Monthly Archives: September 2019

Michigan State Researchers Using Game Therapy to Rehabilitate African Youth

Michigan State University researchers are using game therapy to rehabilitate children who suffer from cognitive impairment after surviving these life-threatening diseases such as malaria and HIV.

North Carolina A&T State University Names Leaders of Its Two New Centers of Excellence

Belinda Shipps was named interim co-director of Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, Education and Outreach and Robert Cobb Jr. was appointed interim co-director of the Center of Excellence in Product Design and Advanced Manufacturing.

African American Makes History as the First Woman Leprechaun Mascot at Notre Dame

Wukie is a junior majoring in film, television and theatre at Notre Dame. She and Samuel Jackson will be the second and third African Americans to serve as Leprechaun mascots. The first, Mike Brown, is a 2001 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

University of Kentucky Adds Six New Faculty in African American and Africana Studies

Cluster hiring — hiring multiple scholars into one or more departments based on shared research interest — is a way to advance the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion, while also fostering a learning environment dedicated to collaboration and engagement.

The Persisting Racial Wealth Gap and Its Impact on Higher Education

New Census data shows that the median net worth of non-Hispanic White households was $139,300 in 2015. For Black households, the median net worth was $12,780. Thus, the median net worth of White households was nearly 11 times the median net worth of Black households.

Fidelis Ikem Appointed Dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University

Prior to joining Jackson State, Dr. Ikem was dean and full professor in the College of Business at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in operations research from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Manipulating School District Boundaries Has Increased Racial Segregation

A new study published by the American Educational Research Association shows that since 2000, school district secessions in the South have increasingly sorted White and Black students weakening the potential to improve school racial integration.

Former Harvard Scholar to Lead the National Collaborative for Health Equity

Gail Christopher was appointed executive director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity. Founded in 2014, the National Collaborative was established to promote health equity through action, leadership, inclusion, and collaboration.

Racism and “Categorical Manipulation” in Disability Status in Education

A new study from the University of Kansas shows that when groups who have enjoyed status and prestige for a long time are forced to accept outsiders into their customary categories, they can move down to what formerly was a less prime slot and use their influence to redefine the terms of categorization.

Central State University President to Retire at the End of the Academic Year

Cynthia Jackson-Hammond has served as president of the historically Black university for the past eight years. She is the first woman to serve as president of the university. Earlier in her career, Dr. Jackson-Hammond was provost and vice president of academic affairs at Coppin State University in Baltimore.

Six Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Taking on new roles are Bevlee Watford at Virginia Tech, Oladele Ogunseitan at the University of California, Irvine, Camelia Okpodu at Xavier University of Louisiana, Berneece Hebert at Jackson State University in Mississippi, Anthony Donaldson at the University of the South, and Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson at Hampton University.

U.S. News and World Report Lists Its Choices as the Nation’s Best HBCUs

Spelman College in Atlanta was first and Howard University in Washington, D.C., was second. This was the same as a year ago. This was the 13th year in a row that Spelman College has topped the U.S. News rankings for HBCUs.

Johnnie Hamilton-Mason to Receive the 2019 Feminist Scholar Award

The Simmons University professor of social work will be honored at the Council on Social Work Education's annual program meeting in Denver, Colorado on October 26. Dr. Hamliton-Mason has taught at the Simmons School of Social work since 1991.

Bowie State University Is the First HBCU in Maryland to Team Up With the U.S. Coast Guard

The agreement will provide one full-time Bowie State student a year with the Coast Guard College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative scholarship, which covers up to two academic years of tuition, books, and essential supplies.

Eight African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Fayetteville State University Partners With Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Under the agreement, students who successfully complete the associate's degree program in fire protection technology at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will be able to transfer seamlessly in the bachelor's degree program in fire and emergency services at Fayetteville State University.

