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The Next Dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law

The Next Dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law

Eboni S. Nelson currently is associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Before joining the faculty at the Univesity of South Carolina in 2007, she taught at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston.

Harvard University Offers Online Course on the Selma Voting Rights March

Harvard University Offers Online Course on the Selma Voting Rights March

Selma Online is an interactive program that is designed for middle or high school students. The platform uses scenes from Ava DuVernay’s 2014 film Selma as a storyboard to bring the voting rights movement to life

Single-Parents Do Not Impede Educational Success for Blacks as Much as They Do for Whites

Single-Parents Do Not Impede Educational Success for Blacks as Much as They Do for Whites

Black kids face significant obstacles to educational success including poverty, discrimination, racial segregation, etc. The fact that they are more likely to live in a single-parent home than White children does not matter as much as the other obstacles they face.

The Next Dean of the School of Law at George Washington University

The Next Dean of the School of Law at George Washington University

Dayna Bowen Matthew is currently the William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law and the F. Palmer Weber Research Professor of Civil Liberties and Human Rights at the University of Virginia Law School. She will begin her new duties on July 1.

Harry J. Elam Jr. Will Be the Next President of Occidental College in Los Angeles

Harry J. Elam Jr. Will Be the Next President of Occidental College in Los Angeles

Currently, Dr. Elam is vice provost for undergraduate education, vice president for the arts, and senior vice provost for education at Stanford University. He joined the university’s faculty in 1990 as an associate professor in what is now the department of theater and performance studies.

Harvard Business School Alumni Seeks Greater Diversity at Their Alma Mater

Harvard Business School Alumni Seeks Greater Diversity at Their Alma Mater

There are currently 56 African Americans (6.2 percent) in the latest 900-member class at Harvard Business School. At the present time, only two of the 100 tenured faculty members are Black.

Harvard Study Finds That People of Color More Likely to Be Exposed to Ads for Vaping

Harvard Study Finds That People of Color More Likely to Be Exposed to Ads for Vaping

In recent, months there has been a great deal of research published on the dangers of vaping. Exposure to vaping advertisements can increase the likelihood of taking up the habit. A new study by researchers at Harvard University finds that people of color are more likely than Whites to be targeted.

Professor Mildred Robinson Is Retiring After 47 Years of Teaching in Higher Education

Professor Mildred Robinson Is Retiring After 47 Years of Teaching in Higher Education

Mildred Robinson is the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Robinson, who specializes in tax law, was the law school’s first African American female tenured professor.

Black Enrollments at Ivy League Law Schools

Black Enrollments at Ivy League Law Schools

Black students make up at least 11 percent of total enrollments at all five Ivy League law schools. Leading the group is Columbia University in New York where there are 39 Black students out of a total enrollment of 124. Thus, Blacks are 31.2 percent of the total enrollments.

Harvard University Launches a New Intitiative to Examine its Historical Ties to Slavery

Harvard University Launches a New Intitiative to Examine its Historical Ties to Slavery

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, and a professor of history, will chair the new initiative which will be called Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery.

Study Charges Harvard With Recruiting Black Applicants Who Have No Chance of Admission

Study Charges Harvard With Recruiting Black Applicants Who Have No Chance of Admission

Essentially, the study charges Harvard with recruiting large number of Black applicants who had no chance of admission so that Black acceptance rates would decline to more closely match those of White and Asian applicants.

Former Harvard Scholar to Lead the National Collaborative for Health Equity

Former Harvard Scholar to Lead the National Collaborative for Health Equity

Gail Christopher was appointed executive director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity. Founded in 2014, the National Collaborative was established to promote health equity through action, leadership, inclusion, and collaboration.

Nine African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Nine African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Emory University's Vanessa Siddle Walker to Receive the Lilliam Smith Book Award

Emory University’s Vanessa Siddle Walker to Receive the Lilliam Smith Book Award

Vanessa Siddle Walker is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of African American Educational Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Professor Walker will be honored on September 1 at the DeKalb County Public Library.

Harvard Economist Roland Fryer Suspended Without Pay for Two Years

Harvard Economist Roland Fryer Suspended Without Pay for Two Years

Multiple women who worked in his Education Innovation Laboratory had accused Professor Fryer of inappropriate sexual conduct at work that created a hostile work environment. Dr. Fryer has admitted to telling inappropriate jokes at work but denies he created a hostile working environment.

University of Kentucky Alumnus Establishes Scholarship Fund for African Students

University of Kentucky Alumnus Establishes Scholarship Fund for African Students

Esias Bedingar, a native French speaker, came to the University of Kentucky in 2014. He knew no English, but he went on to complete the English as a Second Language program in just one semester. He graduated in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in public health.

In Memoriam: Olivia Cousins, 1948-2019

In Memoriam: Olivia Cousins, 1948-2019

Olivia Cousins was a feminist scholar, African American historian, and long-time faculty member at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York. She served on the faculty there for more than 30 years.

Four Black Scholars Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Four Black Scholars Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

This year’s results are an improvement from recent years. JBHE’s analysis determined that in 2018, there were no African Americans among the 84 new members. In both 2016 and 2017, there was only one African American scholar among the new members.

