HBCUs

Hampton University to Develop a New Robotics Program With Funding From Amazon

Hampton University to Develop a New Robotics Program With Funding From Amazon

Amazon funding will assist with establishing a new research laboratory in an existing space; a one-year faculty position dedicated to artificial intelligence and machine learning; and the establishment of a senior capstone course where students will receive side-by-side mentorship from leading researchers, software developers, and engineers at Amazon.

Xavier University Students Are Eligible for Early Assurance Program for Admission to Dental School

Xavier University Students Are Eligible for Early Assurance Program for Admission to Dental School

Historically Black Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans has entered into a partnership with the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sophomores at Xavier University who are accepted into the program will be offered conditional early acceptance into the UAB School of Dentistry.

Coppin State University Teams Up With Charles Schwab to Boost Diversity in Financial Services

Coppin State University Teams Up With Charles Schwab to Boost Diversity in Financial Services

Coppin State University in Baltimore has entered into a partnership with the investment firm Charles Schwab Advisors and the Charles Schwab Foundation that aims to increase diversity in the financial services industry. Currently, 76.3 percent of finance professionals are White.

Howard University Establishes the Toni Morrison Endowed Chair in Arts and Humanities

Howard University Establishes the Toni Morrison Endowed Chair in Arts and Humanities

The Toni Morrison Endowed Chair in Arts and Humanities will be established utilizing $3 million of the $40 million gift that philanthropist Mackenzie Scott donated to Howard in 2020. Professor Morrison, who won the Nobel Prize in literature, was a graduate of Howard University and also taught there.

Fisk University Starting a Women's Gymnastics Team

Fisk University Starting a Women’s Gymnastics Team

Fisk will be the first historically Black college or university to have a women’s gymnastics team. Fisk also plans to host several conferences, clinics, and invitationals in partnership with organizations like Brown Girls do Gymnastics.

Census Bureau Looks to Bowie State University to Boost Diversity in Data Science

Census Bureau Looks to Bowie State University to Boost Diversity in Data Science

The U.S. Census Bureau has partnered with the Bowie State University College of Business to provide expertise and resources to support students studying data science and analytics and help build a high-quality, diverse workforce in the growing field.

Tuskegee University Enters Partnership With USAID

Tuskegee University Enters Partnership With USAID

In support of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative to end hunger, Tuskegee University and USAID will partner domestically and internationally in the areas of food safety and security, farming and extension, animal health and pathology, and human health and welfare.

FedEx Strengthens Its Partnerships With HBCUs

FedEx Strengthens Its Partnerships With HBCUs

The company has announced a multi-year commitment to offer relief support to help students, faculty, and staff at four HBCUs who have suffered adverse economic impact due to COVID-19. The company has also launched a Student Ambassador program to train and mentor students at HBCUs.

The Center for Applied Data Science and Analytics Launched at Howard University

The Center for Applied Data Science and Analytics Launched at Howard University

The center, funded by a grant from mastercard, will offer a master’s degree in applied data science and a thought leadership series on racial equity and inclusive growth. It will also conduct research examining how data science can contribute to minimizing racial bias in credit approval processes.

Stillman College in Alabama Creates a Pathway for Graduates to Attend Law School

Stillman College in Alabama Creates a Pathway for Graduates to Attend Law School

Under the agreement, Stillman College, a 761-student historically Black institution in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Law will engage in collaborative academic activities that promote a path for Stillman College students to enroll in the law school and earn their law degree.

Morehouse School of Medicine Forms Partnership With Agnes Scott College

Morehouse School of Medicine Forms Partnership With Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, and the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta have announced a new partnership to create an early commitment program and a pre-medical linkage program. African Americans make up 34 percent of the student body at the women’s college.

Once Again, a Large Group of HBCUs Subjected to Bomb Threats

Once Again, a Large Group of HBCUs Subjected to Bomb Threats

Once again, multiple HBCUs received bomb threats on January 31 and February 1. Unlike the January 4 incidents when most students had not returned from winter break, the campuses were forced to halt classes and other activities due to the threats.

