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Ivory V. Nelson Serving as Interim Provost at Jackson State University

Ivory V. Nelson Serving as Interim Provost at Jackson State University

Dr. Nelson, now 83 years old, served as president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2011. He has come out of retirement to serve as interim provost at Jackson State University to help an old friend who is the new president of the university.

The First African American President of Eureka College in Illinois

The First African American President of Eureka College in Illinois

Jamel Santa Cruze Wright has been serving as interim president of the college since July 2016. Dr. Wright first came to Eureka College in 2014 as chief diversity officer and vice president for strategic and diversity initiatives.

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.

Do College and University Rankings Inhibit the Drive for Racial Diversity?

Do College and University Rankings Inhibit the Drive for Racial Diversity?

The authors of the study say that the rankings tend to produce conformity, with lower-ranked educational institutions trying to emulate their higher-ranked peers.

Five African American Faculty Members Given New Assignments

Five African American Faculty Members Given New Assignments

The faculty members taking on new roles are Dineo Khabele at the University of Kansas Health System, Cullen Buie at MIT, Ingrid M. Nembhard at Yale University, Cherlon Ussery at Carleton College in Minnesota, and Kami Chavis at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Duties at Major Universities

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Duties at Major Universities

Rachel L. Swarns will join the faculty at New York University. Jennifer Hamer, a professor at the University of Kansas, will serve as vice provost for diversity. Autumn Womack was hired to the faculty at Princeton and Ibram X. Kendi is joining the faculty at American University.

University Study Finds School Discipline Policies Unfairly Impact Black Girls

University Study Finds School Discipline Policies Unfairly Impact Black Girls

The authors point out that Black girls have a higher rate of suspensions than girls from any other racial or ethnic group and have a higher rate of suspension than for boys, except for African Americans and American Indians.

University of Kansas to Develop Curriculum for Teaching About the 1967 Riots

University of Kansas to Develop Curriculum for Teaching About the 1967 Riots

The three-week seminar, entitled “Teaching the Long Hot Summer of 1967 and Beyond,” will allow 30 high school teachers to develop lesson plans for teaching about this period of civil rights history.

University of Kansas Seeks to Boost Participation of Underrepresented Groups in Cancer Clinical Trials

University of Kansas Seeks to Boost Participation of Underrepresented Groups in Cancer Clinical Trials

The series of videos, posters, fliers and more will feature patients’ own doctors and nurses while addressing the concerns and questions they most often have about participating in such trials.

Scholars Say Color Blindness Avoids the Still Important Issue of Race

Scholars Say Color Blindness Avoids the Still Important Issue of Race

Scholars at the University of Kansas, the University of Washington, and the University of Wyoming say that professions of color blindness tell young people that their race or ethnicity doesn’t matter or isn’t an important factor in history or their everyday lives.

Courtroom Where Emmett Till's Murderers Were Acquitted to Be a History Museum

Courtroom Where Emmett Till’s Murderers Were Acquitted to Be a History Museum

David Tell, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas is leading a project to transform a courtroom in the Tallahatchie County Courthouse in Sumner, Mississippi, into an interactive history museum.

University of Kansas Aims to Increase Diversity in Its Undergraduate Business Degree Programs

University of Kansas Aims to Increase Diversity in Its Undergraduate Business Degree Programs

The Summer Venture in Business Program is a three-day, pre-college summer program that will familiarize potential business students from underrepresented groups with college academic and social life.

Student-Faculty Interactions Have a Major Impact on Students' Perceptions of a Welcoming Campus

Student-Faculty Interactions Have a Major Impact on Students’ Perceptions of a Welcoming Campus

The results show that nine of the 12 types of student-faculty interactions had a statistically significant association with a student’s perception of the overall campus climate regarding diversity. Five student-faculty interactions had a positive impact and four had a negative impact.

In Memoriam: David Nganga Mburu, 1965-2016

In Memoriam: David Nganga Mburu, 1965-2016

A native of Kenya, Dr. Mburu taught courses in the language of Kiswahili and popular culture in East Africa at the University of Kansas. Earlier, he taught at California State University, Sacramento.

Bernadette Gray-Little to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Kansas

Bernadette Gray-Little to Step Down as Chancellor of the University of Kansas

Bernadette Gray-Little, the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas, announced that she will step down at the end of the current academic year. When she was named chancellor in 2009, Dr. Gray-Little became the first woman and the first African American in history to hold the position.

In Memoriam: Robert Colbert, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Robert Colbert, 1950-2016

Robert Colbert was an associate professor and director of the counseling program in the department of educational psychology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

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.

