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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.

UCLA Research Finds Blacks Have More Advanced Cases of Thyroid Cancer at Time of Diagnosis

UCLA Research Finds Blacks Have More Advanced Cases of Thyroid Cancer at Time of Diagnosis

A team of researchers at UCLA examined more than 26,000 cases of patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer between the years 1999 and 2008. Minorities had far more advanced cancers than Whites at the time of diagnosis.

Herbie Hancock Named the 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University

Herbie Hancock Named the 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University

As the Norton Professor, Hancock will give a series of six lectures entitled “The Ethics of Jazz” during the spring semester. Among the previous holders of the post are T.S. Eliot, Igor Stravinsky, and Leonard Bernstein.

UCLA Receives Donation of African Art Valued at More Than $14 Million

UCLA Receives Donation of African Art Valued at More Than $14 Million

The Fowler Museum at the University of California at Los Angeles has received a donation of 92 pieces of African art from the collection of Jay T. and Deborah R. Last of Beverly Hills.

Factors That Foster Educational Success Among Youth From Low-Income Families

Factors That Foster Educational Success Among Youth From Low-Income Families

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles, has identified five factors that have a major impact on whether or not students from low-income families succeed in higher education.

Yasmin Delahoussaye Is the New Leader of Los Angeles Southwest College

Yasmin Delahoussaye Is the New Leader of Los Angeles Southwest College

Since 2010, Dr. Delahoussaye has been serving as vice chancellor of educational programs and institutional effectiveness for the Los Angeles Community College District. She has been an administrator for the district since 1988 and previously taught at the School of Education of UCLA.

University-Developed Intervention Reduces Unprotected Sex Among Bisexual Black Men

University-Developed Intervention Reduces Unprotected Sex Among Bisexual Black Men

The Men of African American Legacy Empowering Self (MAALES) program engaged Black men in small discussion groups on safe sex practices for men who had sex with both women and men. The discussions also included culturally relevant discussions that were centered upon Black men.

New Book Explores the Causes of the 1992 Race Riot in Los Angeles

New Book Explores the Causes of the 1992 Race Riot in Los Angeles

A new book by Brenda Stevenson, a professor of history at UCLA, makes the argument that the causes of the 1992 Los Angeles riots following the acquittal of police officers in the Rodney King case can be traced back to the March 1991 murder of a Black teenager by a Korean shopkeeper.

UCLA Scientists Develop Promising New Treatment for Sickle-Cell Disease

UCLA Scientists Develop Promising New Treatment for Sickle-Cell Disease

This potential treatment for sickle-cell disease is of particular interest to the African American community. While people of any race can have the sickle-cell trait, the disease is far more common among African Americans than it is among Whites.

New Study Documents Huge Racial Disparity in School Suspensions

New Study Documents Huge Racial Disparity in School Suspensions

The study by researchers at the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles found that up to 40 percent of all Black students in schools in Chicago, Dallas, Memphis, and St. Louis were suspended at least once during the school year.

Petition Calls on UCLA to Establish the Jackie Robinson Institute of Sports Business

Petition Calls on UCLA to Establish the Jackie Robinson Institute of Sports Business

An online petition calls on the University of California to establish an institute of sports business to honor the legacy of Jackie Robinson. The petition also seeks to rename a portion of a street adjacent to the UCLA campus, Jackie Robinson Way.

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

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

Each year the characteristics and attitudes of first-year college students are surveyed by researchers at UCLA. We then make comparisons between all first-year students and just those at HBCUs.

UCLA Adds Two Jazz Greats to Its Faculty

UCLA Adds Two Jazz Greats to Its Faculty

The Herb Alpert School of Music at the University of California at Los Angeles has announced that jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter have joined the faculty of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.