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Linda Rose is the New President of Santa Ana College in California

Linda Rose is the New President of Santa Ana College in California

Since August 2014, Dr. Rose has been the president of Los Angeles Southwest College. Before taking the helm at Los Angeles Southwest College, she served for three years are vice president of academic affairs at Santa Ana College.

UCLA Study Finds Huge Racial Wealth Gap in Los Angeles

UCLA Study Finds Huge Racial Wealth Gap in Los Angeles

The report finds that the typical African American household in Los Angeles has on average only about 1 percent of the average wealth of non-Hispanic White households. Many Asian American groups had an even higher average net worth than White households.

A Statistical Portrait of First-Year Students at Black Colleges and Universities

A Statistical Portrait of First-Year Students at Black Colleges and Universities

This nationwide survey prepared by UCLA compares current first-year students in terms of characteristics such as family income, grades in high school, future goals, study habits, political views, and social activities.

Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw Honored by the American Bar Foundation

Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw Honored by the American Bar Foundation

Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, a professor of law at Columbia University and a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles, will receive the Outstanding Scholar Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

New Academic Consortium Will Oversee the Publication of the Journal African Arts

New Academic Consortium Will Oversee the Publication of the Journal African Arts

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Florida, and Rhodes University of South Africa each will be responsible for one issue of the quarterly journal each year.

Melvin Oliver Named the Sixth President of Pitzer College in Claremont, California

Melvin Oliver Named the Sixth President of Pitzer College in Claremont, California

Dr. Oliver is a professor of sociology and executive dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara. From 1978 to 1996, Dr. Oliver taught sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Steven Nelson to Lead the African Studies Center at UCLA

Steven Nelson to Lead the African Studies Center at UCLA

Dr. Nelson is a professor of African and African American art and architectural history at the university. Professor Nelson is currently working on books about the Underground Railroad and the history of the city of Dakar.

Duke University Acquires Marcus Garvey Papers Collection

Duke University Acquires Marcus Garvey Papers Collection

The collection includes the papers and research documents used by Professor Robert A. Hill to compose the 12-volume Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers.

A "Black-Sounding" Name Makes Whites Assume a Larger, More Dangerous Person

A “Black-Sounding” Name Makes Whites Assume a Larger, More Dangerous Person

A new study by researchers at UCLA finds that Whites assume that any person with a Black-sounding name is similar in characteristics to a person with a White-sounding name who they were told has a criminal record.

Students Wear Blackface at UCLA Party

Students Wear Blackface at UCLA Party

The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority at the University of California, Los Angeles held a “Kanye Western” party. Some White students wore baggy pants and used blackface.

Toni Morrison Awarded the UCLA Medal

Toni Morrison Awarded the UCLA Medal

Toni Morrison, professor emerita at Princeton University, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. In 1993, she was the first African American woman to win a Nobel Prize. On October 5, she received the UCLA Medal for “distinguished academic and professional achievement.”

Danielle Laraque-Arena Named President of SUNY's Upstate Medical University

Danielle Laraque-Arena Named President of SUNY’s Upstate Medical University

A native of Haiti, Dr. Laraque-Arena has been serving as chair of the department of pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and as a professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

Racial Incident on the Campus of Emporia State University in Kansas

Racial Incident on the Campus of Emporia State University in Kansas

A Black couple, who were both employees of the university, allege that they have been subjected to a racially hostile work environment after filing a complaint when they had found a racial slur directed at them in a university office.

In Memoriam: Claudia Alexander, 1959-2015

In Memoriam: Claudia Alexander, 1959-2015

Dr. Alexander joined the staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1986. She was the project manager for the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Cassini mission to Saturn, and the lead U.S. scientist on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission to rendezvous with a comet.

A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Kansas

A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Kansas

Nicole Hodges Persley is the first African American woman to be granted tenure in the department of theatre at the University of Kansas. She is also the first Black scholar to serve as director of the graduate studies in the theatre department.

UCLA Study Identifies Risk Factors for Mental Disorders Among African Americans

UCLA Study Identifies Risk Factors for Mental Disorders Among African Americans

Research conducted at the Center for Culture, Trauma, and Mental Health Disparities at the University of California, Los Angeles, identifies factors that can predict depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder among African Americans.

Tracking Racial Diversity in Universities of the Pacific Athletic Conference

Tracking Racial Diversity in Universities of the Pacific Athletic Conference

Enrollment data shows that many schools in the PAC-12 have high percentages of students from ethnic minority groups. But, the vast majority of ethnic minority students at PAC-12 schools are either Hispanic or Asian. Very few are Black.

The Next Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The Next Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. has been serving as professor of public policy and political science and dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1986. Dr. Gilliam will become chancellor of UNCG on September 8.

