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Ban the Box Initiatives May Produce a Higher Level of Racial Discrimination

Ban the Box Initiatives May Produce a Higher Level of Racial Discrimination

“Ban the Box” legislation prohibits potential employers from asking job applicants to check a box if they have criminal records. But a new university study finds that if employers don’t have information about criminal records, they are more likely to rely on their assumptions and racial biases.

Four African Americans Named to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

Four African Americans Named to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

The new deans are Francine Conway at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Karlene Burrell-McRae at Colby College in Maine, DeMethra LaSha Bradley at Macalester College in Minnesota, and Logan Powell at Brown University in Rhode Island.

Long-Time Educator Wins $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Long-Time Educator Wins $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Ed Roberson is an artist-in-residence at Northwestern University. Roberson was a professor of literature and creative writing at Rutgers University and has also taught at the University of Chicago and Columbia College in Chicago.

New Roles for Three Black Faculty Members

New Roles for Three Black Faculty Members

Taja-Nia Y. Henderson was promoted to full professor of law at the Rutgers University School of Law. Stefan Malone Cooper Jr. was named a research assistant professor at Hampton University and Gena Bardwell was named interim director of the the General Education Program at Touro College.

A New Anthology of the Writings of Former Slave Peter Randolph

A New Anthology of the Writings of Former Slave Peter Randolph

Katherine Bassard, a professor of English and senior vice provost for faculty affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, is the editor of a new book on the writings of a former slave who became a leading abolitionist and religious figure.

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.

Robert M. Dixon to Serve as Provost at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Robert M. Dixon to Serve as Provost at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

For the past two years, Dr. Dixon has served as interim vice president for academic affairs at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He is the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Two African Americans Selected for Notable Honors

Two African Americans Selected for Notable Honors

The honorees are William Jelani Cobb, an associate professor of history and director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut, and Christine Grant, a professor of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University.

Two African Americans Honored With Major Awards

Two African Americans Honored With Major Awards

A. Van Jordan, Presidential Professor at Rutgers University-Newark, is the winner of the 2015 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry and Walter Bumphus, president of the American Association of Community Colleges will be awarded the inaugural Marie Fielder Medal.

Rutgers University to Examine Its History Relating to Race

Rutgers University to Examine Its History Relating to Race

Richard Edwards, chancellor of the flagship campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, announced that in conjunction with the 250th anniversary of the educational institution’s founding, the university has formed a “Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations in Rutgers History.”

An Extended Contract for the President of Bethune-Cookman University

An Extended Contract for the President of Bethune-Cookman University

Edison O. Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, since 2013, has had his contract extended through June 2018. In a statement to the university community, the board chair praised Dr. Jackson’s accomplishments during his tenure as president.

Three Black Faculty Members Taking on New Roles

Three Black Faculty Members Taking on New Roles

Mignon R. Moore is a new associate professor of sociology at Barnard College. Kara Walker was named to an endowed chair at Rutgers University and Jenna Hatcher is taking on new duties at the University of Kentucky’s College of Nursing.

Honors and Awards for Five Black Scholars

Honors and Awards for Five Black Scholars

The honorees are the late Clement A. Price of Rutgers University, Thomas H. Epps III of the University of Delaware, James E. Coleman Jr. of Duke University, Ngondi Kamatuka of the University of Kansas, and Sheila Jackson of Mississippi State University.

The Nation's Colleges and Universities With the Most Diverse Student Bodies

The Nation’s Colleges and Universities With the Most Diverse Student Bodies

The Rutgers University campus in Newark, New Jersey, was deemed to have the most diverse student body in the country among large national universities. Blacks make up 18 percent of the enrollments at the Newark campus.

In Memoriam: Robert Curvin, 1934-2015

In Memoriam: Robert Curvin, 1934-2015

Dr. Curvin served as dean of the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School and as a senior policy fellow at the School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Arizona State's Kimberly Scott to Lead the National Academic STEM Collaborative

Arizona State’s Kimberly Scott to Lead the National Academic STEM Collaborative

Dr. Scott is an associate professor in the department of women and gender studies at Arizona State University. She is also the founding executive director of the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology at Arizona State.

Two Black Authors Are Now Teaching at City College of New York

Two Black Authors Are Now Teaching at City College of New York

Thomas Sayers Ellis is an award-winning poet who is teaching a course called “Race Fearlessness Poetics.” Chinelo Okparanta is a Nigerian-born fiction writer who teaches an advanced workshop on creative fiction writing.

