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.

The University of Chicago has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund the development of a multimedia toolkit aimed at reducing the number of back-to-back pregnancies among African American adolescent women. The research is under the direction of Melissa Gilliam, the Ellen H. Block Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics and the founder of the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the University of Chicago. Dr. Gilliam is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.

Historically Black Virginia State University received a three-year, $295,274 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research on high-pressure processing to reduce salt in processed meat products.

The University of Maryland Baltimore County received a $1.3 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for programs to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue doctoral degree programs in economics.

Georgia State University received a $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund its Collaboration and Reflection to Enhance Atlanta Teacher Effectiveness (CREATE) program. The initiative aims to recruit, prepare and support new and veteran teachers in high-need school districts.

The University of Alabama received a $300,000 grant from the Law School Admission Council for programs aimed at increasing diversity in the legal profession. Under the program students from underrepresented groups will come to the university for summer programs to prepare them for the rigors of legal education.


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