University of Maryland Takes Steps to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

University of Maryland Takes Steps to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

In March the report of the Joint President/Senate Inclusion and Respect Task Force was submitted to the University Senate and Wallace C. Loh, president of the university. Now, President Loh has called on the university to begin implementing the proposed changes.

Tennessee State University to Establish the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Memorial Institute

Tennessee State University to Establish the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Memorial Institute

The new initiative to honor Dr. Watkins at Tennessee State will have several components; an endowed scholarship fund for pre-med students, a lecture series on health care and STEM education, and on-campus societies to aid pre-med and STEM students.

Alcorn State University Ranks First Among HBCUs in Student Experience Rankings

Alcorn State University Ranks First Among HBCUs in Student Experience Rankings

Alcorn State University in Mississippi finished with the highest student satisfaction rating of any HBCU in the country. This pushed Alcorn State to seventh overall on the Best HBCUs list compiled by College Consensus.

Commission Examines History of Washington & Lee University and Makes Recommendations

Commission Examines History of Washington & Lee University and Makes Recommendations

First and foremost, the commission recommended that the name of the university not be changed despite the fact that George Washington was a slave owner and Robert E. Lee was a slave owner and led the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Many African American Students Receive Pell Grants: But Do They Graduate?

Many African American Students Receive Pell Grants: But Do They Graduate?

Some 214 institutions have Pell graduation rates lower than 25 percent. Of the more than 60,000 Pell students initially enrolled at these institutions combined, only 9,904 of them (16 percent) graduated within six years.

The United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Chooses a New Leader

The United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Chooses a New Leader

Richard Green will become interim president on June 1. Most recently, Dr. Green served as interim president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Earlier, he was interim provost at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota and Albany State University in Georgia.

Affluent Black Youth Are More Likely to Be Depressed Than Lower-Income Black Youth

Affluent Black Youth Are More Likely to Be Depressed Than Lower-Income Black Youth

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan found that Black youths between 13 and 17 years of age from affluent families were more likely to suffer from depression that Black youth from lower socioeconomic groups. The reason: Exposure to higher levels of racial discrimination.

Charles Whitaker to Lead the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University

Charles Whitaker to Lead the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University

Professor Whitaker holds the Helen Gurley Brown Magazine Chair and is the associate dean of journalism at the Medill School. He joined the faculty at the journalism school in 1993. He will become interim dean on July 1.

The Racial Gap in Access to Advanced Courses in High Schools

The Racial Gap in Access to Advanced Courses in High Schools

A new report from the New York Equity Coalition finds that White students are far more likely than Black students to go to schools with Advanced Placement courses and other curricula that will better prepare them for college. It is probable that the same situation occurs in other states.

Darrell Cain Appointed President of Pierce College-Puyallup in Washington State

Darrell Cain Appointed President of Pierce College-Puyallup in Washington State

Dr. Cain has been serving as vice chancellor for student affairs for Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis. When he takes office, Dr. Cain will be the first African American to serve as permanent president of the Puyallup campus.

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Introduces a Wide Array of New Academic Offerings

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Introduces a Wide Array of New Academic Offerings

There will be several new concentrations in the biology and liberal studies degree programs and a new minor degree program in computer science. The changes are aimed at enhancing students’ opportunities for career success.

New Assignments for Two African American Scholars

New Assignments for Two African American Scholars

Tony Gaskew was promoted to full professor of criminal justice at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford and K. Matthew Dames was appointed Boston University Librarian, effective July 1.

LeMoyne-Owen College Teams Up With the University of Tennessee Health Science Center

LeMoyne-Owen College Teams Up With the University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Under the agreement, the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center guarantees admission of qualified LeMoyne-Owen graduates into the College of Nursing’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Kara Walker Elected to Membership of the American Philosophical Society

Kara Walker Elected to Membership of the American Philosophical Society

This year the American Philosophical Society granted membership to 27 individuals. Of these, it appears that only one of the new members is an African American: Kara Walker, who holds the Tepper Family Chair in Visual Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

In Memoriam: Costel D. Denson, 1934-2018

In Memoriam: Costel D. Denson, 1934-2018

Costel Denson, a former faculty member and administrator at the University of Delaware, was the first African American student to graduate from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Howard University Pharmacy Students to Learn Outside Their Comfort Zone

Howard University Pharmacy Students to Learn Outside Their Comfort Zone

The Health Equity Leadership Program aims to challenge pharmacy students from both Howard University and the University of Wyoming to learn “outside of their comfort zones” about both urban and rural healthcare access and equity issues..

Two African Americans Who Have Been Named to New Administrative Positions

Two African Americans Who Have Been Named to New Administrative Positions

LeAnna Rice was appointed director of the African, Latino, Asian, Native American (ALANA) Center at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and Kelvin Bentley was named assistant vice president for digital learning and innovation at the University of West Florida.

