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Don't Blame History for Black Americans' Mistrust of the Healthcare System

Don’t Blame History for Black Americans’ Mistrust of the Healthcare System

New research by psychologists at the University of California, Los Angeles shows that vaccine hesitancy and mistrust of medical professionals among Black Americans may hinge more on their current unsatisfactory healthcare experiences than on their knowledge of past wrongs.

UCLA Law School Project Tracks Anti-Critical Race Theory Efforts Nationwide

UCLA Law School Project Tracks Anti-Critical Race Theory Efforts Nationwide

The law school’s CRT Forward Tracking Project is the first in the United States to precisely identify, catalog, and contextualize these efforts at the local, state, and federal levels.

Darnell Hunt Will Be the Next Provost at the University of Calfornia, Los Angeles

Darnell Hunt Will Be the Next Provost at the University of Calfornia, Los Angeles

Dr. Hunt has been serving dean of the Division of Social Sciences and professor of sociology and African American studies at UCLA. He joined the faculty there in 2001 as a professor of sociology and director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.

A Trio of African Americans Who Will Be Taking on New Roles Relating to Diversity

A Trio of African Americans Who Will Be Taking on New Roles Relating to Diversity

Anya Dani was named director of community engagement and inclusive practice at the University of California, Los Angeles. Sean Bennett was named vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and Ken James is chief diversity officer at Muskegon Community College in Michigan.

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.

How Affirmative Action Admission Bans Impacted Health Disparities During the Pandemic

How Affirmative Action Admission Bans Impacted Health Disparities During the Pandemic

In the year before the bans were implemented in eight states, underrepresented students made up an average of 14.8 percent of the total enrollment of those states’ public medical schools. By five years later, enrollment of underrepresented students at those schools had fallen by 37 percent.

Boston University Students Can Now Major in African American and Black Diaspora Studies

Boston University Students Can Now Major in African American and Black Diaspora Studies

Over the past several years, the number of students signing up for the African American studies minor each year at Boston University has grown from a handful to more than 40 at one point. Now beginning this fall, students at Boston University will be able to major in African American and Black diaspora studies.

UCLA Aims to Become a Leader in the Study of Hip-Hop Culture

UCLA Aims to Become a Leader in the Study of Hip-Hop Culture

The Hip Hop Initiative at UCLA will include artist residencies, community engagement programs, a book series, an oral history and digital archive project, postdoctoral fellowships, and more.

New Institute at UCLA to Provide Summer Research Fellowships in Politics for HBCU Students

New Institute at UCLA to Provide Summer Research Fellowships in Politics for HBCU Students

Four undergraduate fellows from Howard University in Washington, D.C., will come to the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles this June for an immersive six-week academic research program that explores the crucial role of race, ethnicity, and politics in society.

Tyrone Howard Selected to Lead the American Educational Research Association

Tyrone Howard Selected to Lead the American Educational Research Association

Tyrone Howard is director of the Black Male Institute and holder of the Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in Education to Strengthen Families at the University of California, Los Angeles. He will serve for a year as president-elect and begin his presidency at the conclusion of the association’s 2023 annual meeting.

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.

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.”

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.

Janai Nelson Appointed President and Director-Counsel of the Legal Defense Fund

Janai Nelson Appointed President and Director-Counsel of the Legal Defense Fund

Janai Nelson has served as associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for the past eight years. Earlier, she spent nearly 10 years in academia as a full professor and high-level administrator and dean at St. John’s University School of Law in New York.

Exposure to Discrimination Can Have Serious Negative Effects on the Health of Young Adults

Exposure to Discrimination Can Have Serious Negative Effects on the Health of Young Adults

A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles has found the effects of discrimination may be cumulative — that the greater number of incidents of discrimination someone experiences, the more their risk for mental and behavioral problems increases.

UCLA Study Finds a Racial Bias Among Physicians in Prescribing Pain Medicine

UCLA Study Finds a Racial Bias Among Physicians in Prescribing Pain Medicine

A new study by Dan P. Ly, an assistant professor at the Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, finds that physicians prescribed opioids more often to their White patients who complained of new-onset low back pain than to their Black patients.

Five Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Five Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Takin on new duties are Dennis Mitchell at Columbia University, Nandi A. Marshall at Georgia Southern University, Allison Leggett at the University of California, Los Angeles, Bryan Dewsbury at Florida International University in Miami, and Djamali Muhoza at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

In Memoriam: Albert James Williams-Myers, 1939-2021

In Memoriam: Albert James Williams-Myers, 1939-2021

A.J. William-Myers, professor emerita of African American studies at the State University of New York-New Paltz, died at his home in New Paltz on July 12. He was 82 years old.

The Percentage of All Doctors Who Are Black Men Has Made No Progress in 80 Years

The Percentage of All Doctors Who Are Black Men Has Made No Progress in 80 Years

In 1940, 2.8 percent of physicians in the United States were Black. Almost all were men. By 2018, 5.4 percent of U.S. physicians were Black — 2.6 percent were Black men. Thus, the percentage of all physicians who were Black men made no progress in nearly 80 years.

