Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

money-bag-2Here 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.

lorraine_lacroixNortheastern University in Boston received a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a large intervention project aimed at preventing HIV infection among urban African American women between the ages of 18 and 29. Women who participate in the “Love, Sex, and Choices” project receive a 12-episode video soap opera which follows four women and touches on condom use, HIV testing, and HIV prevention strategies. The project is led by Lorraine Lacroix, director of the Women’s Project at Northeastern University. She is a graduate of Boston University and holds a master of public health degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama received a $100,000 donation from Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson Inc. The funds will be used to upgrade the laboratories in the College of Engineering and to support the university’s Men & Women Leadership Program.

North Carolina Central University, the historically Black higher educational institution in Durham, received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will fund the university’s pre-college enrichment programs in STEM fields.

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