Archive for March, 2012

How Race Impacts the Healthcare Debate

How Race Impacts the Healthcare Debate

A new study shows that White Americans have different levels of support of healthcare reform depending on the race of the person they believed offered the proposal.

The PhD Project Moves AHEAD

The PhD Project Moves AHEAD

The nonprofit, which has been successful in increasing the number of minority professors at business schools, sets its sights on increasing diversity in administrative posts.

Alabama A&M President Addresses Louis Farrakhan's Planned Visit to Campus

Alabama A&M President Addresses Louis Farrakhan’s Planned Visit to Campus

The leader of the Nation of Islam is scheduled to speak on campus on April 10. He was invited by a student group, the Alabama A&M Democrats.

Howard University Students Win Energy Savings Competition

Howard University Students Win Energy Savings Competition

In a student-led campaign, Howard University reduced energy consumption by 14 percent, besting other area universities.

Winston-Salem State University to Eliminate Three Men's Sports Teams

Winston-Salem State University to Eliminate Three Men’s Sports Teams

The director of athletics stated that the cuts will enable the university’s remaining sports teams to be more competitive.

New LGBT Resource Center at Bowie State University

New LGBT Resource Center at Bowie State University

The university says the center is the first of its kind on the campus of a state-operated historically Black college or university.

Editorial Cartoon Creates an Uproar at the University of Texas

Editorial Cartoon Creates an Uproar at the University of Texas

The editorial board of the student newspaper issued a strongly worded apology for publishing the cartoon relating to the Trayvon Martin case.

Robin Holmes Identified as One of Three Candidates for Key Post at Virginia Tech

Robin Holmes Identified as One of Three Candidates for Key Post at Virginia Tech

She currently is vice president for student affairs and interim vice president for institutional equity and diversity at the University of Oregon.

Study Finds Smoking Rates Are Impacted by the Perception of Racial Discrimination

Study Finds Smoking Rates Are Impacted by the Perception of Racial Discrimination

Jason W. Purnell, of Washington University in St. Louis, was the lead author of a study on the impact of racial discrimination on cigarette smoking behavior.

The First Black Woman Student Body President at Ole Miss

The First Black Woman Student Body President at Ole Miss

Kimberly Dandridge is a rising senior majoring in journalism with a minor in sociology. She hopes to enroll in law school.

Three Black Men Named to Prestigious Faculty Posts

Three Black Men Named to Prestigious Faculty Posts

Marcus C. Bruce at Bates College, Gene A. Jarrett at Boston University, and Stephon H.S. Alexander at Dartmouth College are named to important teaching positions.

Two African American Scholars Win Prestigious Awards

Two African American Scholars Win Prestigious Awards

Barbara Johnson of Northern Illinois University and Peter Williams of the University of Delaware are honored.

Dorothy Strickland Named Fellow of the American Educational Research Association

Dorothy Strickland Named Fellow of the American Educational Research Association

She holds the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Two African American Men Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Two African American Men Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Aaron Austin was named vice president for student life at Bethel College and Kevin Holmes is the new director of admissions at the University of the District of Columbia.

David Harris Named Provost at Tufts University

David Harris Named Provost at Tufts University

He is currently senior associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. He recently served for 16 months in the Obama administration.

Jem Spectar Named a Finalist for Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Jem Spectar Named a Finalist for Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Since 2007, he has served as president of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

African Americans Making Significant Progress in Graduate Nursing Programs

African Americans Making Significant Progress in Graduate Nursing Programs

While the percentage of Blacks in entry-level nursing programs has declined in recent years, Black enrollments in graduate-level nursing programs has surged.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

Racial Incident Reported at the University of Wisconsin

Racial Incident Reported at the University of Wisconsin

Two Black women report that they were subjected to racial slurs and had a glass bottle thrown at them by members of a fraternity.

Duke University President Addresses the Issue of Race

Duke University President Addresses the Issue of Race

Each year Richard H. Brodhead, president of Duke University, addresses the annual meeting of the university faculty. This year, he chose to discuss the issue of race and its impact on the Duke University community.

Susan Price Is Serving as Interim Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System

Susan Price Is Serving as Interim Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System

Since 2004, she has served as vice chancellor of student and instructional services. She stated she is not interested in the job on a permanent basis.

Tufts University Establishes New Office Focusing on Inclusiveness

Tufts University Establishes New Office Focusing on Inclusiveness

Director Katrina Moore says, “Diversity and inclusion are inherent strengths and necessary for excellence, not problems to be resolved.”

In Memoriam: John A. Payton (1946-2012)

In Memoriam: John A. Payton (1946-2012)

Upon hearing of Payton’s death, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous stated, “John Payton was one of the greatest civil rights lawyers our nation has ever had and our world has ever known.”

Penn State Splits African and African American Studies

Penn State Splits African and African American Studies

The Department of African and African American Studies will be split into two separately budgeted academic entities.

Emory University Video Series Highlights Lesser Known Events in Civil Rights History

Emory University Video Series Highlights Lesser Known Events in Civil Rights History

A series of videos entitled “The Hidden History of the Quest for Civil Rights,” offers history lessons on lesser known events of the civil rights struggle.

Davidson College Issues Statement Reaffirming Its Commitment to Diversity

Davidson College Issues Statement Reaffirming Its Commitment to Diversity

Davidson College, the highly rated liberal arts college in Davidson, North Carolina, has issued a statement reaffirming the college’s commitment to promoting diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.

Purdue University Trustee Named CEO of McDonalds

Purdue University Trustee Named CEO of McDonalds

When Don Thompson takes office in July, he will be the first African American CEO of the world’s largest restaurant chain.

A New Master's Degree Program at Alabama State University

A New Master’s Degree Program at Alabama State University

A new master’s degree program in applied technology has been approved and will enroll its first students this fall.

Wilberforce University Will Participate in Decontamination Efforts at Nuclear Site

Wilberforce University Will Participate in Decontamination Efforts at Nuclear Site

The HBCU has signed an agreement with Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, the U.S. Department of Energy’s contractor for the decontamination and decommissioning of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio.

Benefits of Preschool Are More Likely to Accrue to Children of Lower-Income Homes

Benefits of Preschool Are More Likely to Accrue to Children of Lower-Income Homes

A study conducted by a psychologist at the University of Texas finds that the preschool experience can greatly reduce academic achievement gaps between white and nonwhite children and children from rich and poor families.

University Study Finds That Bottling Up Emotions Can Lead to Depression Among Black Men

University Study Finds That Bottling Up Emotions Can Lead to Depression Among Black Men

A new study by Wizdom Powell Hammond of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, finds that Black men who hold back their emotions when confronted with racial discrimination are more likely to become depressed.

48 HBCUs Heading to Los Angeles for the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

48 HBCUs Heading to Los Angeles for the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Teams will participate in an academic quiz tournament based on the old television series, “College Bowl.”

African American Anthropologist at MIT Wins the Levitan Prize in the Humanities

African American Anthropologist at MIT Wins the Levitan Prize in the Humanities

Erica Caple James will use the $25,000 cash prize to conduct research for a book on charitable giving by Muslim Americans in the War on Terror era.

Amber Koonce Named a Luce Scholar

Amber Koonce Named a Luce Scholar

The University of North Carolina senior will spend a year in Asia gaining knowledge of juvenile rights in that region.

Two African American Women Honored by the International Reading Association

Two African American Women Honored by the International Reading Association

Patricia Edwards of Michigan State University and Charline Barnes Rowland of West Virginia University will be honored at the group’s annual meeting in Chicago which convenes in April.