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.

CymoneFoursheyBucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, received a three-year, $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for research on the social, political, economic, and institutional authority women have held in central and east Africa. Cymone Fourshey, professor of history and international relations will lead the Bucknell research effort. She will be joined on the project with researchers from the University of Texas at San Antonio and Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond received a $175,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to hold a summer workshop for social studies teachers from across the United States to educate them about the Virginia public schools that closed their doors rather than comply with the school desegregation order after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision.

The City University of New York and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine have received a $9.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a project to improve clinical care and health outcomes for patients with HIV in Central Africa.

Historically Black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania received a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department for programs to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who participate in study abroad opportunities in STEM fields.

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, received a $10 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies to fund the research of the university’s Center for the Study of Inequality. The grant will support research in three areas: inequality and democracy, social mobility and equality of opportunity, and immigration, race, and ethnicity.

The National Society of Black Engineers is participating in a $2.9 million grant program from the National Science Foundation aimed at diversifying the faculty ranks of engineering faculty at colleges and universities in the United States. The Strengthening Engineering Faculty Through Diversity Serving Professional Organization Engagement program will establish a network of early-career faculty and help these faculty members succeed in the academic world.

Tennessee State University in Nashville received a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on why women and members of underrepresented minority groups continue to lag in degree attainments in STEM disciplines. The study will investigate the role of professional, social, and cultural identities on college major and career choices.

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