Monthly Archives: July 2020

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 Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora Founded at Georgia State University

The center will support research and academic initiatives, artistic efforts, and public programming, including exhibits, lectures and conferences, and advance policy proposals that target issues of concern to the African diaspora across the university and the broader community.

Slavery, Race and Memory Project at Wake Forest University Issues New Report

In 1836, the estate of John Blount, which included land and enslaved Black people was donated to Wake Forest. In 1860, 14 enslaved humans were auctioned for a total of $10,718 that added to the university’s endowment.

Nicole Pride Appointed President of Historically Black West Virginia State University

Dr. Pride had been serving as the vice provost for academic strategy and operations at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Earlier she served as associate vice chancellor for university relations and chief of staff for the chancellor of the university.

Study Finds Few References to Black Biologists in Leading Textbooks in the Field

The researchers from Auburn University, the University of South Alabama, and Michigan State University found that while Blacks are 14 percent of the U.S. population and 7.7. percent of the college students in biology, Blacks were only 0.6 percent of the scientists featured in biology textbooks.

Stephen Kolison Named the Fourteenth President of SUNY-Fredonia

Since April 1, 2017, Dr. Kolison has served as executive vice president and provost for the University of Indianapolis. From 2008 to 2017, he served in the administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Black Homeowners Face Higher Property Taxes Than Their White Peers

Black-owned homes were assessed at higher values compared to their actual sale price, than was the cases for homes owned by Whites. The data also showed that Black families paid on average 13 percent more in property taxes than White families with similarly valued properties.

Four African Americans Appointed to University Dean Positions

The new deans are Anthony R. Bowrin at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, Ophelie Rowe-Allen at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, Ulysses Taylor at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, and Michele Cruse at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Texas A&M University Study Documents Race as a Major Factor in Police Use of Force

The study found that White police officers are far more likely to use force than their non-White counterparts, especially in minority neighborhoods. White officers are five times as likely as non-White officers to fire a gun in predominantly Black neighborhoods, according to the study.

Two African Americans Appointed to Lead Colleges of the City University of New York

Berenecea Johnson Eanes was appointed president of York College of the City University of New York. She has been serving as interim president since last fall. Anthony E. Munroe will serve as president of Borough of Manhattan Community College. Since 2017, he has been president of Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey.

Meharry Medical College and the University of Pennsylvania to Launch New MD/Ph.D. Program

The joint MD/PhD program will further both institutions' efforts to bolster minority influence in healthcare and increase participation by members of underrepresented communities in health research. The program is expected to launch in 2021.

Five African American Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Duties

The five Black faculty members in new roles are Clay S. Gloster Jr. at North Carolina A&T State University, Terry-Ann Jones at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Sean Edmund Rogers at the University of Rhode Island, Kevin Holcomb at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, and John Wallace at the University of Pittsburgh.

Howard University Teams Up With Columbia Uinversity to Explore the Issue of Reparations

The U.S. African American Redress Network aims to better understand how communities are addressing historic racial transgressions. It also expects to increase awareness of redress efforts across different regions and fields such as activism, academia, and policy-making.

Harvard’s Danielle Allen Awarded the $500,000 Kluge Prize From the Library of Congress

Danielle S. Allen, a University professor and professor of government who also serves as director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, has been awarded the John W. Kluge Prize from the Library of Congress. The prize recognizes scholarly achievement in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes.

Three HBCUs Annouce the Creation of New Centers for Racial Justice

In the wake of protests following the murder of George Floyd, several historically Black colleges and universities have established new academic centers focused on racial justice. New centers have been established at Shaw University in Raleigh, Dillard University in New Orleans, and the University of the District of Columbia.

Ten African Americans Who Have Been Assigned to Administrative Posts 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.

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.

Princeton Removes Names of Woodrow Wilson From Its School of Public and International Affairs

As president of Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson refused to consider the admission of Black students. Wilson who went on to become the 28th president of the United States, racially segregated the federal government workforce and appointed White supremacists to his cabinet.

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.

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