The Racial Income Gap Narrowed in 2020, But There is Still a Long Way on the Road to Equality

The Racial Income Gap Narrowed in 2020, But There is Still a Long Way on the Road to Equality

In 2020, the median Black household income was 61.2 percent of the median income of non-Hispanic White families. This is an increase from 59.7 percent in 2019. However, with only minor fluctuations, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for more than a half-century.

Andra Johnson to Lead the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service

Andra Johnson to Lead the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service

Dr. Johnson has been serving as associate director of Pennsylvania State University Extension. Earlier in his career, he was assistant director of research and graduate research at Alcorn State University in Mississippi and vice chancellor for research and technology development at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Emory University Study Finds Racial Disparities in Heart Condition Among College Football Players

Emory University Study Finds Racial Disparities in Heart Condition Among College Football Players

The study found no racial differences in concentric left ventricular hypertrophy among college football athletes that played on the offensive or defensive lines. But for skilled position players – quarterbacks, receivers, and running backs – a higher percentage of Black collegiate football players were more likely to develop concentric left ventricular hypertrophy than White football players.

Journalist Meredith Clark to Lead a New Academic Center at Northeastern University in Boston

Journalist Meredith Clark to Lead a New Academic Center at Northeastern University in Boston

Meredith Clark has been named the founding director of the Center for Communications, Media Innovation and Social Change in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University in Boston. Dr. Clark, who is a former print journalist for the Tallahassee Democrat and the Raleigh News & Observer will hold the rank of associate professor.

New Data Shows the Effect of the Pandemic of Black Enrollments in Higher Education

New Data Shows the Effect of the Pandemic of Black Enrollments in Higher Education

There were 2,331,529 Black or African American students enrolled in higher education last fall. In the fall of 2019, there were 2,474,200 Black students enrolled. Thus, Black enrollments were down nearly 6 percent. This is four times the drop for students as a whole. In 2010, more than 3 million Black students were enrolled in higher education.

Don Essex Is the New Dean of Lyman Beecher Brooks Library at Norfolk State University

Don Essex Is the New Dean of Lyman Beecher Brooks Library at Norfolk State University

Before coming to Norfolk State, Dean Essex was an associate professor and director of the Theofield G. Weis Library at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland, for nearly seven years. Earlier, he served for 13 years as a legislative information specialist for the Washington office of the American Library Association.

Six Blacks Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments in Higher Education

Six Blacks Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments in Higher Education

Appointed to new faculty posts are Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. at Texas Chrisitan University, Tekla Ali Johnson at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, Virgil Goodwine at Wilberforce University in Ohio, Delali Kumavie at Syracuse University in New York, Patrese A. Robinson-Drummer at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and Sierra Williams at Claremont McKenna College in California.

U.S. News and World Report Offers Its Picks for the Nation's Best HBCUs

U.S. News and World Report Offers Its Picks for the Nation’s Best HBCUs

Spelman College in Atlanta was rated the best HBCU and Howard University in Washington, D.C., was ranked second. This was the same as a year ago. This was the 15th year in a row that Spelman College has topped the U.S. News rankings for HBCUs.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Hiring of Six African American Administrators

Colleges and Universities Announce the Hiring of Six African American Administrators

Taking n new administrative roles are David Valentine at Goucher College in Maryland, Ashley Pallie at the California Institute of Technology, Veronica Creech at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, Alfred L. Norris at Talladega College in Alabama, Charlotte Fant Pegues at the University of Mississippi, and Veronica Cohen at Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida.

Defense Department Funds HBCU Centers of Excellence in Biotechnology and Materials Science

After considering proposals from many institutions, the Army Research Laboratory chose to fund the Center for Biotechnology at North Carolina A&T State Univerity in Greensboro and the Center for Advanced Electro-Photonics with 2D Materials at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

The American Political Science Association Honors the University of Chicago's Cathy Cohen

The American Political Science Association Honors the University of Chicago’s Cathy Cohen

Cathy J. Cohen, the David and Mary Winton Green Distinguished Service Professor in the department of political science at the University of Chicago, received the 2021 Hanes Walton, Jr. Career Award from the American Political Science Association. The award honors a political scientist whose lifetime of distinguished scholarship has made significant contributions to the understanding of racial and ethnic politics.

Cheyney University in Pennsylvania Debuts Its Life Sciences and Technology Hub

Cheyney University in Pennsylvania Debuts Its Life Sciences and Technology Hub

The LSAT Hub at historically Black Cheyney University marks the culmination of efforts to recruit private biological, chemical, and other STEM companies to campus, with an eye toward preparing students for careers through academic programs and research experiences.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new diversity potions are Garry Morgan at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Kendra Riley at the University of West Florida, Margo R. Freeman at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and Jevon Willis at Hope College in Michigan.

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.

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.

Salem College Develops Walking Tour on the History of Enslaved People on Campus

Salem College Develops Walking Tour on the History of Enslaved People on Campus

In conjunction with the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Salem Academy and College, the Anna Maria Samuel Project: Race, Remembrance, and Reconciliation is holding two events focusing on the history of the college’s relationship with slavery and the work of both enslaved and free African Americans in the history of the institution.

In Memoriam: Wendell Carl Baker, 1946-2021

In Memoriam: Wendell Carl Baker, 1946-2021

In 1976, Dr. Baker joined the faculty at Prairie View A&M University, where he taught agricultural science. He also was the manager of the university’s farm. He taught at the university until 1984 and then devoted his full time to the Baker Veterinary Clinic, which he had opened in Prairie View in 1978.

