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The First African American President of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle

The First African American President of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle

Raymond Tymas-Jones has been serving as associate vice president for the arts at the University of Utah. Previously, he served for 12 years as dean of the College of Fine Arts at the university.

New Duties or Positions for Six African American Faculty Members

New Duties or Positions for Six African American Faculty Members

Taking on new roles are Terri Norton at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, Prince Duren at Jackson State University, Sheretta Butler-Barnes at Washington University in St. Louis, Nathan De’Shon Myers at Arizona State University, Alicia Graf Mack at The Julliard School, and Tayari Jones at Emory University in Atlanta.

Benjamin Akande to Lead the Africa Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis

Benjamin Akande to Lead the Africa Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Akande, a Nigerian-born American citizen. was president of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, from 2015 to 2017. Earlier, he had been serving as a professor of economics and dean of the School of Business and Technology at Webster University in St. Louis.

Washington University Aims to Improve Campus Climate for Faculty and Staff

Washington University Aims to Improve Campus Climate for Faculty and Staff

Washington University in St. Louis is launching the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion. This organization has the mission of improving the campus climate for all faculty and staff members. It will offer networking events, diversity training, and support for existing and new affinity groups.

In Memoriam: Olly W. Wilson, 1937-2018

In Memoriam: Olly W. Wilson, 1937-2018

After teaching at Florida A&M University and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Dr. Wilson joined the music department faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. He retired from teaching in 2002.

Thomas Parham Appointed President of California State University, Dominguez Hills

Thomas Parham Appointed President of California State University, Dominguez Hills

Currently, Dr. Parham serves as vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of California, Irvine. He has held that post since 2011 and has been on the university’s staff for more than 30 years. Earlier, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania.

Study Finds That Police Are More Likely to Use Force Against Higher Income Black Women

Study Finds That Police Are More Likely to Use Force Against Higher Income Black Women

The study showed that for Black men, the lower their income the more likely they were to be the subject of police force. But just the opposite was true for Black women.

Race Determined to Be a Major Factor for Employment of Breast Cancer Survivors

Race Determined to Be a Major Factor for Employment of Breast Cancer Survivors

In a study conducted at Washington University in St. Louis, the data showed that African-American patients were four times more likely to leave the workforce despite fighting a cancer with high survival rates than was the case for White patients of the same age.

Number of Hate Groups Has Stalled While Hate Incidents Have Increased

Number of Hate Groups Has Stalled While Hate Incidents Have Increased

A new analysis by David Cunningham, a professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, finds that the growth of hate groups in the United States has slowed since the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. However, the number of hate incidents has increased.

Washington University in St. Louis Is a New Partner of QuestBridge

Washington University in St. Louis Is a New Partner of QuestBridge

QuestBridge, based in Palo Alto, California, connects high-achieving students from low-income families to 40 of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities.

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Teresa Williams at Washington University in St. Louis, Antonio M. Boyle at Delaware State University, Maurice Gibson at Arkansas State University, Christopher M. Whitt at Creighton University in Omaha, and Todd S. Bryson at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Study Shows Strong Racial Identity Improves Academic Performance of Young Black Women

Study Shows Strong Racial Identity Improves Academic Performance of Young Black Women

A new study led by Sheretta Butler-Barnes, an assistant professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis, finds that young African American women with strong racial identity are more likely to be academically curious and persistent in school.

Intervention Succeeds in Boosting Retention of Students From Underrepresented Groups

Intervention Succeeds in Boosting Retention of Students From Underrepresented Groups

A new intervention program developed at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis has been proven successful in boosting the retention rate and grade point averages of students from underrepresented groups.

Larry Robinson Appointed the 12th President of Florida A&M University

Larry Robinson Appointed the 12th President of Florida A&M University

Dr. Robinson has been serving as interim president of the university, a role he had taken on twice before. Over the years, he has served in a number of posts including provost and vice president of academic affairs and director of the Environmental Sciences Institute.

New Administrative Duties in Higher Education for a Trio of African Americans

New Administrative Duties in Higher Education for a Trio of African Americans

Appointed to new administrative posts are Christina Presberry at Johns Hopkins University, Duane E. Wright at Kentucky State University and Chris Presley at the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.

Benita Powell to Lead the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors

Benita Powell to Lead the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors

Benita Powell is the assistant general counsel at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Powell will serve for a year as president-elect of the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors before taking over the leadership of the organization.

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.

Four African American Women Scholars Taking on New Roles in Academia

Four African American Women Scholars Taking on New Roles in Academia

The Black scholars assigned to new duties are Nadia Nurhussein at Johns Hopkins University, Sonja S. Watson at the University of Texas at Arlington, Danielle Wood at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Peggie R. Smith at Washington University in St. Louis.