New Initiative Will Help Preserve the Photographic History of HBCUs

New Initiative Will Help Preserve the Photographic History of HBCUs

Getty Images has made grants of $500,000 to four historically Black universities to digitally archive their photographic collections. Over 100,000 archival and contemporary photos will be converted to digital format in the coming months.

Howard University Establishes the Housing, Urban and Economic Development Research Center

Howard University Establishes the Housing, Urban and Economic Development Research Center

The center’s goal is to achieve an equitable and inclusionary society where currently underserved populations come to be properly served and inequities in housing, health, education, economic well-being, and community development are overcome through research and policy implementation.

The Three Finalists to Lead the Southern University System

The Three Finalists to Lead the Southern University System

Southern University has announced a list of three finalists for chancellor of the flagship campus in Baton Rouge and president of the Southern University System. They are Laurence Alexander chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Walter Kimbrough president of Dillard University, and Dennis Shields, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Morehouse College Launches the Black Men’s Research Institute

Morehouse College Launches the Black Men’s Research Institute

The institute, in partnership with Morehouse’s Africana studies and history department, will serve as a launchpad for the exploration of the first Black masculinities studies minor at a historically Black college or university, along with an online certificate program. The institute also plans to launch an annual symposium.

North Carolina Central University Launches a New Health Communications Program

North Carolina Central University Launches a New Health Communications Program

The new program will focus on four key areas: improving health literacy, identifying and testing innovative approaches to improve communication, supporting research on health communications, and creating opportunities for students to share their passion for health equity and to have an impact on their communities.

Prairie View A&M University Partners With Shell for a Soil Research Project

Prairie View A&M University Partners With Shell for a Soil Research Project

The PVAMU-Shell Nature-Based Solutions Research Program is aimed at effective carbon dioxide utilization and carbon capture by employing innovative renewable energy and environmental sustainability methods.

National Endowment for the Humanities Funds Research Projects at HBCUs

National Endowment for the Humanities Funds Research Projects at HBCUs

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced $24.7 million in grants for 208 humanities projects across the country. Several of these grants were awarded to faculty at historically Black colleges and universities.

Gene Wade to Lead the Propel Center, a Hub for HBCU Innovation and Learning

Gene Wade to Lead the Propel Center, a Hub for HBCU Innovation and Learning

Gene Wade most recently served as founder and CEO of Honors Pathway in Oakland, California, a social venture that enables low-income students to attend their first year of college at no cost while receiving over 500 hours of in-person coaching and mentoring.

Spelman College Announces a New Initiative to Prepare Students for the Workplace

Spelman College Announces a New Initiative to Prepare Students for the Workplace

The partnership with the nonprofit organization Braven will offer all Spelman sophomores a two-part career-accelerating experience. Students will take online courses on the Braven platform and then have access to mentorships in their chosen field.

Three HBCU Medical Schools Participate in Effort to Boost Diversity in Artificial Intelligence Research

Three HBCU Medical Schools Participate in Effort to Boost Diversity in Artificial Intelligence Research

Historically Black Meharry Medical College, the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Howard University have joined the Coordinating Center for the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity (AIM-AHEAD) program.

Several HBCUs Are Delaying Their Spring Semesters Due to COVID

Several HBCUs Are Delaying Their Spring Semesters Due to COVID

As the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus spreads across the world, once again the pandemic is causing disruptions in American higher education. Several of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities are revising the start of their spring semesters.

Michigan's Only HBCU Receives Authorization to Reopen

Michigan’s Only HBCU Receives Authorization to Reopen

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation authorizing the former Lewis College of Business, which closed in 2013, to reopen as the Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design as an accredited educational corporation authorized by the State of Michigan.