Study Finds a Persisting Racial Gap in National Institute of Health Grant Awards

Study Finds a Persisting Racial Gap in National Institute of Health Grant Awards

A new academic study finds that race appears to still play a role in the awarding of grants from the National Institutes of Health but the gender of the grant applicant apparently no longer plays a significant role.

African American Faculty Members Making News

African American Faculty Members Making News

African American faculty members taking on new roles are Kali Nicole Gross at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, La Marr Jurelle Bruce of the University of Maryland, College Park, Jennifer Hamer of the University of Kansas, and Talitha LeFlouria at the University of Virginia.

Three Black Educators Announce Their Retirements

Three Black Educators Announce Their Retirements

Stepping down from teaching positions are Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka at the University of Kansas, James F. Densler at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Randolph J. Johnson at Delaware State University.

University of Kansas to Honor 1965 Civil Rights Campus Protestors

University of Kansas to Honor 1965 Civil Rights Campus Protestors

On March 5, 1965, about 150 students – both Black and White – marched to the administration building and staged a sit-in outside the office of the chancellor. They had a list of seven demands relating to eradicating segregation in housing and student organizations on campus, particularly fraternities and sororities.

Four African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Appointed to new administrative positions are Judy Jackson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aramis Watson at the University of Kansas, Cameron J. Hall at Augustana College in Illinois and Dale R. Hendricks at the University of Massachusetts.

The Role of Geography and Race in Remembrances of the Murder of Emmett Till

The Role of Geography and Race in Remembrances of the Murder of Emmett Till

David Tell, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, is working on a book project on how questions of geography and race have altered remembrances of the Emmett Till murder case.

In Memoriam: Toni Kay Johnson, 1956-2016

In Memoriam: Toni Kay Johnson, 1956-2016

Dr. Johnson joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in 2005 and was promoted to associate professor in 2012. Before joining the University of Kansas faculty, Dr. Johnson taught in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee-Memphis.

Two African Americans Who Have Retired From University Positions

Two African Americans Who Have Retired From University Positions

Joan Morrison, assistant director of the Office of Alumni Relations at North Carolina Central University and Ralph Oliver, director of public safety and chief of police at the University of Kansas, have retired.

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.

University of Kansas Faculty Member Placed on Leave After Allegedly Using Racial Slur in Class

University of Kansas Faculty Member Placed on Leave After Allegedly Using Racial Slur in Class

In a letter to the campus community, students in the class stated that the assistant professor said, “As a White woman I just never have seen the racism…It’s not like I see ‘Nigger’ spray painted on walls.”

Jamel Santa Cruze Bell to Lead Eureka College in Illinois

Jamel Santa Cruze Bell to Lead Eureka College in Illinois

The board of trustees of Eureka College in Illinois has named Jamel Santa Cruze Bell as interim president of the educational institution, effective July 1, 2016. She currently serves as vice president for strategic and diversity initiatives.

Bernadette Gray-Little Named Board Chair at the Association of Public Land-grant Universities

Bernadette Gray-Little Named Board Chair at the Association of Public Land-grant Universities

The Association of Public Land-grant Universities is a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing 238 public research universities and land-grant institutions. Dr. Gray-Little has been chancellor of the University of Kansas since 2009.

New Administrative Duties for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Duties for Seven African Americans 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.

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.

Faculty Diversity Is Key in the Perception of Fair Discipline in Public Schools

Faculty Diversity Is Key in the Perception of Fair Discipline in Public Schools

A new study, authored by researchers at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri, finds that both Black and White students at public schools with a higher percentage of Black teachers have the impression that discipline is more fair than at schools with a low number of Black faculty.

University of Kansas Study Finds Darker Skin Negatively Affects Employment Prospects

University of Kansas Study Finds Darker Skin Negatively Affects Employment Prospects

The data, analyzed by researchers at the University of Kansas, showed that even after accounting for the effects of race and other demographic and education variables, darker skin lessened the likelihood that immigrant men would find jobs.

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.

Four Black Scholars in New Faculty Posts

Four Black Scholars in New Faculty Posts

Taking on new faculty roles are Yosvany Terry at Harvard University, Darrick Hamilton at The New School, Paula T. Hammond at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Eugene T. Parker III at the University of Kansas.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

The new appointees are Tamica Smith Jones, Tammara Durham, Cedric Gathings, Anthony L. Holloman, Geovette E. Washington, Bernadine M. Douglas, Donell Young, and Timothy Davis.