Stephen C. Rose, a graduate of Harvard University, committed suicide at the age of 29. Now his family and friends have established a nonprofit organization for programs to provide mental health services for college students of color. The latest effort is a new text-messaging counseling service, scheduled to debut this coming winter.
Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.
A new organization has been established aimed at increasing the life chances of boys and men of color in four key areas: education, health, criminal justice, and economic opportunity.
Since 2011, The Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) has partnered with over 45 community colleges in eight states. Now the organization plans to expand the effort to community colleges throughout the nation.
Dwayne Wade, who played his college basketball at Marquette, has pledged to donate $195,000 over three years through his Wade’s World Foundation to support a program to reduce the racial literacy gap among inner-city children.
A working group on undergraduate socioeconomic diversity has issued a broad set of recommendations designed to improve academic achievement and create a more inclusive and supportive campus climate for the benefit of all undergraduates.
When the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement opens on campus this fall, it will provide programs and services that encourage cross-cultural interactions while serving as a “safe space” that is welcoming and nurturing to all students.
It is crucial that all educational stakeholders and policy makers collaborate creatively, as well as, become educational allies to ensure that the African American male student is successful in completing his postsecondary education.
The partnership will develop high school courses on popular culture that will prepare students for careers in the music industry and increase interest in education so they will complete high school.
The University of Texas at Austin has launched the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, a new statewide network of public school districts, community colleges, and four-year public universities.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Expanded Success Initiative is investing $250,000 over 30 months in 40 different New York City high schools in an effort to address the poor academic performance of Black and Latino males.
At Georgia State, one of four such research hubs on learning disabilities nationwide, the center will focus on African American students in the first through fifth grades.
While Black males have made significant gains, a Schott Foundation study finds there is a persisting large racial gap in four-year high school graduation rates.
Black students are four times as likely as Asian or White students to be enrolled in the poorest performing schools.
For the third year in a row, all graduating seniors at Urban Prep Academies in Chicago have been accepted into four-year colleges.
Since 1998 Middlebury College in Vermont has been admitting and offering full-tuition scholarships to a posse of students from New York City high schools. The college is now adding a second posse from Chicago public schools.
Fifteen African American male students from sixth grade classes in Pittsburgh area schools are chosen for the program each year.
Vanderbilt faculty members Donna Ford and Gilman Whiting will assist in the program’s implementation.
This summer more than 1,500 middle school students will attend one of 25 sections of the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. The camps are open to students from underrepresented minority groups and preference is given to students from low-income families.