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Once Again, Robert Smith Takes a Major Step to Help Blacks in Higher Education

Once Again, Robert Smith Takes a Major Step to Help Blacks in Higher Education

Robert F. Smith, founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, announced a gift of $15 million to the College of Engineering at Cornell University. The funds will be used to establish an endowed scholarship fund to provide financial aid for Cornell engineering students from urban high schools and graduates of HBCUs.

New Cornell University Fellowship Honors The First Black Student to Earn a Ph.D. in Botany

New Cornell University Fellowship Honors The First Black Student to Earn a Ph.D. in Botany

The Thomas Wyatt Turner Fellowship will support up to 10 graduate students from 1890 institutions, which are historically Black colleges and universities that are land-grant universities. They will spend the 2022-23 academic year on the Cornell University campus.

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.

Cornell University Scholar Wins the Best Book Prize From the African Studies Association

Cornell University Scholar Wins the Best Book Prize From the African Studies Association

Dr. Naminata Diabate is an associate professor of comparative literature at Cornell. The prize recognizes the most important scholarly work in African studies published in English and distributed in the United States during the preceding year.

In Memoriam: Gwendolyn Gordon, 1980-2021

In Memoriam: Gwendolyn Gordon, 1980-2021

Dr. Gordon was an assistant professor in the department of legal studies and business ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a secondary appointment in the School of Arts and Sciences’ department of anthropology. She held degrees from three different Ivy League universities.

Kimberlé Crenshaw Receives the Top Honor From the Association of American Law Schools

Kimberlé Crenshaw Receives the Top Honor From the Association of American Law Schools

Kimberlé W. Crenshaw is the Promise Institute Professor of Human Rights at the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia University. She was honored by the Association of American Law Schools for her work on critical race theory and intersectionality.”

New Cornell University Fellowship for Students From Francophone Africa

New Cornell University Fellowship for Students From Francophone Africa

Awards are for one year of study in the Cornell Law School LLM program or the Global Development program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The fellow receives a $20,000 stipend and a college tuition waiver. David Arnaud Ngam à Kibeng from Cameroon is the inaugural fellow.

Crystal Williams Will Be the Eighteenth President of the Rhode Island School of Design

Crystal Williams Will Be the Eighteenth President of the Rhode Island School of Design

President-elect Williams has been serving as a professor of English and vice president and associate provost for community & inclusion at Boston University. She began her academic career at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She later served as associate vice president for strategic initiatives at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

East Carolina University Names Robin Coger as Provost/Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

East Carolina University Names Robin Coger as Provost/Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Dr. Coger is currently the dean of the College of Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. Earlier, she was a faculty member in the department of mechanical engineering and engineering science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1996 to 2011. She will take on her new job in July 2022.

Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Universities

Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed Deans at Universities

Marla Love has been named the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Asquith S. “Sean” Armstrong has been named dean of University College at Washington University in St. Louis and Arlene J. Montgomery is the new interim dean of the School of Nursing at Hampton University in Virginia.

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.

Two African American Women Appointed to Diversity Positions

Two African American Women Appointed to Diversity Positions

Tekita R. Bankhead has been named executive director for support programs in the Division of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion at Mississippi State University and Sonia Rucke was appointed the associate vice president of the department of inclusion and belonging at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

A Quartet of African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

A Quartet of African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

The four African Americans who have been appointed to dean positions are Phylicia Rashad at Howard University, Eve De Rosa at Cornell University, Battinto Batts Jr. at Arizona State University, and Linda Thomas at James Madison University.

Five Universities That Have Announced the Appointments of Black Administrators

Five Universities That Have Announced the Appointments of Black Administrators

Taking on new administrative roles are Donica Thomas Varner at Cornell University in New York, Godlove Fonjweng at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, Lawrencina Mason Oramalu at Texas Woman’s University, Gerald Lewis Jr. at the University of Connecticut, and Alicia Dorn at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Charter Schools' Impact on Racial Segregation in K-12 Education

Charter Schools’ Impact on Racial Segregation in K-12 Education

According to the study, led by a sociologist at Cornell University, the average district to expand charter school enrollment between 2000 and 2010 experienced a 12 percent increase in White-Black school segregation and a 2 percent decrease in White-Black residential segregation.

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.

Six African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts at Major Universities

Six African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts at Major Universities

Taking on new duties are Dawn L. Ridley at Howard University, Cedric Gathings at Mississippi State University, Danielle Haynes at Cornell University, Michèle G. Turner at the University of Southern California, Lonnie Cockerham at North Carolina A&T State University, and Franklin Ellis Jr. at Vanderbilt University.