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.

In Memoriam: Harold Alonza Franklin, 1932-2021

In Memoriam: Harold Alonza Franklin, 1932-2021

On January 4, 1964, Harold Franklin enrolled at Auburn University as a graduate student in history. He was the first Black student to enroll at Auburn. After completing his studies, he was not allowed to defend his master’s degree thesis and was not awarded his degree. This injustice was not corrected until 2020.

Racial Differences in Employment and Educational Attainment of College Graduates a Decade Later

Racial Differences in Employment and Educational Attainment of College Graduates a Decade Later

For students who graduated from college in the 2007-8 academic year, Whites, on average, were more likely than Blacks to hold full-time jobs and worked more hours per week a decade later. The average salary for Whites who had full-time jobs was $82,170. For African American college graduates who had full-time jobs, the average salary was $65,104.

Delaware State University President to Lead White House's HBCU Advisory Board

Delaware State University President to Lead White House’s HBCU Advisory Board

Dr. Tony Allen was appointed president of Delaware State University in 2020 after serving as provost for nearly three years. Before coming to Delaware State, Dr. Allen was head of the corporate reputation group for Bank of America. He is the former executive vice president of MBNA, the large banking and credit card company.

Blacks More Likely to Take Advantage of Optional Test-Score Reporting During the Pandemic

Blacks More Likely to Take Advantage of Optional Test-Score Reporting During the Pandemic

Most colleges and universities were test-optional this past year due to the pandemic but some students still reported their scores. Only 31 percent of students from underrepresented minority groups reported test scores this past year, compared to 43 percent of all students who used the Common App.

Lerone Martin Named Faculty Director of Stanford's  MLK Research and Education Institute

Lerone Martin Named Faculty Director of Stanford’s MLK Research and Education Institute

Dr. Martin is currently an associate professor of religion and politics in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, as well as associate professor of African and African-American studies, and director of American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He will join the Stanford faculty in January.

The FBI Releases New Data on Hate Crimes in the United States

The FBI Releases New Data on Hate Crimes in the United States

There were 224 hate crimes in elementary or secondary schools that were reported to the FBI in 2020. There were only 116 reported hate crimes on college campuses. But remember that a large majority of college campuses were shut down for a good portion of the year due to the pandemic.

Yoshiko Harden Is the New Leader of Seattle Central College in Washington State

Yoshiko Harden Is the New Leader of Seattle Central College in Washington State

Dr. Harden has been serving as vice president for student services at the college since 2016. Earlier, she was vice president for diversity and chief diversity officer at Bellevue College in Washington state and the director of multicultural services and student development at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington.

Three African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Three African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments

James McLeod was appointed chair of the department of music at Wilberforce University in Ohio. Phillis Isabella Sheppard was appointed the inaugural director of the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements at Vanderbilt University and Kirsten T. Edwards was appointed associate professor of educational policy studies at Florida International University.

Howard University Was a Victim of a Ransomware Cyberattack

Howard University Was a Victim of a Ransomware Cyberattack

On September 3, 2021, the Howard University information technology team detected unusual activity on the university’s network. In order to give its IT team more time to address the issue, the university canceled classes on September 7 and 8, and told all non-essential workers to stay home.

A Half Dozen African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

A Half Dozen African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative posts are Kendall Isaac at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, Moira Poe at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Angela Graham-Williams at Xavier University in New Orleans, John Mack at Princeton University in New Jersey, Tiffany D. Tucker at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Monique Howard at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tuskegee University Partners With Auburn University for Undergraduate STEM Research

Tuskegee University Partners With Auburn University for Undergraduate STEM Research

Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama has entered into an agreement with Auburn University in Alabama to provide opportunities for Tuskegee students to explore new educational and career paths in research mentorships in STEM fields with Auburn graduate students and faculty.

Tenille Gaines Honored by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors

Tenille Gaines Honored by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors

Tenille Gaines is the associate director for counseling in Michigan State University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services department. She will receive the Harriet Copher Haynes Diversity Leadership Mentoring Award. The award honors “talented mental health professionals of diverse identities who aspire to become counseling center directors.”

The Nation's Largest HBCU Continues to Exhibit Impressive Enrollment Growth

The Nation’s Largest HBCU Continues to Exhibit Impressive Enrollment Growth

North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro reports that there are 13,322 students on campus this fall. This is the highest enrollment in the university’s 120-year history. It is also the eighth consecutive year of enrollment increases. A total of 2,930 first-year students are enrolled this fall, an increase of more than 37 percent from a year ago

Alabama A&M University Names Three Finalists for President

Alabama A&M University Names Three Finalists for President

The three finalists are Colette Pierce Burnette, president of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, Roderick Smothers, president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Daniel K. Wims, provost and vice president for academic affairs and research and a professor of agricultural sciences at Alabama A&M University.

Five African Americans Who Are Taking on New Roles as University Diversity Officers

Five African Americans Who Are Taking on New Roles as University Diversity Officers

The five African Americans who have been named to diversity positions are Sherrae Mack at Xavier University in Cincinnati, James Huguley at the University of Pittsburgh, Margie Gill at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, Renee Madison at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and Katrina Rugless at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky.

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.

University of Arkansas Little Rock Creates New Center Focusing on Racial Justice

University of Arkansas Little Rock Creates New Center Focusing on Racial Justice

The Center for Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform’s stated mission is to advance legal equity, access to justice, and fairness in Arkansas and the region. In addition, the Center will focus on specific criminal justice research projects while offering workshops and educational events for the legal community and the community as a whole.