Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Barnard College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution for women in New York City, received a grant from the Ford Foundation through the Institute of International Education to expand its community partnerships with six cultural institutions in Harlem. The organizations are The Harlem Stage, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Apollo Theater , the National Black Theatre, and the Jazz Museum in Harlem. The grant program is under the direction of Tina Campt, the Claire Tow and Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Africana and Women’s Gender and Studies and director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Professor Campt is the author of Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe (Duke University Press, 2012). She is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from Cornell University.

Historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham received a $310,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to support training for corrections and intelligence personnel through the university’s Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development. The institute is under the direction of M. Chris Herring. Dr. Herring holds four master’s degrees and a doctor of ministry degree from the Apex School of Theology in Durham. He is the author of Destiny Denied: A Black Man’s Prevention and Survival Guide to Police Encounters (2011).

North Carolina A&T State University, the historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, received a $103,470 to support research to produce a web-based tool for forest managers to manage forest productivity and economic development.

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