Four African American Appointed to Diversity Roles at Colleges and Universities

Four African American Appointed to Diversity Roles at Colleges and Universities

The four African Americans appointed to diversity positions are Jarvis Marlow-McCowin at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Eric Reed at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Elizabeth Tovar at the University of Iowa, and Brian Harper at the New York Institute of Technology.

Cornell's Derrick Spires Wins First Book Award From the Modern Language Association

Cornell’s Derrick Spires Wins First Book Award From the Modern Language Association

In the book, Dr. Spires, an associate professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, examines the parallel development of early Black print culture and legal and cultural understandings of U.S. citizenship between 1787 and 1861.

In Memoriam: Leith Patricia Mullings, 1945-2020

In Memoriam: Leith Patricia Mullings, 1945-2020

After teaching for six years at Columbia University, Dr. Mullings joined the faculty at the City University of New York in 1983. There she eventually became a distinguished professor of anthropology at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

Francine Conway Is the New Provost at Rutgers University in New Jersey

Francine Conway Is the New Provost at Rutgers University in New Jersey

A native of Guyana, Dr. Conway had been serving as dean of the Graduate School of Applied Psychology. She was the first Black scholar to hold that position. Dr. Conway joined the faculty at Rutgers in 2016 after teaching for 13 years at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

In Memoriam: Gary Lynn Harris, 1953-2020

In Memoriam: Gary Lynn Harris, 1953-2020

Gary L. Harris was professor of electrical engineering, former dean of the Graduate School and associate provost for research at Howard University. He was one of the first two African Americans to earn a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Cornell University.

College of Engineering at Cornell University Honors Its Former Dean, Lance R. Collins

College of Engineering at Cornell University Honors Its Former Dean, Lance R. Collins

Dr. Collins served as the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell University from 2010 to 2020. On August 1, 2020, he became the inaugural vice president and executive director of Virginia Tech’s new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, Virginia.

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Faculty Duties

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Faculty Duties

Taking on new roles are Carole Boyce Davies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Major Jackson at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Wallace Best at Princeton University in New Jersey, and Christopher C. Mathis Jr. at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

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.

Cornell University Students Pitching In to Help Black Small Businesses

Cornell University Students Pitching In to Help Black Small Businesses

Empower is a new student-led initiative that connects Black-owned businesses with undergraduate student volunteers who offer their time and talent to support business operations or projects.

Roper Center at Cornell University Debuts Historical Archives on Polling of Blacks

Roper Center at Cornell University Debuts Historical Archives on Polling of Blacks

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has launched “Say Their Names, Hear Their Voices,” a publicly available collection of more than 80 years of public opinion surveys of Black Americans and U.S. attitudes about Black America.

Eight Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments or Duties

Eight Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments or Duties

Here is this week’s listing of Black faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions or have been assigned new duties.

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba at Cornell University, Lolita Buckner Inniss at Southern Methodist University, Lee H. Butler Jr. at Phillips Theological Seminary, Teresa A. Nance at Villanova University, and Angela Jordan Davis at American University.

The New President of St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina

The New President of St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail was previously the sixth president and CEO at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, founding chancellor at the Community College of Baltimore County, president of St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, and president of Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis.

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties

The four Black scholars taking on new assignments are Nwando Achebe at Michigan State University, Anthony Burrow at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Jessica M. Pena at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and Adia Harvey Wingfield at Washington University in St. Louis.

Lynden Archer Named Dean of the College of Engineering at Cornell University

Lynden Archer Named Dean of the College of Engineering at Cornell University

A Cornell faculty member since 2000, Dr. Archer directed the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from 2010 to 2016. In the fall of 2017, he was named the David Croll Director of the Cornell Energy Systems Institute. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Cornell University Study Finds Racial/Ethnic Differences in Perceptions of Environmental Issues

Cornell University Study Finds Racial/Ethnic Differences in Perceptions of Environmental Issues

The survey found that there were, in fact, demographic differences in how people viewed environmental issues, with racial and ethnic minorities and lower-income people more likely to consider human factors such as racism and poverty as environmental issues.

Lance Collins Will Be the Inaugural Director of Virginia Tech's Innovation Campus

Lance Collins Will Be the Inaugural Director of Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus

Since 2010, Dr. Collins has served as the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He was a key member of the leadership team that successfully bid to partner with New York City to build Cornell Tech, which opened its Roosevelt Island campus in 2017.

Fatimah Jackson to Receive the Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award

Fatimah Jackson to Receive the Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award

Fatimah Jackson is a professor of biology and the director of the W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is the first woman of African descent to receive this prestigious award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

Exhibit Documents History of Racial Discrimination and Violence in the Railroad Industry

Exhibit Documents History of Racial Discrimination and Violence in the Railroad Industry

The exhibit, “The Other Side of The Tracks: Discrimination and Social Mobility in the Railroad Industry,” will be on display at the Catherwood Library of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, through August 31.