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Name Change for the African American Studies Building at Virginia Commonwealth University

Name Change for the African American Studies Building at Virginia Commonwealth University

The building will now be known as Gabriel’s House, named for the enslaved man in Richmond who, in 1800, organized an unsuccessful but historically significant slave revolt.

Racist Incidents Occur on the Campus of Ohio University in Athens

Racist Incidents Occur on the Campus of Ohio University in Athens

In one incident, a trash bag was left outside a resident doorway with a sign that included racial slurs. Also, a student athlete urinated on the dormitory room door of a Black student damaging some of the contents of the room.

Elizabeth City State University Introduces an Aviation Workforce Development Program

Elizabeth City State University Introduces an Aviation Workforce Development Program

The Aviation Workforce Development Program at historically Black Elizabeth Cty State University in North Carolina will educate 80 high school students about the wide variety of career opportunities in the aviation industry with the goal to recruit students into the university’s aviation program.

In Memoriam: Reneé Patricia Collins, 1950-2022

In Memoriam: Reneé Patricia Collins, 1950-2022

While working for Western Washington University Dr. Collins earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at the age of 47. She went on to earn a master’s degree in adult education at Western Washington University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University.

California Higher Education Gets A Budget Increase in Exchange for Agreement on Equity Goals

California Higher Education Gets A Budget Increase in Exchange for Agreement on Equity Goals

The governor and the state’s systems of higher education have developed multi-year compacts and a roadmap that will provide sustained state investments in exchange for clear commitments from each segment to expand student access, equity, and affordability.

How School Choice Contributes to Persistent Racial Segregation

How School Choice Contributes to Persistent Racial Segregation

A new study by Chantal Hailey, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, finds that White, Asian and Latino parents in New York City all express strong racial/ethnic preferences in where to send their kids to high school.

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.

In Memoriam: Richard A. Williams, 1946-2021

In Memoriam: Richard A. Williams, 1946-2021

Williams held administrative posts at Bloomfield College in New Jersey and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth before joining the staff at Rowan University in 1984. He remained on the staff at the university until 2008.

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.

In Memoriam: Timuel Dixon Black Jr., 1918-2021

In Memoriam: Timuel Dixon Black Jr., 1918-2021

Timuel Black, a noted American historian, educator, and civil rights activist, died on October 13 at his home in Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. He was 102 years old.

In Memoriam: Valree Fletcher Wynn, 1922-2021

In Memoriam: Valree Fletcher Wynn, 1922-2021

Dr. Wynn was the first Black woman to earn a master’s degree in English and the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in English at Oklahoma State University. In 1965, she became the first Black faculty member at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville to Add Three New Degree Programs

Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville to Add Three New Degree Programs

Fisk University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, Tennessee, has announced that it will add a bachelor’s degree program in kinesiology, a bachelor of social work program, and a master’s degree program in executive leadership. The new programs will enroll students for the fall 2022 semester.

Syracuse University Enters Partnership With HBCU Athletic Conference

Syracuse University Enters Partnership With HBCU Athletic Conference

Syracuse University in New York and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced they have signed an agreement, creating an alliance designed to connect institutions, student-athletes, staff, and alumni. In addition to athletic competition, the agreement calls for internships, visiting professorships, conferences, and joint seminars.

Salem College Develops Walking Tour on the History of Enslaved People on Campus

Salem College Develops Walking Tour on the History of Enslaved People on Campus

In conjunction with the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Salem Academy and College, the Anna Maria Samuel Project: Race, Remembrance, and Reconciliation is holding two events focusing on the history of the college’s relationship with slavery and the work of both enslaved and free African Americans in the history of the institution.

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.

Federal Reserve Bank Study Shows Black Businesses Suffered the Most in the Early Pandemic

Federal Reserve Bank Study Shows Black Businesses Suffered the Most in the Early Pandemic

A new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York finds that predominately Black communities have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of health outcomes and economic vitality. The report finds that mortality rates in Black communities were higher but so were job losses and business closures.

Three African American Scholars Who Have Retired from High-Level University Positions

Three African American Scholars Who Have Retired from High-Level University Positions

Retiring after long careers in higher education are Martha Lue Stewart, at the University of Central Florida, Rahim Reed at the University of California, Davis, and Roland Smith at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

In Memoriam: Julia A. Miller, 1928-2021

In Memoriam: Julia A. Miller, 1928-2021

In 1970 Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, established the Black Studies Center. Dr. Miller was the founding associate director. Within two years she became the director. She served in that role until 1984.

University of Delaware to Undertake an Effort to Examine Its History Regarding Race

University of Delaware to Undertake an Effort to Examine Its History Regarding Race

In addition to examining its history regarding slavery and desegregation, the university will examine why African Americans aren’t choosing to come to the University of Delaware, and then what can be done to make it a more inclusive and accepting space. Blacks are 33 percent of public high school graduates in Delaware but only 5.6 percent of the student body at the university.

