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Three African Americans Who Have Been Assigned to New Roles Relating to Diversity

Three African Americans Who Have Been Assigned to New Roles Relating to Diversity

Taking on new duties relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion are Brooke Berry at Virginia Commonwealth University, Daniel Hastings at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Barbara J. Lawrence at Rider University in Lawrence Township, New Jersey.

Virginia Commonwealth University's First Novelist Award Given to Raven Leilani

Virginia Commonwealth University’s First Novelist Award Given to Raven Leilani

Raven Leilani, who has served as an Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence at New York University, is the recipient of the 2021 Cabell First Novelist Award given by the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University. The award, now in its 20th year, honors an outstanding debut novel published during the preceding calendar year.

Study Shows How COVID-19 Widened the Racial Gap in Life Expectancy in the United States

Study Shows How COVID-19 Widened the Racial Gap in Life Expectancy in the United States

The study found that the gap in life expectancy between Black and White populations decreased from 4.02 years in 2010 to 3.54 years in 2014. But the gap increased to 5.81 years in 2020. In 2020, life expectancy for Black men was only 67.73 years, the lowest level since 1998.

African Americans Not Making Progress Into the Top Ranks of Academic Surgery Positions

African Americans Not Making Progress Into the Top Ranks of Academic Surgery Positions

Over the six-year study period, the share of surgery department chairs and full professorships held by White doctors decreased by 4 to 5 percentage points, but it was Asian faculty who filled the void, rising by 4 percentage points over the same timeframe. Male Black chairs actually lost ground during the study period.

The New Leader of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising

The New Leader of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising

Melinda Anderson currently serves as the interim associate vice chancellor for student success at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. NACADA, with approximately 15,000 members in 35 countries, is housed in the College of Education at Kansas State University.

Former President of Disneyland to Lead the Business School at Santa Clara University

Former President of Disneyland to Lead the Business School at Santa Clara University

Grier has been serving as dean of the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University. He joined VCU in 2010 after a successful 29-year career with Walt Disney Company. He will become dean of the School of Business at Santa Clara University this coming summer.

Excess Deaths Due to the Pandemic Have Been the Highest in the African American Community

Excess Deaths Due to the Pandemic Have Been the Highest in the African American Community

More than a quarter of the excess deaths during the pandemic were not from the virus itself but the result of not seeking or finding adequate care in an emergency such as a heart attack, experiencing fatal complications from a chronic disease such as diabetes, or facing a behavioral health crisis that led to suicide or drug overdose.

Academic Study Examines Reluctance of Older African Americans to Seek Mental Health Care

Academic Study Examines Reluctance of Older African Americans to Seek Mental Health Care

A new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and the University of Maryland finds that older African Americans living in U.S. counties with a higher population of Black residents are less likely to pursue mental health treatment than other African American seniors.

Study Finds That Racial Segregation in Public Schools in Virginia Is on the Rise

Study Finds That Racial Segregation in Public Schools in Virginia Is on the Rise

The report, by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Pennsylvania State University, reveals that segregation among schools in the same division contributes to half or more of all multiracial school segregation in Virginia’s metropolitan regions.

New Administrative Positions for Nine African Americans at Colleges and Universities

New Administrative Positions for Nine African Americans at Colleges and Universities

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.

Two African American Woman Appointed to University Dean Positions

Two African American Woman Appointed to University Dean Positions

Loury Ollison Floyd has been named dean of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Carmenita D. Higginbotham, an art historian, has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.

The New Dean of the School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth

The New Dean of the School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth

Susan T. Gooden has served as interim dean since May 2018. Professor Gooden joined the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004.  Earlier, she was an assistant and associate professor in the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech.

Four Black Faculty Members Receive Notable Honors and Awards

Four Black Faculty Members Receive Notable Honors and Awards

The honorees are Tressie McMillan Cottom of Virginia Commonwealth University, Mejai Bola Mike Avoseh of the University of South Dakota, Cle Cousins of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Derek D. Bardell of Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

Katherine Clay Bassard Will Be the Next Provost at Rhodes College in Memphis

Katherine Clay Bassard Will Be the Next Provost at Rhodes College in Memphis

Dr. Bassard currently serves as a professor of English and interim senior associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University. Earlier, she was senior vice provost for faculty affairs at VCU.

Robert Winn Named Director of the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University

Robert Winn Named Director of the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Winn has been serving as the director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center in Chicago and as associate vice chancellor of health affairs for community-based practice at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System.

In Memoriam: Paule Marshall, 1929-2019

In Memoriam: Paule Marshall, 1929-2019

Paule Marshall taught at both Virginia Commonwealth University and New York University. She authored numerous novels, essays, and works of short fiction.