In Memoriam: Martin Kilson, 1931-2019

In Memoriam: Martin Kilson, 1931-2019

Dr. Kilson first joined the faculty at Harvard in 1962 as a lecturer in government. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1967 and professor of government in 1969, making him the first Black full professor at Harvard.

African Americans Accepted Into the Class of 2023 at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

African Americans Accepted Into the Class of 2023 at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Recently, most of the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities informed applicants if they had been accepted for admission into the Class of 2023. Some revealed the racial/ethnic breakdown of their admitted students.

Harvard University Making Strides In Faculty Diversity

Harvard University Making Strides In Faculty Diversity

Since 2004, tenured-track appointments at Harvard University are up 54 percent for underrepresented minorities, which is particularly striking since the overall number of tenure-track faculty has decreased by 18 percent over the same time period.

In Memoriam: Donald Stewart, 1938-2019

In Memoriam: Donald Stewart, 1938-2019

Dr. Stewart served as the sixth president of historically Black Spelman College in Atlanta from 1977 to 1986. He left Spelman College to become president of The College Board.

Verna L. Williams Is the New Leader of the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati

Verna L. Williams Is the New Leader of the College of Law at the University of Cincinnati

Professor Williams joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2001. She has been serving as interim dean since May 2017. She also holds the title of Nippert Professor of Law.

Harvard Sued Over Early Images of Enslaved Africans

Harvard Sued Over Early Images of Enslaved Africans

Tamara Lanier claims to be a descendant of an enslaved man and his daughter that were photographed without their consent in 1850. The lawsuit claims that Harvard continues to profit from the images.

Racial Student Achievement Gaps Have Remain Stagnant Over the Past 50 Years

Racial Student Achievement Gaps Have Remain Stagnant Over the Past 50 Years

While the Black-White achievement gap did narrow in the early decades of the period under study, it has remained stagnant for the past 25 years. Gains among 17-year-olds amounted to only 2 percent per decade, and none at all for the last quarter-century.

Harvard Study Finds Association Between Financial Stress and Risk of Heart Disease Among Blacks

Harvard Study Finds Association Between Financial Stress and Risk of Heart Disease Among Blacks

The researchers found that African-American men and women who experience moderate to high financial stress had almost three times greater risk of heart disease events (such as heart attacks and procedures to investigate or treat heart disease) than those who did not experience stress due to finances.

Two American Universities Help Build Dental Surgery Program in Rwanda

Two American Universities Help Build Dental Surgery Program in Rwanda

The African nation of Rwanda has a population of more than 12 million. Yet there are only 40 registered dentists in the country. A new program established with the assistance of scholars at Harvard University and the University of Maryland aims to help reduce the shortage.

New Teaching Assignments for a Trio of African American Scholars

New Teaching Assignments for a Trio of African American Scholars

The Three African Americans in new faculty posts are Kandis Leslie Gilliard-AbdulAziz at the University of California, Riverside, Sonia M. Gipson Rankin at the University of New Mexico School of Law, and Teju Cole, who will teach creative writing at Harvard University.

Emery Brown Wins the 2018 Dickinson Prize in Science From Carnegie Mellon University

Emery Brown Wins the 2018 Dickinson Prize in Science From Carnegie Mellon University

The award recognizes substantial achievements or sustained progress in the fields of natural sciences, engineering, computer science, or mathematics. Dr. Brown is only African American, to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine.

Michael Thomas Jr. Becomes Fourth Black President of the Harvard Law Review

Michael Thomas Jr. Becomes Fourth Black President of the Harvard Law Review

Michael Thomas Jr. has been elected the 132nd president of the Harvard Law Review, making him the fourth African-American to hold the position. The first Black president of the Review was Barack Obama.

Seven African Americans Elected Into the National Academy of Medicine

Seven African Americans Elected Into the National Academy of Medicine

A JBHE analysis of the list of the 75 members of the latest cohort elected into the National Academy of Medicine finds that it appears that seven, or 9 percent, are Black. Most have current affiliations with academic institutions in the United States.

Kimberly Dowdell Elected President of the National Organization of Minority Architects

Kimberly Dowdell Elected President of the National Organization of Minority Architects

Kimberly Dowdell is a faculty member in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She is a licensed architect and partner with Century Partners, a Detroit-based real estate firm focused on equitable neighborhood revitalization.

Kevin Gaines Named to a New Endowed Professorship at the University of Virginia

Kevin Gaines Named to a New Endowed Professorship at the University of Virginia

Dr. Gaines comes to the University of Virginia from Cornell University where he was the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Africana Studies and History. Previously he has taught at Princeton University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Michigan.

New Duties for 13 Black Faculty Members in Higher Education

New Duties for 13 Black Faculty Members in Higher Education

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

Lawrence D. Bobo Named Dean of Social Sciences at Harvard University

Lawrence D. Bobo Named Dean of Social Sciences at Harvard University

Dr. Bobo currently serves as the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences and chair of the department of African American Studies. He has been a Harvard faculty member since 1997. Earlier, he taught at UCLA and Stanford University.

Nine Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments

Nine Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments

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