Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

African American women are 15 times as likely as White women to be newly infected by HIV. North Carolina State University and Pennsylvania State University are conducting research on ways to improve language and communication strategies used in HIV prevention efforts targeting African American women college students. The National Science Foundation is supporting the project with a two-year grant.

The principal investigator on the project is Fay Cobb Payton, an associate professor of information systems at North Carolina State University. Dr. Payton holds bachelor’s degrees from Georgia Tech and Clark Atlanta University. She earned an MBA at Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in information and decision systems from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi received a three-year, $3.1 million grant from the W.W. Kellogg Foundation to support education programs for youths in Mississippi and around the world. The institute will use the money to hire a director of community outreach and an academic coordinator who will develop a minor degree program in civic communications. The money will also support the university’s cooperative youth education programs in Neshoba County, Mississippi, South Africa, and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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