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.

Historically Black Prairie View A&M University in Texas received a $1 million grant from the U.S Department of Homeland Security to study how innovative social media analytics can improve disaster management.

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York received a $1,291,000 grant from the NoVo Foundation to fund the “Beyond Identity: A Gendered Platform for Scholar Activists” initiative. The program will train young women of color in identity-driven research, allowing them to use their experiences with discrimination to produce unique research agendas.

Tuskegee University, the historically Black educational institution in Alabama, received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to increase retention and graduation rates for students in STEM disciplines.

The University of Pittsburgh received a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for programs to improve the ability of low-income women and women of color to make informed decisions about permanent surgical procedures to prevent pregnancy. Female sterilization is the second most common form of birth control in the United States and is disproportionately used by low-income women and women of color.

Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, will use a grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities to support two series of dinner discussion groups; one for Black students and the other for Muslim women students. The Black student group will hold discussions on the racial dynamics of life at Brown University.

Historically Black Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina received a $3 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to establish the Center for the Study of Economic Mobility at the university.

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