Three African American Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

Anita Hill, an equal rights advocate, lawyer, and professor at Brandeis University, is the recipient of the PEN Courage Award. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment and advancing equity in the workplace. At Brandeis, she teaches courses on gender, race, social policy, and legal history. She also advises administrators on strategic plans and workplace discrimination cases. Professor Hill is the author of Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home (Beacon Press, 2011). She will receive her award at the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala.

Professor Hill is a graduate of Yale Law School.

Barbara Lofton, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, has received the Exemplary Public Service Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education. The award recognizes individuals for their work to develop and implement community, political, or business programs to encourage Black Americans in those sectors. At Walton College, Dr. Lofton oversees diversity programs and scholarships. She also manages programs to recruit and retain minority students including summer camps and business competitions.

Dr. Lofton is a graduate of Jackson State University in Mississippi where she majored in health, physical education, and recreation. She holds a master’s degree in recreation education from the University of Iowa and an educational doctorate from Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Steve D. Mobley Jr., an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Alabama, has received two awards from the American College of Personnel Association. He received the Tracy David Emerging Research Award from the ACPA’s Coalition on Men and Masculinities for his outstanding research on men and masculinity. He also received the 2019 Research Recognition Award from the ACPA’s Coalition of Sexuality and Gender Identities in recognition of his ongoing research on LGBTQ issues.

Dr. Mobley is a magna cum laude graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in communication and culture and minored in secondary education. He holds a master’s degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from the University of Maryland.

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