Accrediting Agency Places Florida Memorial University on Probation for Good Cause

Accrediting Agency Places Florida Memorial University on Probation for Good Cause

In a statement, Jaffus Hardrick, president of Florida Memorial University, explained that “the issues that led to this action occurred over numerous years of dealing with financial challenges, declining enrollment, and aging infrastructure.”

University of Mississippi Joins With Rust College in a Dual-Degree Program in Engineering

University of Mississippi Joins With Rust College in a Dual-Degree Program in Engineering

Under the agreement, students will spend their first three years at Rust College and then spend two years at the University of Mississippi School of Engineering. Successful students will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Rust College and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Mississippi.

Florida State University Scholar Creates Documentary Film on Florida's Plantations

Florida State University Scholar Creates Documentary Film on Florida’s Plantations

Valerie Scoon, filmmaker in residence at Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts is the director of a new documentary film on the history of plantations and the enslaved in northern and middle Florida.

The Racial Gap in Traditional Four-Year High School Graduation Rates

The Racial Gap in Traditional Four-Year High School Graduation Rates

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that nationwide 85.8 percent of students graduate from high school within the traditional four-year period. For Black students, the nationwide high school graduation rate was 79.6 percent. This was 10 percentage points below the rate for Whites. In some states, the gap is very narrow. In others, the graduation rate gap is more than 15 percentage points.

In Memoriam: Lee Vernon Stiff, 1949-2021

In Memoriam: Lee Vernon Stiff, 1949-2021

In 1983, Dr. Stiff joined the faculty of mathematics and science education at North Carolina State University. He rose through the ranks to become a full professor of mathematics education. At the time of his retirement in 2020, Dr. Stiff was the associate dean for faculty and academic affairs in the College of Education at the university.

Gilda Barabino Selected to Lead the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Gilda Barabino Selected to Lead the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Gilda Barabino is the president of the Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. She was the first African American woman admitted to the graduate program in chemical engineering at Rice University. In 1986, she was the fifth African American woman in the nation to obtain a doctorate in chemical engineering.

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.

In Memoriam: Wynetta Devore, 1929-2020

In Memoriam: Wynetta Devore, 1929-2020

Dr. Devore began her academic career at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She then taught at Rutgers University before joining the faculty at Syracuse University’s School of Social Work in 1980. She retired in 1999.

Racial Disparities in the Effect of the Pandemic on American Education

Racial Disparities in the Effect of the Pandemic on American Education

About 30 percent of Whites who had planned to take at least one college class this coming fall report they have abandoned their plans for higher education this year. For Blacks who planned to attend college, more than 37 percent have abandoned their plans to enroll.

Howard University's Tamara Owens Named Outstanding Educator in Health Simulation

Howard University’s Tamara Owens Named Outstanding Educator in Health Simulation

Tamara L. Owens, founding director of the Howard University Simulation & Clinical Skills Center, has received the Outstanding Educator of the Year award from the Association of Standardized Patient Educators.

In Memoriam: Samuel L. Myers Sr., 1919-2021

In Memoriam: Samuel L. Myers Sr., 1919-2021

Dr. Myers served on the faculty at Morgan State University in Baltimore from 1950 to 1963 before going to work for the U.S. State Department. He was appointed the fourth president of Bowie State University in Maryland in 1968 and served in the post until 1977.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Is the First U.S. Host for PASET Ph.D. Scholars From Africa

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Is the First U.S. Host for PASET Ph.D. Scholars From Africa

Founded seven years ago with support from the World Bank, PASET offers African doctoral students the opportunity to study in the United States or South Korea with the goal of building a critical mass of researchers and university professors to tackle the continent’s most pressing problems.

In Memoriam: Leith Patricia Mullings, 1945-2020

In Memoriam: Leith Patricia Mullings, 1945-2020

After teaching for six years at Columbia University, Dr. Mullings joined the faculty at the City University of New York in 1983. There she eventually became a distinguished professor of anthropology at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

Isabel Wilkerson Is the Inaugural Winner of the $100,000 NYU/Axinn Foundation Prize

Isabel Wilkerson Is the Inaugural Winner of the $100,000 NYU/Axinn Foundation Prize

A graduate of Howard University, Professor Wilkerson has taught at Emory University, Princeton University, Boston University, and Northwestern University. She won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1994, as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times. She was the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism.

Vanderbilt Univerity Acquires the Photographic Collection of Rev. James Lawson

Vanderbilt Univerity Acquires the Photographic Collection of Rev. James Lawson

Lawson enrolled at the Vanderbilt Divinity School in 1958. While a student he helped organize sit-ins at lunchcounters in downtown Nashville. In 1960, he was expelled from the university for his participation in civil rights protests.

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.

How Mental Health Practitioners Failed Former Enslaved African Americans

How Mental Health Practitioners Failed Former Enslaved African Americans

Victoria Robinson, a senior at Dillard University in New Orleans who is majoring in psychology has published a new study on the mental health of enslaved African Americans after they were emancipated following the Civil War.