UCLA Faculty Agree to Institute a Required Course on Diversity

UCLA Faculty Agree to Institute a Required Course on Diversity

Beginning this fall, all incoming first-year students in the College of Letters and Science will be required to pass a diversity-related course with a letter grade of C or better in order to graduate.

Alain Mabanckou Is a Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize

Alain Mabanckou Is a Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize

Alain Mabanckou is a professor of French and Francophone studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. A native of the Congo, he taught at the University of Michigan for three years before joining the UCLA faculty in 2006.

Terri Givens Named Provost at Menlo College in California

Terri Givens Named Provost at Menlo College in California

Dr. Givens, a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, was the first African American women to serve as vice provost at the University of Texas.

Valerie Smith Named the 15th President of Swarthmore College

Valerie Smith Named the 15th President of Swarthmore College

Valerie Smith, dean of the college and the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University, was named president of Swarthmore College. She will take office on July 1.

Report Finds Wide Racial Disparity in School Discipline of Girls

Report Finds Wide Racial Disparity in School Discipline of Girls

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education cited in the report, nationally Black girls were suspended six times more than White girls. Rates of expulsion were even more strikingly disproportionate.

Diversity Course Requirement at UCLA Faces Another Hurdle

Diversity Course Requirement at UCLA Faces Another Hurdle

This past October, the members of the faculty of the College and Letters narrowly approved a requirement that all undergraduates take a course on diversity in order to graduate. Opponents have now scheduled a vote among all UCLA faculty, whose support is in doubt.

UCLA Honors Jackie Robinson

UCLA Honors Jackie Robinson

The University of California, Los Angeles is retiring Jackie Robinson’s #42 for all men’s and women’s sports. It also renamed its sports and recreation complex in Robinson’s honor.

Study Finds Community College Helps Minority Students on the Road to a Bachelor's Degree

Study Finds Community College Helps Minority Students on the Road to a Bachelor’s Degree

The authors found that for disadvantaged students, who represent the majority of community college-goers, enrolling at a community college has a modest positive effect on their likelihood of completing a bachelor’s degree.

Study Finds Declining Support for Diversity Among Whites Who Are Informed of Demographic Trends

Study Finds Declining Support for Diversity Among Whites Who Are Informed of Demographic Trends

A study by psychologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, finds declining support for multiculturalism and diversity among Whites who were informed that they will no longer be a majority of the population by 2050.

In Memoriam: Gerald Stanley Wilson, 1918-2014

In Memoriam: Gerald Stanley Wilson, 1918-2014

Wilson was a bandleader, composer, musician, and long-time educator at the University of California, Los Angeles. Wilson taught a course entitled “The Development of Jazz” at UCLA from 1992 to 2008.

A Blueprint for Advancing the Educational Success of Black Males

A Blueprint for Advancing the Educational Success of Black Males

A consortium of seven research centers on education have issued a report that offers an assessment of the educational status of African American males at all levels of education and offers recommendations on what can be done to improve their prospects for success.

Minority Students at Public Charter Schools Less Likely to Engage in Risky Behaviors

Minority Students at Public Charter Schools Less Likely to Engage in Risky Behaviors

The study examined a group of nearly 1,000 students, about half of them who were admitted by lottery to public charter schools and half who were not. The ones admitted to the charter schools were significantly less likely to engage in risky behaviors.

UCLA Settles a Racial Profiling Claim by a Los Angeles Judge

UCLA Settles a Racial Profiling Claim by a Los Angeles Judge

Judge David S. Cunningham said he was was shoved against his car, handcuffed, and placed in the back of a police cruiser. He filed a $10 million claim against UCLA for excessive force and racial profiling.

UCLA Biologist Tracy L. Johnson Named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor

UCLA Biologist Tracy L. Johnson Named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has announced the appointment of 15 scientists as HHMI Professors. Of the 15 new HHMI Professors, only one appears to be an African American.

UCLA Mural on "The Black Experience" Again Sees the Light of Day

UCLA Mural on “The Black Experience” Again Sees the Light of Day

In 1970, seven artists painted a mural on a wall in the Ackerman Union on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. When the building was renovated in 1992, the mural was hidden behind a temporary wall. It has now been restored for public display.

Seven African American Scholars Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Seven African American Scholars Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Through an analysis of the list of new fellows conducted by JBHE, it appears that 11 of the 188 new American members of the AAAS are African Americans. Thus, African Americans make up only 5.9 percent of the new members of the academy.

UCLA to Establish a Department of African American Studies

UCLA to Establish a Department of African American Studies

Under the proposal, the interdepartmental program in Afro-American studies will be disbanded and the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the field will be transferred to the new department.

UCLA May Departmentalize African American Studies

UCLA May Departmentalize African American Studies

If the program became a department, Black studies could recruit its own faculty, expand partnerships with other academic entities, and possibly develop a doctoral program in the field.