Three African American Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Shaun R. Harper, provost professor of business and education and executive director of the Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California, has received the 2019 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award from the American Council on Education. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions and demonstrated sustained commitment to diversity in higher education.

Dr. Harper is a graduate of Albany State University in Georgia. He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in higher education from Indiana University.

Muyinatu Bell, an assistant professor in the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, has been named Outstanding Young Engineer by the Maryland Academy of Sciences and the Maryland Science Center. Since 1988, the award has recognized and celebrated the extraordinary contributions of young Maryland engineers. Dr. Bell was honored for her pioneering and innovation contributions to the field of photoacoustic-guided surgery.

Dr. Bell is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she majored in mechanical engineering with a minor in biomedical engineering. She holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

D’Andra Orey, a professor of political science at Jackson State University in Mississippi, has received the Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year Award at the National Conference of Black Political Science Association’s annual meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was nominated by former students for his commitment to student success and reputation as a selfless instructor and mentor.

Dr. Orey is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University where he majored in business administration. He holds a master of public administration degree from the University of Mississippi, a master’s degree in political science from Stony Brook University in New York, and a Ph.D .in political science from the University of New Orleans.

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