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.

Historically Black Morehouse College in Atlanta has received a $350,000 grant from Wells Fargo to fund the Entrepreneurs of Color Program, which helps minority entrepreneurs to improve their business models, marketing outreach, technology systems, and seek resources necessary for growth. The grant is being managed by the Morehouse Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, an outreach program that provides access to training and capital for business owners of color and future entrepreneurs across the metro Atlanta area. Tiffany Bussey is the director of the Morehouse Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. Dr. Bussey earned her doctorate in business administration and a master’s degree in strategic management from the Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. She also received an MBA from George Washington University in Washington D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in economics from what is now Saint Elizabeth University in Morristown, New Jersey.

The Hate Crime Research and Policy Institute in the1 College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University will receive a two-year, $236,985 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund research exploring how hate crimes are reported and underreported. Findings from the project will aid scholars, policymakers, and the public on issues related to hate crimes, including variation in hate crime and reporting, data-collection strategies, better identification of strategies to tend to victims, and assessing programs related to hate crime victimization and reporting.

A four-year, $1.12 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help Washington State University recruit and retain quality mathematics teachers from historically marginalized groups. The program aims to recruit and support 24 diverse candidates in becoming certified secondary mathematics teachers. To accomplish this goal, the project will focus on recruitment of first-generation college students, those for whom English is not a first language, and students of color.

The University of California, Davis received a $250,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to further advance STEM faculty diversity by assisting underrepresented minorities and women with research development and family care during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to help a diverse group of outstanding STEM faculty as they recover from the career disruptions caused by COVID-19. Moving forward, these interventions present innovative and necessary ways to support and enhance the careers of STEM faculty, especially those from groups underrepresented in their disciplines.

Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, was awarded a $159,406 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the college’s program entitled “Concepts of Black Diaspora in the United States: Identity and Connections Among African, Afro-Caribbean, and African-American Communities.” The program is a two-week, residential institute for 25 higher education faculty to consider the diverse nature and experience of the Black diaspora in the United States.

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