Lolita Buckner Inniss Will Be the Next Dean of the University of Colorado School of Law

Lolita Buckner Inniss Will Be the Next Dean of the University of Colorado School of Law

Dr. Innis has been serving as senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law, University Distinguished Professor, and the inaugural Robert G. Storey Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She will begin her duties as dean on July 1.

UCLA Analysis Finds Another Racial Health Disparity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

UCLA Analysis Finds Another Racial Health Disparity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The study found that during the pandemic, African Americans may have had worse access than Whites to outpatient care and thus were less likely to avoid hospitalizations for non-COVID-19–related conditions. This increased African Americans’ risk of hospital-acquired infections, the researchers say.

Black Women Who "Hunker Down" in High Violence Areas Have Altered Genes in Immune Cells

Black Women Who “Hunker Down” in High Violence Areas Have Altered Genes in Immune Cells

The chronic stress of living in neighborhoods with high rates of violence and poverty alters gene activity in immune cells, according to a new study of low-income single Black mothers on the South Side of Chicago conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Kentucky and the University of California, Los Angeles.

In Memoriam: Walter Edward Williams, 1936-2020

In Memoriam: Walter Edward Williams, 1936-2020

Walter E. Williams was the conservative economist, syndicated newspaper columnist, and long-time professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He died on December 2, shortly after teaching his last class.

UCLA Debuts an Online Interactive Hate Crime Map

UCLA Debuts an Online Interactive Hate Crime Map

The new website is intended to supplement reporting on such crimes, both by inviting submissions from people who have experienced such crimes and by tracking published accounts from news sources.

UCLA Study Finds Progress in Front - But Not Behind - the Camera in Hollywood

UCLA Study Finds Progress in Front – But Not Behind – the Camera in Hollywood

A new study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles finds that when it comes to racial diversity in television industry acting roles, the playing field continues to level for minorities, but there’s stubborn structural gridlock at the highest ranks and behind the camera.

Northwestern University Scholar Finds That Whites Underestimate the Extent of Racial Inequality

Northwestern University Scholar Finds That Whites Underestimate the Extent of Racial Inequality

A new study by Ivuoma Ngozi Onyeador, an assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, finds that White Americans have a far more optimistic view of the racial progress that has been made since the 1960s than is actually the case.

Five African Americans Who Are Assuming New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Five African Americans Who Are Assuming New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative posts are Marita Gilbert at Michigan State University, Dustin Fulton at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Valerie Fields at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, Anna Spain Bradley at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Cheldon Williams at West Virginia University.

Tracy Johnson Named Dean of the Division of Life Sciences at UCLA

Tracy Johnson Named Dean of the Division of Life Sciences at UCLA

Dr. Johnson is a professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology and holder of the Keith and Cecilia Terasaki Presidential Endowed Chair at UCLA. She joined the faculty in 2013 and has served as associate dean for inclusive excellence in the division of life sciences since January 2015.

New University Administrative Posts for Six African Americans

New University Administrative Posts for Six African Americans

Taking on new administrative roles are Tracey Ford at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Sean T. Bennett at Salem State University, Samara Hough at the University of Michigan-Flint, Martin Jarmond at UCLA, Claudia Donald at the University of Massachusetts, and Jasmon Sessoms at Fayetteville State University.

Na'ilah Suad Nasir Elected to Lead the American Educational Research Association

Na’ilah Suad Nasir Elected to Lead the American Educational Research Association

Since 2017, Dr. Nasir has been president of the Spencer Foundation, which has been a leading funder of education research since 1971. Earlier, she held the Birgeneau Chair in Educational Disparities and was vice-chancellor of equity and inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley.

Heather Parker Appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Leo University in Florida

Heather Parker Appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Leo University in Florida

Dr. Parker joined the Saint Leo faculty in August 2006 as an assistant professor of history and advanced through the teaching ranks to a full professorship. Her research has concentrated on interethnic religious interaction and the political implications of these relationships in Florida.

Brown University Dean Andrew Campbell to Lead the Council of Graduate Schools

Brown University Dean Andrew Campbell to Lead the Council of Graduate Schools

Andrew G. Campbell is the dean of the Graduate School at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Also, Dr. Campbell is a professor of medical science whose research focuses on microbial diseases. He has taught at Brown University since 1994.

Four African American Academics In This Year's Class of MacArthur Fellows

Four African American Academics In This Year’s Class of MacArthur Fellows

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 26 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. This year, five of the 26 MacArthur Fellows are Black. Four have current ties to academia.

Dwight A. McBride Named President of The New School in New York City

Dwight A. McBride Named President of The New School in New York City

Since 2017, Dr. McBride has served as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at Emory University in Atlanta. Before going to Emory, Dr. McBride was the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American studies, English, and Performance Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

New Report Focuses on Disparities in School Discipline Faced by Black Girls

New Report Focuses on Disparities in School Discipline Faced by Black Girls

A new report from the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School finds that Black girls face a statistically greater chance of suspension and expulsion compared to other students of the same gender.

In Memoriam: David L. Ferguson, 1949-2019

In Memoriam: David L. Ferguson, 1949-2019

David L. Ferguson was department chair and Distinguished Service Professor of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University in New York. He had taught at the university since 1981.