Oluyinka Olutoye to Head Pediatric Surgery at Ohio State University

Oluyinka Olutoye to Head Pediatric Surgery at Ohio State University

A native of Nigeria, Dr. Olutoye completed his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also completed fellowships in pediatric and fetal surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Nationwide Study Finds Major Racial Gap in School Suspensions and Expulsions

Nationwide Study Finds Major Racial Gap in School Suspensions and Expulsions

The study offers a comprehensive look at racial disparities in school discipline involving expulsion or suspension from school at secondary educational institutions throughout the United States. The study examined disciplinary records involving nearly 16,000 middle schools and more than 18,000 high schools all across the country.

Five African American Faculty Members Honored With Prestigious Awards

Five African American Faculty Members Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Paul C. Clement of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Tressie McMillan Cottom of Virginia Commonwealth University, Mary Atwater of the University of Georgia, Ronke Olabisi of Rutgers University in New Jersey, and Connie Dacus of Alabama State University.

Two Black Male Medical School Professors Who Are Taking on New Roles

Two Black Male Medical School Professors Who Are Taking on New Roles

Russell Reid has been named the first Bernard G. Sarnat M.D. Professor in the department of surgery at the University of Chicago School of Medicine and Patrick Nana-Sinkam, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been elected as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Mario Berry at Texas Southern University in Houston, Edward Pittman at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, Maureen O. Stokes at Worcester State University in Massachusetts, and Natalie Pennywell at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

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.

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions 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.

Study Shows How to Increase Black Male Teachers in Special Education Programs

Study Shows How to Increase Black Male Teachers in Special Education Programs

The strategy involves developing specific motivations for Black men to become special education teachers as well as focused strategies for recruitment and retention of Black males for these positions.

Stephanie Adams Will Lead the American Society for Engineering Education

Stephanie Adams Will Lead the American Society for Engineering Education

Stephanie Adams is dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She will serve one year as president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education beginning in June and will become president of the organization in June 2019.

New Duties for Two African American Male Psychology Scholars

New Duties for Two African American Male Psychology Scholars

Professor Aashir Nasim has been given the added duties as vice president for inclusive excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Zollie Stevenson an associate professor at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, was appointed vice president for academic affairs.

Notable Awards for Three African American Faculty Members

Notable Awards for Three African American Faculty Members

The three honorees are Faye Belgrave, University Professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Aldon Morris, who holds an endowed chair at Northwestern University, and Jeremy Winston, an assistant professor of music and chorus director at Central State University in Ohio.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Positions

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Positions

Taking on new administrative roles are Tomika P. LeGrande at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, John Barker at the University of Rochester in New York, Yesomni Umolu of the University of Chicago, and Darryl Holloman at Spelman College in Atlanta.

In Memoriam: Grace Victoria Edmondson Harris, 1933-2018

In Memoriam: Grace Victoria Edmondson Harris, 1933-2018

Dr. Harris was the first African American women to serve as a chief academic officer at a four-year public university in Virginia. She served on the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond for 48 years.

Four African American Women Taking on New Faculty Roles

Four African American Women Taking on New Faculty Roles

The four Black women appointed to new faculty positions are LaShanda Korley at the University of Delaware, Alison Curseen at Boston College, Sonya Clark at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Rizvana Bradley at Yale University.

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.

In Memoriam: Wanda S. Mitchell, 1959-2017

In Memoriam: Wanda S. Mitchell, 1959-2017

Dr. Mitchell served as the chief diversity officer at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and was an affiliate professor in the department of counseling and special education in the university’s School of Education.

A Trio of Black Scholars Honored With Distinguished Awards

A Trio of Black Scholars Honored With Distinguished Awards

The honorees are Em Claire Knowles of Simmons College in Boston, Tressie McMillan Cottom of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and Robert A. Winn of the University of illinois at Chicago.

The New Dean of the College of Social Work at the University of Utah

The New Dean of the College of Social Work at the University of Utah

For the past five years, Dr. Martell Teasley has been chair of the department of social work in the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. This past February, Dr. Teasley was elected president of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work.

Manuscript of Slave Autobiography to Be Published in Digital Form

Manuscript of Slave Autobiography to Be Published in Digital Form

Fields Cook was born into slavery on a Virginia plantation in 1817. His “A Scetch of My Own Life by Fields Cook” is one of the few, if only, surviving manuscripts written before the Civil War by a slave still in bondage.

New Roles for Two Black Faculty Members at Major Universities

New Roles for Two Black Faculty Members at Major Universities

Kelechi C. Ogbonna, an assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University, was named associate dean for admissions and student services and Jennifer Richeson was appointed the Philip R. Allen Professor of Psychology at Yale University.