Archive for February, 2019

Illinois Schools Collaborate to Launch STEM Tech Camp for Teens From Underrepresented Groups

Illinois Schools Collaborate to Launch STEM Tech Camp for Teens From Underrepresented Groups

Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the Illinois Institute of Technology have partnered with the Oakland-based Kapor Center to launch the Illinois SMASH Academy, a 5-week, all-expenses paid STEM summer camp for high school students from underrepresented groups.

In Memoriam: Yvonne Young Clark, 1929-2019

In Memoriam: Yvonne Young Clark, 1929-2019

In 1956, Professor Clark joined the faculty at what was then Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State University in Nashville. Clark retired as a professor emerita in 2011 at what is now Tennessee State University after serving on the faculty for 55 years.

Statue of George H.W. Bush on Hampton University Campus Creates Controversy

Statue of George H.W. Bush on Hampton University Campus Creates Controversy

Those who oppose honoring President Bush with a statue on campus noted that the late-President had a history of opposing civil rights, appointed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, and used the racist Willie Horton advertisement during his bid for the White House.

The Racial Gap in Traditional High School Completion Rates

The Racial Gap in Traditional High School Completion Rates

The highest Black student high school graduation rate was in the state of Alabama. The lowest high school graduation rate for Blacks was in the state of Minnesota. Wisconsin had the largest racial gap in high school graduation rates of 25.7 percentage points.

Report Finds Large Disparities in Black Student Representation at Selective Public Universities

Report Finds Large Disparities in Black Student Representation at Selective Public Universities

A new brief from Demos, a nonprofit organization in Washington and New York working to promote democracy and equality, finds that most states have very far to go in making their selective institutions representative of the population of their state.

Saint Augustine's University President Everett B. Ward Announces His Retirement

Saint Augustine’s University President Everett B. Ward Announces His Retirement

Everett B. Ward, president of historically Black Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, will step down in July. The university recently was removed from accreditation probation status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Study Finds White Teachers of Black Students More Likely to Punish Students for Misbehavior

Study Finds White Teachers of Black Students More Likely to Punish Students for Misbehavior

A new study finds that White teachers in majority-Black classrooms have more negative, highly charged interactions with students regarding classroom behavior than White teachers in predominately White classrooms and Black teachers in predominately Black classrooms.

Bennett College Smashes Fundraising Goal in Effort to Retain Accreditation

Bennett College Smashes Fundraising Goal in Effort to Retain Accreditation

In order to demonstrate to the commission that Bennett is financial stable, President Dawkins initiated an emergency “Stand With Bennett” fundraising drive that had a goal of raising $5 million by February 1. The college raised at least $8.2 million.

James Haywood Rolling Jr. Voted President-Elect of the National Art Education Association

James Haywood Rolling Jr. Voted President-Elect of the National Art Education Association

Professor Rolling is a professor of art education in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and a professor of teaching and leadership in the School of Education. He also serves as director of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Study Finds Evidence of Implicit Bias Against Black Boys Among Pre-School Aged Children

Study Finds Evidence of Implicit Bias Against Black Boys Among Pre-School Aged Children

Across two implicit bias experiments, children favored the images they saw after viewing faces of White children over those following images they were shown after viewing faces of Black children. In particular, children rated neutral images significantly less positively if they followed pictures of Black boys.

Dana Williams to Lead the Howard University Graduate School

Dana Williams to Lead the Howard University Graduate School

Dana Williams has been named interim dean of the Howard University Graduate School. She is chair of the department of English and a professor of African American literature. She has been a Howard University faculty member since 2003.

Three African American Scholars Appointed to New Teaching Posts at Colleges and  Universities

Three African American Scholars Appointed to New Teaching Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new teaching assignments are Sherika Hill at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Otis W. Brawley at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Stephen Hayes at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Senators Reintroduce Bill to Authorize HBCU Historic Preservation Program Through 2025

Senators Reintroduce Bill to Authorize HBCU Historic Preservation Program Through 2025

The new bill would authorize funding through the year 2025 for grants to restore buildings and historic sites on the campuses of historically Black colleges and universities, as well as improve accessibility on many HBCU campuses.

A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Selected to Receive Prestigious Honors

A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Selected to Receive Prestigious Honors

The honorees are Mercy Mumba of the College of Nursing at the University of Alabama, Paulette Brown Bracey, professor of library science at North Carolina Central University, and LaDelle Olion, professor of special education at Fayetteville State Univeraity in North Carolina.

National Security Agency Designates North Carolina A&T State University as a Featured School

National Security Agency Designates North Carolina A&T State University as a Featured School

North Carolina A&T State University has been a National Center of Excellence for eight years, promoting higher education and research in the critical area of cyber defense. Some 70 alumni of North Carolina A&T are employees of the National Security Agency.

New Administrative Duties in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

New Administrative Duties in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Tennessee State University Partners With FedEx to Bring Back Student Leadership Program

Tennessee State University Partners With FedEx to Bring Back Student Leadership Program

Historically Black Tennessee State University has partnered with FedEx to reinstitute a program that trains and develops students with top leadership skills to help them be more competitive in the workforce.