of the Business School at Texas A&M University

Eli Jones Named Dean of the Business School at Texas A&M University

Dr. Jones currently holds the Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair and is dean of the College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He has also served as dean of the business school at Louisiana State University.

Study Finds Increased Racial Segregation of Law School Students

Study Finds Increased Racial Segregation of Law School Students

The study found that Black students were more likely to enroll in less selective law schools in 2013 than they were in 2010 and were less likely to enroll in highly selective law schools than they were in 2010.

Ranking the Top Law Schools by Their Percentage of Black Students

Ranking the Top Law Schools by Their Percentage of Black Students

At none of the 15 highest-ranked law schools do Black enrollments reach 9 percent. Harvard Law School ranks first with Black enrollments of 8.7 percent.

African Americans Still Significantly Underrepresented at U.S. Medical Schools

African Americans Still Significantly Underrepresented at U.S. Medical Schools

In 2014, African Americans were 8.1 percent of all applicants to U.S. medical schools. Blacks were 6.9 percent of the students who matriculated at U.S. medical schools in 2014.

Professor Lonnie Brown Is One of Four Finalists for Dean of the University of Georgia Law School

Professor Lonnie Brown Is One of Four Finalists for Dean of the University of Georgia Law School

Professor Brown is the associate dean of academic affairs at the law school. He joined the faculty at the law school in 2002 and currently holds the A. Gus Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism.

Cornell MBA Students Help Local Minority Firms Increase Their Business With the University

Cornell MBA Students Help Local Minority Firms Increase Their Business With the University

The effort is part of the university’s Supplier Diversity Initiative aimed at having university departments achieve a greater percentage of their procurements from minority-owned and women-owned firms.