Professional Schools

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.

Indiana University Business School Launches Recruitment Program for Minority Students

Indiana University Business School Launches Recruitment Program for Minority Students

The Meet-Educate-Experience-Transition (MEET) Kelley program will bring two groups of rising high school seniors – one male and one female – from across the United States to campus this summer for a week of instruction, campus activities, and a case competition.

The Next Dean of the George Washington University School of Law

The Next Dean of the George Washington University School of Law

For the past seven years, Professor Blake D. Morant has been dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Also, he is the president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools.

Product of Foster Care System Accepted at Nine Different Medical Schools

Product of Foster Care System Accepted at Nine Different Medical Schools

Festus Ohan was removed from the care of his mother at the age of 5. When he was 13, his father abandoned him and one of his two sisters. He was placed in foster care. Only 2 percent of children placed in foster homes earn degrees from four-year colleges but Ohan beat the odds.

The Next Dean of the University of Houston Law Center

The Next Dean of the University of Houston Law Center

Leonard M. Baynes, a professor at the School of Law of St. John’s University in Queens, New York, has been selected as the next dean of the University of Houston Law Center. He will begin his new job on August 15.

Wendell Pritchett to Serve as Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Wendell Pritchett to Serve as Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

In February 2014, Wendell Pritchett announced that he was joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Now the law school says he will serve as dean for the 2014-15 academic year.

Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Heading Back to Penn Law School

Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Heading Back to Penn Law School

Wendell Pritchett, chancellor of the Camden campus of Rutgers University, is stepping down in June and will take a position as Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Guide Names Its Choices of the Best Law Schools for Blacks

Guide Names Its Choices of the Best Law Schools for Blacks

The Black Student’s Guide To Law Schools lists Harvard Law School as the top law school for Blacks. Stanford University and the University of Chicago rank second and third. In fourth place is the law school at historically Black Howard University.

Barbara Broome Chosen as Dean of the College of Nursing at Kent State University

Barbara Broome Chosen as Dean of the College of Nursing at Kent State University

Currently, Dr. Broome is associate dean and chair of the department of community-mental health at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing. She will take on her new role in March 2014.

Jacquelyn Bridgeman to Lead the College of Law at the University of Wyoming

Jacquelyn Bridgeman to Lead the College of Law at the University of Wyoming

Professor Bridgeman is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Chicago Law School. She has served as associate dean of the University of Wyoming law school since 2010 and has been on the faculty since 2002.