Monthly Archives: October 2021

Daniel Wims Will Be the Next President of Alabama A&M University

Dr. Wims has been serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs and for research, as well as a professor of agricultural sciences at the university. He will become the twelfth president of Alabama A&M on January 1.

Yale University Study Finds Racial Bias in Emergency Room Procedures

A new paper by researchers at Yale University finds racial disparities in the use of physical restraints on children who are admitted to the hospital emergency department. Black children are significantly more likely than White children to be subdued with restraints during visits to emergency rooms.

Damara Hightower Mitchell Is the New Provost at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina

Dr. Hightower Mitchell came to Voorhees in 2020 to establish the Center of Excellence for Educator Preparation and Innovation. Before coming to Voorhees College, Dr. Hightower Mitchell taught at Claflin University, the University of South Carolina, and Benedict College.

New Study Find that Systemic Racism May Effect the Safety of the Food Supply Chain

A new study by researchers at the University of Houston found a significant disparity in the quality and safety of food available in low- versus high-income communities. The results may explain - at least in part -  the high levels of gastrointestinal illness in predominantly Black urban neighborhoods.

Gretchen Generett Is the New Dean of the School of Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh

A Duquesne faculty member since 2008, Dr. Generett also has served as associate dean for graduate studies and research, chair of the department of educational foundations and leadership, and director of the Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice. She holds the Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Community Outreach.

Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville to Add Three New Degree Programs

Fisk University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, Tennessee, has announced that it will add a bachelor's degree program in kinesiology, a bachelor of social work program, and a master's degree program in executive leadership. The new programs will enroll students for the fall 2022 semester.

The Society for Epidemiologic Research Names Award for Duke University Scholar

The Society for Epidemiologic Research has announced the establishment of the Sherman A. James Diverse and Inclusive Epidemiology Award. The award will recognize research, teaching, or service by an individual that expands the scope of the field to underrepresented or disadvantaged populations or researchers and that has facilitated greater diversity and inclusiveness.

Syracuse University Enters Partnership With HBCU Athletic Conference

Syracuse University in New York and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced they have signed an agreement, creating an alliance designed to connect institutions, student-athletes, staff, and alumni. In addition to athletic competition, the agreement calls for internships, visiting professorships, conferences, and joint seminars.

Six African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Nicholas Alton Lewis at Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Felicia McCree at Washington University in St. Louis, Rod Isom at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, Gay-linn E. Gatewood-Jasho at Clark Atlanta University, Tashia L. Bradley at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, and Nicole James Lucas at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Saint Augustine’s University Enters Partnership With Grand Valley State University in Michigan

Saint Augustine’s University, the historically Black educational institution in Raleigh, North Carolina, has signed an agreement with Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, to provide HBCU students opportunities to earn master’s degrees in advanced computing or engineering fields in as little as five years.

Western Michigan University Honors Its First Black Bachelor’s Degree Recipient

Merze Tate, the first Black student to earn a bachelor's degree from Western State Teachers College (now Western Michigan University) will have University College - the academic home for exploratory majors - named in her honor.

Two African American Women Appointed to Diversity Positions

Tekita R. Bankhead has been named executive director for support programs in the Division of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion at Mississippi State University and Sonia Rucke was appointed the associate vice president of the department of inclusion and belonging at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

In Memoriam: Robert Lewis Albright, 1944-2021

Robert L. Albright served as the eleventh president of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, from 1983-1994.

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