Three Black Women Join the Faculty at Wesleyan University in Connecticut as Assistant Professors

Wesleyan University, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution in Middletown Connecticut, has announced that there are 16 new tenure or tenure-track faculty on campus this fall. Three of the new faculty members are Black women: Kaisha Esty in African American studies, Laverne Melón in biology, and Chinwe Ezinna Oriji in sociology.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Virginia Theological Seminary Establishes a Slavery Reparations Endowment Fund

Income from the endowment fund for reparations will be put to use in a variety of ways, from encouraging more African American clergy in the Episcopal Church to directly serving the needs of any descendants of the enslaved Africans who worked at the seminary.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

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.

Boston College Now Offering a Major in African and African Diaspora Studies

Black studies was established a half century ago at the college, but until now there has not been a major in the subject. The new major explores the history, culture, and politics of Africans on the continent and African-descended peoples in the U.S. and around the world.

Three African American Scholars Who Have Stepped Down From Their University Posts

Kofi Agawu, the Hughes-Professor of Music at Princeton University and Robert Stepto, the John M. Schiff Professor of English and Professor of African American Studies at Yale University have retired. Jamie Riley, dean of students at the University of Alabama, has resigned.

A Check-Up on Trends in Black Applicants and Matriculants at U.S. Medical Schools

The study found that the number of applicants and matriculants from underrepresented groups increased at a greater rate than for applicants and enrollments as a whole. However, the study found that from 2002 to 2017, Black applicants and matriculants of both sexes were still underrepresented.

Wilma Mishoe Will Step Down From the Presidency of Delaware State University

Dr. Mishoe made the announcement on her 70th birthday. Her 40-year career in higher education will end where it started. Dr. Mishoe’s father, Luna Mishoe, was the president of what is now Delaware State University from 1960 to 1987.

New Report Focuses on Disparities in School Discipline Faced by Black Girls

A new report from the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School finds that Black girls face a statistically greater chance of suspension and expulsion compared to other students of the same gender.

Sherine Obare to Lead the the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in Greensboro

Sherine O. Obare is the former associate vice president for research and a professor of chemistry at Western Michigan University. Dr. Obare also serves as a research leader fellow at the American Public and Land-Grant University Council on Research.

Gender and Race Both Have a Major Impact on Black Women’s Inequality in the Workforce

In 2017, Black women earned 61 cents for every dollar earned by White men, amounting to $23,653 less in earnings over an entire year. In the span of a 40-year career, this translates into an average lifetime earnings gap of $946,120 between Black women and White men.

Hampton University Offers Help to Students From Hurricane-Torn Areas of the Bahamas

Students from the University of the Bahamas-North will be able to attend classes at Hampton for the fall 2019 semester, receive room and board for one semester, and will have the option to stay at Hampton once the semester is over at regular rates for tuition and fees.

Lucille Maugé Has Announced Her Retirement From Clark Atlanta University

Until recently, Maugé was serving as interim president of the historically Black university. Before being named interim president, Maugé had been serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer at the university. Earlier in her career, she was a banking executive.

Three Black Scholars Appointed to New Positions at Universities

Lloyd Benjamin Mallory Jr. was named an assistant professor of music at Kentucky State University. Velma McBride Murry has been named University Professor at Vanderbilt University and Ilesanmi Adeboye was promoted to associate professor of mathematics at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Alabama State University Enters Into a Partnership With the U.S. Army

The agreement calls for the transfer of or development of technological resources and applications, such as sharing scientific, engineering and technological assets and professional expertise, and provides workforce development opportunities for students who want a career path to the Department of Defense.

Janet E. Helms Wins Lifetime Achievement Award From the American Psychological Foundation

Janet E. Helms is the Augustus Long Professor in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development and director of Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College. She was honored at last month's annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

Apple Is Providing a Free Continuing Education Course to the Tennessee State Community

Under the agreement Apple will provide Tennessee State alumni the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of app design and app development for free. Computer Applications for Educational Leaders is being offered through the university's School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities for Seven African Americans

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Claremont Lincoln University Offers Graduate Degree Scholarships to Texas College Graduates

Under the agreement, Texas College graduates will be offered a scholarship toward tuition by Claremont Lincoln University. This scholarship can be applied towards all CLU master's degree programs.

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