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 Massachusetts at Amherst received a four-year, $900,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development to examine adolescent sexual and reproductive health inequities in Massachusetts. The funds will enable researchers to complete a comprehensive investigation to examine how structural racism, in combination with other systems of oppression contributes to inequitable adolescent sexual and reproductive health outcomes for youth.

Historically Black Delaware State University received a three-year, $435,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Army Research Office to develop a novel automated method to study cells. The funding will support the development of automated methods designed to successfully detect and track cells, and thereby enable the analysis of their static and dynamic behavior – including cell morphology, cell migration, and changes in cell states.

The Economic Research Development Center at historically Black University of Arkansas Pine Bluff has been awarded $295,000 by the Delta Regional Authority to expand resources for training and technical support of small business and community-based organizations in Jefferson and surrounding counties. This grant will be used to hire staff for the Economic Research Development Center who will provide training and technical assistance to small businesses.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, has received funding for a grant to connect students in low-income areas with scientists at the university. The grant will provide funds for research projects involving faculty, undergraduate students, and K-12 students from underrepresented groups in Birmingham-area schools.

Historically Blck Virginia State University received a $150,000 grant from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship in partnership with Verizon Foundation to serve as the host college for the Verizon Innovation Learning Young Men of Color program.

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