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Five African Americans Named Rhodes Scholars

Five African Americans Named Rhodes Scholars

The Rhodes Trust has announced the latest class of 32 American students who will study at the University of Oxford as Rhodes Scholars. It appears that five of the new Rhodes Scholars are African Americans.

Addressing the Lack of Racial Diversity in Environmental Science

Addressing the Lack of Racial Diversity in Environmental Science

Environmental and earth sciences have among the largest racial shortfalls in faculty positions in higher education. Minorities make up only 11 percent of the total faculty in environmental sciences.

Cornell University Is a Cofounder of a New African Literature Prize

Cornell University Is a Cofounder of a New African Literature Prize

The Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature will be presented to the best unpublished manuscripts in the Kiswahili language in four categories: fiction, poetry, memoir, and graphic novels.

Five New Black Scholars on the Faculty of Cornell University

Five New Black Scholars on the Faculty of Cornell University

New Black scholars on the Cornell University faculty are Naminata Diabate in comparative literature, Anna R. Haskins in sociology, Jamie L. Perry in human resource management, Russell Rickford in history, and C. Riley Snorton in Africana studies.

Lance Collins Reappointed Dean of Engineering at Cornell University

Lance Collins Reappointed Dean of Engineering at Cornell University

Before becoming dean in 2010, Dr. Collins served as the S. C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell. He joined the faculty at Cornell in 2002.

Cornell Prison Education Program Marches On

Cornell Prison Education Program Marches On

This December, Cornell will hold its second graduation ceremony at the Auburn Correctional Facility. Twelve men are scheduled to receive their associate’s degrees.

Cornell Black Alumni Association Starts Grant Program to Help Aspiring Authors

Cornell Black Alumni Association Starts Grant Program to Help Aspiring Authors

The first beneficiary of the grant program is Dionne M. Benjamin, a member of the class of 2000. She received a grant that helped her offset the cost of an illustrator for the first of her series of children’s books.

Two Black Scholars Join the Humanities Faculty at Cornell University

Two Black Scholars Join the Humanities Faculty at Cornell University

Naminata Diabate has joined the department of comparative literature and C. Riley Snorton is a new assistant professor in Africana studies and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies.

Four African Americans Presented With Prestigious Awards

Four African Americans Presented With Prestigious Awards

The four honorees are Lynden A. Archer of Cornell University in New York, Gary L. LeRoy of Wright State University in Detroit, Jada Bussey-Jones of Emory University in Atlanta, and Derek Wilson of Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

Florida A&M University Establishes the Sustainability Institute

Florida A&M University Establishes the Sustainability Institute

The institute’s mission is to enhance the university’s academic and research programs on sustainability issues; improve the efficiencies and environmental stewardship of campus operations; and perform outreach and engagement initiatives.

Academic Study Finds a Large Racial Gap in the Transition Out of Homeownership

Academic Study Finds a Large Racial Gap in the Transition Out of Homeownership

Researchers at Rice University in Houston and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, found that since the 1990s, African American homebuyers were 45 percent more likely than Whites to transition out of homeownership.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

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

Ten African Americans in New University Administrative Positions

Ten African Americans in New University Administrative Positions

Taking on new administrative duties are Rosetta Clay, F.J. Talley, Kevin Cokley, James Earl Orr Jr., E. Nathan Thomas III, Mark D. Henderson, Jimmy Miller, Katrina Oliver, Stephanie Sanders, and Shawn Felton.

Cornell MBA Students Help Local Minority Firms Increase Their Business With the University

Cornell MBA Students Help Local Minority Firms Increase Their Business With the University

The effort is part of the university’s Supplier Diversity Initiative aimed at having university departments achieve a greater percentage of their procurements from minority-owned and women-owned firms.

Florida A&M University Names Its Next President

Florida A&M University Names Its Next President

Elmira Mangum, vice president for planning and budget at Cornell University, has been chosen as the 11th president and first woman president of historically Black Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Cornell University to Offer a Ph.D. Program in Africana Studies

Cornell University to Offer a Ph.D. Program in Africana Studies

The university estimates that 20 to 30 percent of Black studies faculty nationwide will be retiring over the next decade and the new Cornell program will help fill the need to replace retiring Black studies faculty.

Helene Dillard Named Dean at the University of California, Davis

Helene Dillard Named Dean at the University of California, Davis

The new dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis, she has been serving as associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension program at Cornell University.

Six Black Scholars Join the Cornell University Faculty

Six Black Scholars Join the Cornell University Faculty

The new faculty members are Christopher A. Alabi, Matthew Clayton, Eve De Rosa, Oneka LaBennett, Jamila Michener, and Olufemi Taiwo.

