Monthly Archives: September 2020

A Major Booster Shot of Funds for HBCU Medical Schools

Michael Bloomberg, high-tech mogul, former mayor of New York City, and a Democratic candidate for president in 2020, has pledged to donate $100 million over the next four years to the nation's four historically Black medical schools.

Simmons University Scholar Named Distinguished Educator of the Year in Social Work

Johnnie Hamilton-Mason was honored by the National Association of Black Social Workers. She is a professor and holds the Eva Whiting White Endowed Chair at Simmons University’s School of Social Work in Boston.

Enrollments at Florida A&M University Not as Low as Had Been Predicted

There are nearly 9,000 students enrolled this fall, a decrease of only 6.7 percent from a year ago. The drop is largely the result of a decrease in the number of first-year students on campus. This fall, 1,036 freshmen are enrolled, compared to 1,362 a year ago.

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education 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.

Virginia State University Offering a New Course on HBCU History

Virginia State University is now offering what could be the nation’s first higher education course in the history of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This is the first semester that the course is being offered. It quickly filled to capacity.

Four African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Posts

The four African American named to diversity positions are Sheree Ohen at Harvard University, Crystal Williams at Boston University, Belinda Robnett at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Maria Dixon Hall at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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.

The University of Virginia’s Bold Plan to Improve Racial Equity

A task force proposed “a system in which racial identity neither predicts nor determines one’s access, success, nor influence within the University of Virginia – where people of any racial background have an equal probability of thriving.”

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.

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.

In Memoriam: Jacqueline Elizabeth McCauley, 1947-2020

In 1965, Jackie McCauley enrolled at Rice University along with Charles Edwards Freeman. They were the first African American undergraduate students at the university. She was the first black high school student in Texas to be named a National Merit Scholar.

School of Education at the University of Wisconsin Adds Five Black Scholars to Its Faculty

The School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has hired 16 new faculty members. Five of the new faculty members are African Americans: Kevin Lawrence Henry, Jr., Anjalé Welton, Hailey Love, Ashley White, and Baron Kelly.

NASA Teams Up With Four HBCUs to Promote Engineering Initiatives

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has awarded 14 planning grants to Minority Serving Institutions through its Minority University Research and Education Project, part of the agency's Office of STEM Engagement. Four of the grant recipients are historically Black universities.

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