Large Group of HBCUs Receive Bomb Threats on the Same Day

Large Group of HBCUs Receive Bomb Threats on the Same Day

On the afternoon and evening of January 4, at least seven historically Black colleges and universities received bomb threats, forcing the educational institutions to institute lockdown, evacuations, and police sweeps of campus buildings and facilities.

Fifteen HBCUs Receive Grants From the Propel Center

Fifteen HBCUs Receive Grants From the Propel Center

The Propel Center aims to provide HBCU students with virtual and physical pathways for propelling their leadership development, entrepreneurial endeavors, and community impact. Fifteen HBCUs have received grants totaling $3 million for programs in agri-tech and the arts.

Huntsman Savile Row Establishes Scholarship Program at Morehouse College

Huntsman Savile Row Establishes Scholarship Program at Morehouse College

The scholarship provides financial support to Morehouse students and gives them access to signature professional development opportunities. In addition, Huntsman Scholars also participate in mentoring activities and coaching sessions with company executives.

HBCU Students Produce Fashion Collection Through Urban Outfitters Internship Program

HBCU Students Produce Fashion Collection Through Urban Outfitters Internship Program

Students from Clark Atlanta University, Howard University, and North Carolina A&T State University participated in the 10-week summer internship program that designed a 24-piece apparel and lifestyle collection celebrating the culture and community of their respective schools.

The National Center for Entrepreneurship to Be Established at Howard University

The National Center for Entrepreneurship to Be Established at Howard University

The PNC Foundation, the charitable arm of the PNC Financial Services Group, is funding the center that will support expanded opportunities for Black entrepreneurship with enhanced educational, leadership, and capacity-building resources and programs nationwide.

New STEM Scholarship Program for HBCUs Created by Penn National Gaming

New STEM Scholarship Program for HBCUs Created by Penn National Gaming

Penn National Gaming, a company that operates more than 40 casinos, racetracks, and other hospitality venues, is dedicating more than $4 million over five years to at least three HBCUs in states where Penn National operates.

Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation to Sponsor HBCU Scholarship Program

Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation to Sponsor HBCU Scholarship Program

The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation has announced a scholarship program that will benefit 12 historically Black colleges and universities. Spelman College and Morehouse College in Atlanta have been announced as two participating institutions.

Morris Brown College Can Once Again Participate in Federal Financial Aid Programs

Morris Brown College Can Once Again Participate in Federal Financial Aid Programs

In April, Morris Brown College in Atlanta announced that it has received accreditation candidacy by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. The college had lost accreditation in 2002. As a result of the new accreditation status, the college has been approved to once again participate in federal financial aid programs.

Students at Edward Waters University Will Soon Be Able to Major in Forensic Science

Students at Edward Waters University Will Soon Be Able to Major in Forensic Science

The new forensic science degree program will enroll its first students in the fall of 2022. It will train graduates to enter the workforce as criminalists, crime scene investigators, and forensic DNA analysts in crime laboratories at the federal, state, and local levels.

Voorhees College in South Carolina Earns Approval for Its First Graduate Program

Voorhees College in South Carolina Earns Approval for Its First Graduate Program

The master of education in teaching and learning degree has two concentration options: education systems improvement or PK-12 education. The 12-month degree program is designed to prepare educators in a range of education settings to leverage deliberative teaching strategies and educational practices.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore to Cooperate with Danubius University in Romania

University of Maryland Eastern Shore to Cooperate with Danubius University in Romania

The agreement calls for the establishment of exchange programs for undergraduates and graduate students as well as faculty, and collaborations on research. The universities will also explore the possibility of joint degree programs and sharing technological expertise.

North Carolina Central University Partners With Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington

North Carolina Central University Partners With Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington

The partnership provides a seamless transition for community college students receiving an associate’s degree in applied science degree to gain guaranteed admittance to North Carolina Central University. This will reduce the total cost of obtaining a bachelor’s degree for students who complete their first two years at community college.