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.

Emory University Acquires the Archives of Noted African American Dance Couple

Emory University Acquires the Archives of Noted African American Dance Couple

The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University in Atlanta, has acquired the papers of dancers and married couple Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder.

Washington State University to Form the School of Languages, Cultures and Race

Washington State University to Form the School of Languages, Cultures and Race

Washington State University has announced plans to combine the departments of foreign languages and cultures, the department of critical cultures, gender and race studies and the interdisciplinary programs in humanities and social sciences to form the new School of Languages, Culture and Race.

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.

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.

Princeton University Looks to Diversify its Collection of Portraits

Princeton University Looks to Diversify its Collection of Portraits

Portraits of Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison and Sir Arthur Lewis have been added to the university’s collection. Eight other portraits have been commissioned. Three of the new portraits will feature African Americans.

In Memoriam: Edgar Jackson Kenton III, 1940-2018

In Memoriam: Edgar Jackson Kenton III, 1940-2018

Dr. Kenton served as a professor of neurology at Temple University in Philadelphia, a clinical professor of neurology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and as director of the Stroke Prevention Intervention Research Program at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

St. Cloud State University in Minnesota Names Building After Its First Black Graduate

St. Cloud State University in Minnesota Names Building After Its First Black Graduate

Ruby Cora Webster, the daughter of former slaves, earned a degree in elementary education at what was then called St. Cloud Normal School in 1909.

New York University Study Finds Racial Gap in Publishing in Communication Studies

New York University Study Finds Racial Gap in Publishing in Communication Studies

A new study by scholars at New York University finds that non-White scholars continue to be significantly underrepresented in publication rates, citation rates, and editorial positions in communications and media studies.

Chicago State University Chooses Zaldwaynaka Scott as Its Next President

Chicago State University Chooses Zaldwaynaka Scott as Its Next President

Scott is an attorney for the Foley & Lardner law firm, which has offices in 21 major U.S. cities including Chicago. A former federal prosecutor, Scott served on the board of trustees of Chicago State University from 2009 to 2013 and has taught courses as an adjunct professor at several law schools.

Research Finds That Black Children Are Not Identified as Autistic at the Same Rate as Whites

Research Finds That Black Children Are Not Identified as Autistic at the Same Rate as Whites

The authors suspect well-intentioned school leaders may be inadvertently denying minority students autism eligibility due to concerns about exacerbating the widely perceived problem of minority overrepresentation in general special education programs.

Felecia McInnis Nave Named Provost at North Carolina Central University

Felecia McInnis Nave Named Provost at North Carolina Central University

Dr. Nave has been serving a professor in the College of Engineering and as director of faculty development and engagement at Prairie View &M University in Texas. From 2014 to 2017, she was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Prairie View.

Researchers Find Preventive Use of Antibiotics Could Save Large Numbers of African Children

Researchers Find Preventive Use of Antibiotics Could Save Large Numbers of African Children

In a trial of about 190,000 children in Malawi, Niger, and Tanzania, led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, a single dose of an antibiotic given four times over a two-year period resulted in a significant drop in child mortality rates.

Larry Johnson Appointed President of Phoenix College in Arizona

Larry Johnson Appointed President of Phoenix College in Arizona

Dr. Johnson has been serving as provost and chief academic officer at the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College. Earlier, he was associate dean for academic affairs at Broward College-South Campus in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Five African Americans Assigned to Dean Positions

Five African Americans Assigned to Dean Positions

The five Black scholars appointed to dean posts are Rochelle L. Ford at Elon University in North Carolina, Emile M. Townes at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Darryl Scriven at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, Tomiko Brown-Nagin at Harvard University, and Laura Kohn-Wood at the University of Miami.

South Carolina State University Teams Up With Piedmont Technical College

South Carolina State University Teams Up With Piedmont Technical College

Under the agreement, students at Piedmont Technical College who complete associate’s degree programs will be able to transfer to South Carolina State University to pursue bachelor’s degrees in a large number of fields.

Three African American Scholars Assume New Roles at Major Universities

Three African American Scholars Assume New Roles at Major Universities

Taking on new positions or duties are Trina Jones at the Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina, C. Fred Higgs III at Rice University in Houston, and James L. Moore III at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Miles College Partners With the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Miles College Partners With the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Under the agreement, students with high grade point averages in undergraduate programs in computer and information sciences or management information systems at Miles College can be accepted into an accelerated master’s degree program in health informatics.

Two HBCUs Recognize African Americans by Naming Auditoriums in Their Honor

Two HBCUs Recognize African Americans by Naming Auditoriums in Their Honor

The honorees are Carver Randle Sr., a practicing attorney who is a long-time supporter and former special assistant to the president of Mississippi Valley State University, and Wayne J. Riley former president of Meharry Medical College, who now serves as president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.