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In Memoriam: Gwendolyn Gordon, 1980-2021

In Memoriam: Gwendolyn Gordon, 1980-2021

Dr. Gordon was an assistant professor in the department of legal studies and business ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a secondary appointment in the School of Arts and Sciences’ department of anthropology. She held degrees from three different Ivy League universities.

Gene Wade to Lead the Propel Center, a Hub for HBCU Innovation and Learning

Gene Wade to Lead the Propel Center, a Hub for HBCU Innovation and Learning

Gene Wade most recently served as founder and CEO of Honors Pathway in Oakland, California, a social venture that enables low-income students to attend their first year of college at no cost while receiving over 500 hours of in-person coaching and mentoring.

In Memoriam: Carol Lani Guinier, 1950-2022

In Memoriam: Carol Lani Guinier, 1950-2022

Lani Guinier was the first woman of color to be a tenured professor at Harvard Law School. Earlier, she taught for 10 years at the law school of the University of Pennsylvania.

Three Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles at Major Univerities

Three Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Roles at Major Univerities

Renee Cunningham-Williams is the inaugural Watts Endowed Professor of Social Work at Arizona State University. Professor Martell Teasley is serving as interim senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Utah and Kevin Johnson has been named the David L. Cohen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Colette Pierce Burnette Is Stepping Down as President of Huston-Tillotson University in Texas

Colette Pierce Burnette Is Stepping Down as President of Huston-Tillotson University in Texas

Dr. Pierce Burnette was named president in 2015. She is the first woman to hold the position since the 1952 merger of Tillotson College and Samuel Huston College. She will pass the baton of leadership on June 30.

Anita Allen Wins the APA's Highest Honor for Service to Philosophy

Anita Allen Wins the APA’s Highest Honor for Service to Philosophy

Professor Allen is an internationally renowned expert on philosophical dimensions of privacy and data protection law, ethics, bioethics, legal philosophy, women’s rights, and diversity in higher education. In 2018-19, she was the first Black woman to serve as president of the American Philosophical Association.

Roberta Waite Appointed Dean of the Georgetown University School of Nursing

Roberta Waite Appointed Dean of the Georgetown University School of Nursing

Dr. Waite is a professor of nursing and executive director of Drexel University’s Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services – a nurse-managed community-based organization that provides comprehensive care to thousands of individuals each year.

The Modern Language Association Announces the Winner of the William Sanders Scarborough Prize

The Modern Language Association Announces the Winner of the William Sanders Scarborough Prize

Joshua Bennett, professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, was named the winner of the twentieth annual William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association. The prize is awarded for an outstanding scholarly study of African American literature or culture.

Three Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Three Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Taking on new roles will be Sydney Freeman Jr. at the University of Pennsylvania, Regina Stevens-Truss at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, and Kwame Amoah at the University of Cincinnati.

New Positions or Assignments for a Quartet of Black Scholars

New Positions or Assignments for a Quartet of Black Scholars

Taking on new roles are Marcus L. Johnson at the Virginia Tech School of Education, Tracey Conti at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Anthea Butler at the University of Pennsylvania, and Michael Javen Fortner at Claremont McKenna College in California.

University of Pennsylvania's Elijah Anderson Wins the 2021 Stockholm Prize in Criminology

University of Pennsylvania’s Elijah Anderson Wins the 2021 Stockholm Prize in Criminology

The Stockholm Prize in Criminology is an international prize established under the aegis of the Swedish Ministry of Justice. First awarded in 2006, the prize recognizes outstanding achievements in criminological research or the application of research results to reduce crime and advance human rights.

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.

Analysis of Consumer Reviews Uncovers Racism in Acute-Care Hospitals

Analysis of Consumer Reviews Uncovers Racism in Acute-Care Hospitals

An analysis of 90,786 online consumer reviews of U.S. acute-care hospitals published on Yelp, found that consumers experienced racism from a variety of actors, ranging from clinical staff, such as physicians and nurses, to other critical hospital personnel such as security officers and reception staff.

Mary Frances Berry Wins the Lewis Award for History and Social Justice

Mary Frances Berry Wins the Lewis Award for History and Social Justice

The Lewis Prize is offered annually to recognize a historian for leadership and sustained engagement at the intersection of historical work, public culture, and social justice. The prize is named in memory of John Lewis, the civil rights icon who represented Georgia in the United States House of Representatives for 34 years.

Olufunke Fontenot is the New Provost at Fort Valley State University in Georgia

Olufunke Fontenot is the New Provost at Fort Valley State University in Georgia

Before coming to Fort Valley State University in 2019, Dr. Fontenot served as the interim regional vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg. Dr. Fontenot also served as associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs, and interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Albany State University in Georgia.

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.

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.

Dione Somerville is the New President of Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio

Dione Somerville is the New President of Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio

Dr. Somerville has held leadership positions at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Lorain County Community College, Iowa State University, Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, and most recently Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was executive vice president.

