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.

The University of Michigan received a $230,000 grant from the General Motors Foundation that will fund several diversity related programs in the College of Engineering and the Ross School of Business. Among the initiatives that will be supported are the Center for Engineering Diversity and the Black Business Students Association.

Northwestern University received a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to digitize out-of-print titles published by Northwestern University Press. Among the books that will be digitized are titles from the press’ African studies titles.

William-Darity-thumbDuke University in Durham, North Carolina, received two grants totaling $400,000 from the Ford Foundation to support the “The National Asset Scorecard and Communities of Color Project.” The program is under the direction of William A. Darity Jr., the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics at Duke.

Obie-Clayton-thumbHistorically Black Clark Atlanta University received a $494,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the university’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creativity. The center is led by Obie Clayton, the Asa Edmund Ware Chair in the department of sociology and criminal justice at Clark Atlanta University. Professor Clayton is a graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Emory University in Atlanta.

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