A Large Group of African Americans Who Are Taking on New University Administrative Roles

A Large Group of African Americans Who Are Taking on New University Administrative Roles

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.

Washington University Professor Says Schools' Policies on Black Hair Are Discriminatory

Washington University Professor Says Schools’ Policies on Black Hair Are Discriminatory

Several school districts around the nation have adopted policies that prevent students from wearing their hair in braids, twists, dreadlocks and Afros. Kimberly Norwood of Washington University is a leader in the fight to end these discriminatory rules.

Ten African Americans Selected for New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Ten African Americans Selected for New Administrative Posts 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.

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.

Eight African American Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Eight African American Appointed to Administrative Posts 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.

Adia Harvey Wingfield to Lead the Sociologists for Women in Society

Adia Harvey Wingfield to Lead the Sociologists for Women in Society

Adia Harvey Wingfield, a professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, was named president-elect of the Sociologists for Women in Society, an organization dedicated to improving the social position of women through feminist sociological research and writing.

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Thew new appointees are Nathan Stephens at the University of Illinois, Jolene Lane at the University of Akron, Denise Stephens at Washington University, Nathan Cochran at Philander Smith College, Alex Granderson at Mississippi Valley State, Shai L. Butler at the College of St. Rose, and Johnnie Westbrook at Kentucky State.

Washington University Scholar Named a Newspaper's "Person of the Year"

Washington University Scholar Named a Newspaper’s “Person of the Year”

Jason Q. Purnell, an assistant professor in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, was named person of the year by the St. Louis American, which has the largest circulation of any weekly newspaper in Missouri.

Walter Massey Is the New Chair of the Giant Magellan Telescope Project

Walter Massey Is the New Chair of the Giant Magellan Telescope Project

Poised to be the first of a new generation of extremely large telescopes, the Giant Magellan Telescope will be the largest optical telescope in the world when it comes online in 2022. Walter Massey is the former president of Morehouse College and currently serves as chancellor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Black Studies Achieves Departmental Status at Washington University in St. Louis

Black Studies Achieves Departmental Status at Washington University in St. Louis

As a full department, African and African American studies will be better positioned to set curriculum and drive hiring decisions. Gerald Early, the Merle King Professor of Modern Letters, will serve as the inaugural chair of the new department.

Government Reports Decline in Death Rates for Breast Cancer: But Racial Disparities Persist

Government Reports Decline in Death Rates for Breast Cancer: But Racial Disparities Persist

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new data showing a decline in death rates for breast cancer from 2010 to 2014. But the data showed that the decline in death rates was faster for White women than for Black women. This was particularly true for older Black women.

Study Examines Causes of the Lack of Racial Diversity in the Legal Profession

Study Examines Causes of the Lack of Racial Diversity in the Legal Profession

Blacks are only 7 percent of the students admitted to the nation’s law schools. They are only 4.3 percent of the associates and 2 percent of the partners at U.S. law firms. A new study finds that increased mobility in the legal labor market coupled with less access to leadership networks by Black attorneys is a factor.

Will the Internet Serve to Raise Black Participation in Medical Research?

Will the Internet Serve to Raise Black Participation in Medical Research?

In a study of nearly 1,000 people, researchers analyzed DNA to determine genetic factors that were linked to smoking behavior and nicotine additions. Black participants were far less likely to go online to find out if they had these genetic variations that increased their risk.

Choreographer Bill T. Jones to Receive the International Humanities Medal

Choreographer Bill T. Jones to Receive the International Humanities Medal

The award, administered by Washington University in St. Louis, recognizes the lifetime work of a noted scholar, writer, or artist who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the world of letters or arts. The award comes with a $25,000 prize.

Study Finds Large Racial Disparity in Student Loan Debt

Study Finds Large Racial Disparity in Student Loan Debt

Research conducted at Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis found that low-to-moderate income Black students and graduates accrue on average $7,721 more student debt than their White counterparts.

New Center at Washington University to Study How Racism Impacts Social Mobility

New Center at Washington University to Study How Racism Impacts Social Mobility

The Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America (CRISMA) will study ways in which inequality and structural racism affect racial/ethnic disparities in achievement, life chances, social and economic mobility, and health in the United States.

Administrative Appointments for Six African Americans in Higher Education

Administrative Appointments for Six African Americans in Higher Education

The appointees are Ashley Green at Michigan State University, Harvey Fields at Washington University in St. Louis, Terrance J. Tumey at the Claremont Colleges, Gia Soublet at Xavier University of Louisiana, Donald Brooks at Millsaps College in Mississippi, and William Clemm at Florida A&M University.