Three African American Academics Win Whiting Writers' Awards

Three African American Academics Win Whiting Writers’ Awards

The Whiting Writers’ Awards are given annually to 10 emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. Each winner receives $50,000. Three of the 10 winners are African American who teach at universities in the United States.

Cornell Report Analyzes Student Views on Diversity

Cornell Report Analyzes Student Views on Diversity

The report found that “students who identify with historically less-represented groups are more actively involved in diversity-related behaviors and have more negative perceptions of the climate for diversity.”

In Memoriam: Njoku Ekpe Awa, 1938-2013

In Memoriam: Njoku Ekpe Awa, 1938-2013

Professor Awa was born as the son of a tribal chieftain in Nigeria. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degree at Michigan State University and a Ph.D. at Cornell University. He joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1974 and taught there for 21 years.

In Memoriam: Martin Gardiner Bernal, 1937-2013

In Memoriam: Martin Gardiner Bernal, 1937-2013

Professor Bernal and Professor Mary Lefkowitz of Wellesley College engaged in a scholarly give and take in the pages of JBHE in the mid-1990s on Dr. Bernal’s thesis that Africans had a major influence on Greek thought and culture.

In Memoriam: Donald Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II, 1932-2003

In Memoriam: Donald Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II, 1932-2003

Throughout an illustrious career as a jazz recording artist and performer, he taught at North Carolina Central University, Delaware State University, Rutgers University, Hampton University, New York University, Cornell University, Oberlin College and Howard University.

Four Black Scholars Join the Cornell University Faculty

Four Black Scholars Join the Cornell University Faculty

Cornell University, the Ivy-League educational institution in Ithaca, New York, has added 53 new faculty members this fall. Of the new additions, there are four new Black faculty members: Ludmilla Aristilde, Ishion Hutchinson, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, and Noliwe Rooks.

Cornell Students Creating Historic Gardens at Harriett Tubman's Home

Cornell Students Creating Historic Gardens at Harriett Tubman’s Home

The goal is to recreate gardens that would have existed at the home in Auburn, New York, when Harriet Tubman was in residence.

Cornell University Teams Up With the Posse Foundation

Next fall a posse of 10 students from urban schools in Chicago will enroll at Cornell. The university has agreed to support one posse of 10 students for the next five years.

Seven African Americans Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

The new appointees are Carla Boutin-Foster, Chacona W. Johnson, Margaret Stephens, David Fryson, Jame’l Hodges, Ashley Robinson, and George Keith Martin.

The Cornell Prison Education Program Holds Its First Graduation Ceremony

The Cornell Prison Education Program Holds Its First Graduation Ceremony

The graduates were the first in New York State prisons to earn State University of New York degrees since the enactment of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in 1995.

Cornell University Debuts A New Diversity Website

Cornell University Debuts A New Diversity Website

The new website includes a discussion on the history of diversity efforts, provides demographic statistics on students and faculty, and listings of where to go for help or additional information.

Two Africans at Cornell University Develop Garments to Fight Malaria

Two Africans at Cornell University Develop Garments to Fight Malaria

The garments use fabric that is embedded at the molecular level with insecticides to ward off mosquitoes infected with malaria, a disease that kills some 655,000 people annually in Africa.

Racial Incident at Cornell University

Racial Incident at Cornell University

According to police reports, Black students were taunted and were the targets of bottles thrown from the roof of a fraternity house.

The New Director of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University

The New Director of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University

Gerald Aching has been a professor of Romance studies at Cornell since 2009. Previously, he taught at New York University.

David Harris Named Provost at Tufts University

David Harris Named Provost at Tufts University

He is currently senior associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. He recently served for 16 months in the Obama administration.

Study Finds That Obama's Election Changed Black College Students' Perceptions of Racial Identity

Study Finds That Obama’s Election Changed Black College Students’ Perceptions of Racial Identity

The study examined the importance of race to a person’s self-concept, whether or not they felt good about being part of their racial group, and on how they perceived their racial group is regarded by the society at large.

Cornell University Receives a Donation of 2,000 Photographs of African Americans

Cornell University Receives a Donation of 2,000 Photographs of African Americans

The collection includes images of slaves and a photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. sitting in a jail cell.

Cornell University Outlines a New Agenda on Diversity

Cornell University Outlines a New Agenda on Diversity

President David Skorton is mounting a concerted effort to increase diversity among students, staff, and faculty and to create better opportunities for veterans and the disabled.