Temple University in Philadelphia Names Jason Wingard as Its Next President

Temple University in Philadelphia Names Jason Wingard as Its Next President

In 2015, Dr. Wingard was appointed dean of the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University in New York City. He also held the rank of professor at the school. Previously, Dr. Wingard was the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment firm.

Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans in Higher Education

Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans in Higher Education

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.

Bridgette M. Brawner Honored by the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses

Bridgette M. Brawner Honored by the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses

Bridgette M. Brawner is an associate professor in the department of family and community health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her research focuses on HIV and AIDS among Black residents of Philadelphia and on how mental health conditions, such as depression in Black youth, correlate with unhealthy behaviors.

University of Pennsylvania Has Announced Plans for Its 1,300 Piece Morton Collection of Crania

University of Pennsylvania Has Announced Plans for Its 1,300 Piece Morton Collection of Crania

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has announced its action plan regarding the repatriation or reburial of ancestors, including the remains of enslaved individuals and Black Philadelphians. Today, the Morton Collection consists of over 1,300 crania that range in date from ancient Egyptian times to the 19th century.

Four Black Scholars Taking on  New Faculty Assignments at Universities

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Assignments at Universities

Taking on new positions or titles are Grace Musila at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Herman Beavers at the University of Pennsylvania, Dianah Wynter at Arizona State University, and Sekou Cooke at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The High Toll of Gun Violence in Majority-Black Neighborhoods

The High Toll of Gun Violence in Majority-Black Neighborhoods

Utilizing data from the Gun Violence Archive and American Community Survey, the researchers found that, among middle-class neighborhoods, the rate of gun homicides is more than four times higher in neighborhoods with mostly Black residents than neighborhoods with mostly White residents.

New Administrative Duties Have Been Assigned to Five African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Duties Have Been Assigned to Five African Americans in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Barkley Barton II at the University of Georgia, Krista L. Cortes at the University of Pennsylvania, Dee Frazier at Clinton College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Ollie Green III at the University of Pittsburgh, and Kerry Stevenson at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama.

C. Andrew McGadney Named the 20th President of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois

C. Andrew McGadney Named the 20th President of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois

Dr. McGadney currently serves as vice president and dean of student advancement at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Prior to coming to Colby, Dr. McGadney was vice president for university advancement at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Princeton University's Keith Wailoo Will Share the $1 Million David Dan Prize

Princeton University’s Keith Wailoo Will Share the $1 Million David Dan Prize

Keith Wailoo is the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is being honored for his historical scholarship focused on race, science, and health equity; on the social implications of medical innovation; and on the politics of disease.

Four African Americans Taking on New Positions as Diversity Officers

Four African Americans Taking on New Positions as Diversity Officers

Appointed to posts in diversity, equity, and inclusion are Christopher Manning at the University of Southern California, Jessica Harris at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Matthew C. Chaney at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and Roderick J. Gilbert at the University of Pennsylvania.

Utica College in New York to Debut an Africana Studies Program

Utica College in New York to Debut an Africana Studies Program

The program has been developed to provide many perspectives and address four pillars of education, including Africa and sub-Saharan Africa; African diaspora in the United States; North Africa and Islamic histories in Africa; and Afro-Latinx experiences.

The American Society of Criminology Honors Book by Berkeley Professor Nikki Jones

The American Society of Criminology Honors Book by Berkeley Professor Nikki Jones

Nikki Jones, a professor of African American studies at the University of California, Berkeley, has won the 2020 Michael J. Hindelang Award from the American Society of Criminology. The award recognizes a book published within the past three years that makes the most outstanding contribution to research in criminology.

Berkeley's Nikki Jones Honored by the Western Society of Criminology

Berkeley’s Nikki Jones Honored by the Western Society of Criminology

Nikki Jones, a professor of African American studies at the University of California, Berkeley, has been awarded the 2020 W.E.B. DuBois Award from the Western Society of Criminology for her work in raising awareness for racial and ethic issues in criminology and criminal justice.

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.

The Racial Disparity in Fatal Police Shootings Has Not Improved in Five Years

The Racial Disparity in Fatal Police Shootings Has Not Improved in Five Years

Researchers at Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania analyzed more than 5,300 fatal police shooting from 2015 to May 2020. They found that Black people were killed at 2.6 times the rate of White people. Among unarmed victims, Black people were killed at three times the rate for Whites.

University of Pennsylvania's New Initiative to Preserve Black Heritage Sites

University of Pennsylvania’s New Initiative to Preserve Black Heritage Sites

The University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design is launching a new initiative to advance the understanding and sustainable conservation of heritage sites relating to African American struggles for equality, from before the passage of the 14th Amendment to the present day.

College of Engineering at Cornell University Honors Its Former Dean, Lance R. Collins

College of Engineering at Cornell University Honors Its Former Dean, Lance R. Collins

Dr. Collins served as the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell University from 2010 to 2020. On August 1, 2020, he became the inaugural vice president and executive director of Virginia Tech’s new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, Virginia.

The New President of St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina

The New President of St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail was previously the sixth president and CEO at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, founding chancellor at the Community College of Baltimore County, president of St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, and president of Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis.