Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.
Nassau Community College, headquartered in Garden City, New York, received a $1,045,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase opportunities for racial and ethnic minorities in academic nursing programs. The grant will fund the college’s Nursing Workforce Diversity initiative.
Historically Black Florida A&M University in Tallahassee received a grant of $72,724 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The funds will be used for a training program for K-12 science teachers on hydrological and weather cycles.
Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Baton Rouge, received a $102,590 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce for programs that accelerate innovation and develop business start-up companies.
Bryn Mawr College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution for women in suburban Philadelphia, received a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to hold a series of showings of documentary films dealing with the civil rights movement. In addition to the showing of films, there will be accompanying lectures and panel discussions on issues raised in the films.
Emory University in Atlanta received a five-year, $11.9 million grant to study the epidemic of HIV among women in the southeastern United States. The program expands upon the Women’s Interagency HIV Cohort Study, which was primarily conducted in the Midwest and on both coasts. Co-principal investigators on the Emory grant initiative are Igho Ofotoku, associate professor of medicine and Gina M. Wingood, professor of behavioral sciences and health education at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. HIV/AIDS is now the third leading causes of death for African American women ages 35 to 44.