The New Leader of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University

The New Leader of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University

The Institute of Jazz Studies in the John Cotton Dana Library on the Newark, New Jersey, campus of Rutgers University is the repository of more than 150,000 jazz recordings and 6,000 books on the subject.

In Memoriam: John Alfred Williams, 1925-2015

In Memoriam: John Alfred Williams, 1925-2015

John Williams, longtime university educator and noted novelist, died on July 3 at a veteran’s home in Paramus, New Jersey. Williams taught at Rutgers University from 1979 until his retirement in 1994.

Florida A&M University Confers Ph.D.s in Physics to Two Black Women

Florida A&M University Confers Ph.D.s in Physics to Two Black Women

According to the National Science Foundation, 1,902 people earned Ph.D.s in physics at American universities in 2013. Only 18.8 percent were women and only 19 were Black. Now two Black women have earned Ph.D.s in physics at the same university in the same year.

Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Names Its Next President

Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Names Its Next President

Dr. Tashni Dubroy has been serving as as the special assistant to the president for process optimization at Shaw University. Dr. Dubroy is also the co-founder of Tea and Honey Blends, a hair care products company.

Gregory Pardlo Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Gregory Pardlo Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Gregory Pardlo, both an instructor and a student at Columbia University in New York City, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He is also completing work on his doctoral dissertation at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

In Memoriam: Suzan Maria Armstrong-West, 1948-2015

In Memoriam: Suzan Maria Armstrong-West, 1948-2015

Professor Armstrong-West had served on the faculty at Edward Waters College since 2008. Earlier, she was assistant dean of students at the University of Texas at Austin and dean of academic programs at Rutgers University.

Three Black Men Named Finalists for Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Wisconsin

Three Black Men Named Finalists for Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Wisconsin

The finalists are William T. Lewis Sr., alumni fellow at Virginia Tech, Ronald L. Quincy, professor in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University, and Patrick J. Sims, a professor of theatre and interim vice provost at the University of Wisconsin.

Rutgers University Renames Institute to Honor Clement Alexander Price

Rutgers University Renames Institute to Honor Clement Alexander Price

Dr. Price, who died last November at the age of 69, was the Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and the founding director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience on the university’s Newark campus.

In Memoriam: Clement Alexander Price, 1945-2014

In Memoriam: Clement Alexander Price, 1945-2014

Clement Alexander Price was the Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and the founding director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University-Newark.

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.

Does Racism Contribute to Higher Rates of Obesity Among Blacks?

Does Racism Contribute to Higher Rates of Obesity Among Blacks?

A new study led by Luis Rivera, an experimental social psychologist at Rutgers University-Newark, finds that exposure to racial and ethnic stereotypes can hinder members of minority groups in their efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

In Memoriam: Anna Bethel Young, 1918-2014

In Memoriam: Anna Bethel Young, 1918-2014

After graduating from Temple University in 1946, Dr. Young became one of the first African American teachers in the public school system in Philadelphia. She later taught at Temple University and several other institutions of higher learning.

Five Black Scholars in New University Teaching Roles

Five Black Scholars in New University Teaching Roles

The five scholars appointed to new teaching posts are: Kibibi Voloria Mack-Shelton at Claflin University, Brett Gilbert at Rutgers University, Yuvay Meyers Ferguson at Howard University, Jeffrey Robinson at Rutgers University, and Dawn Herd-Clark at Fort Valley State University.

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.

A. Van Jordan Is the First Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor

A. Van Jordan Is the First Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor

Professor Jordan is the author of four collections of poetry and has won the Pushcart Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Since 2009, he has been a full professor at the University of Michigan.

Black Entrepreneurs Still Face an Unlevel Playing Field in Seeking Capital

Black Entrepreneurs Still Face an Unlevel Playing Field in Seeking Capital

The lead author of the study stated that “a lot of research and business practice starts with the premise that individuals have equal choice and what we found, instead, are that there are systemic restrictions to choice for some people just because of their ethnicity.”

The New Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University

The New Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University

Since 2009, Dr. Wanda J. Blanchett has been serving as dean of the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Earlier, she held associate dean posts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Colorado-Denver.

Phoebe A. Haddon: The Next Chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden

Phoebe A. Haddon: The Next Chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden

Since 2009 Dr. Haddon has been dean of the Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland. She is the first African American to serve as dean. Previously she taught at the law school of Temple University in Philadelphia.

Wendell Pritchett to Serve as Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Wendell Pritchett to Serve as Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

In February 2014, Wendell Pritchett announced that he was joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Now the law school says he will serve as dean for the 2014-15 academic year.