Archive for August, 2020

Grambling State University Enters Partnership to Provide Four New Certificate Programs

Grambling State University Enters Partnership to Provide Four New Certificate Programs

Historically Black Grambling State University in Louisiana has entered into a partnership to offer four new certificate programs: Gold Certified Personal Trainer Certification; Fitness Management Certification; Lifestyle Wellness Coaching Certification; and Senior Fitness Specialist Certification.

Four Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Major Universities

Four Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Major Universities

The four Black scholars named to endowed chairs are Barbara Ransby at the University Illinois at Chicago, Kiese Laymon at the University of Mississippi. Annette Gordon-Reed at Harvard University, and Wayne A. I. Frederick at Howard University.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro Creates Black Lives Matter Archive

University of North Carolina at Greensboro Creates Black Lives Matter Archive

Collecting for the project is ongoing, and the archive is particularly interested in photographs, video, protest signs, clothing, flyers, posters, and creative works. The material can be historic, originating with the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, as well as current.

In Memoriam: Gus T. Ridgel, 1925-2020

In Memoriam: Gus T. Ridgel, 1925-2020

Dr. Ridgel was a member of Concerned Student 1950, the first group of African-American students admitted to the University of Missouri. He was admitted to the graduate program in economics in 1950 after civil rights groups won a court ruling desegregating the university. He earned a master’s degree a year later.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

Recent Books 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. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

The Amazing Woman Who Was the First Black Graduate of New Mexico State University

The Amazing Woman Who Was the First Black Graduate of New Mexico State University

Clara Belle Drisdale Williams’ professors did not allow her inside the lecture room because she was African American. She took notes while standing in the hallway. When she graduated in 1937 at the age of 51, she was not permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony.

What Happens to African American College Graduates After They Get Their Degree?

What Happens to African American College Graduates After They Get Their Degree?

Blacks are more likely than Whites to apply to and enroll in postbaccalaureate degree or certificate programs. More than 84 percent of Black students took out loans to pay for their postbaccalaureate programs compared to 59.5 percent of Whites.

Howard Spearman Named the First African American President of Rock Valley College

Howard Spearman Named the First African American President of Rock Valley College

Most recently, Dr. Spearman served as the vice president of student affairs and chief student services officer for Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. From 2011-2019, Dr. Spearman served in several administrative roles at Rock Valley College.

UNCF Survey Shows How COVID-19 Impacts Students at Private HBCUs

UNCF Survey Shows How COVID-19 Impacts Students at Private HBCUs

The United Negro College Fund has released the results of its Pulse Survey of students at member institutions. The survey found that 8 percent of the respondents said they would not return to school if all instruction was online. Another 16 percent said they would be unlikely to return if there was only online instruction.

Arlie Petters to Become Provost at the Abu Dhabi Campus of New York University

Arlie Petters to Become Provost at the Abu Dhabi Campus of New York University

Dr. Petters has been serving as Benjamin Powell Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is the former dean of academic affairs for the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke. He will begin his new duties on September 1.

University Study Finding Persisting Racial Bias by Ridesharing Drivers

University Study Finding Persisting Racial Bias by Ridesharing Drivers

A new study, by researchers at Indiana University and American University, shows that biases against underrepresented groups continued to exist after drivers accepted a ride request — when the rider’s picture would then be displayed. This resulted in higher cancellation rates compared to White riders.

Lesley-Ann L. Dupigny-Giroux Elected President of the American Association of State Climatologists

Lesley-Ann L. Dupigny-Giroux Elected President of the American Association of State Climatologists

Lesley-Ann L. Dupigny-Giroux is a professor of geography at the University of Vermont. Dr. Dupigny-Giroux’s research focuses on hydroclimatic natural hazards and climate literacy as well as the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems in the fields of spatial climate and land-surface processes.