Monthly Archives: November 2021

Case Western Reserve University to Offer Graduate Opportunities to HBCU Students

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, is partnering with eight historically black colleges and universities to offer scholarships that cover at least 30 percent of tuition for dozens of the university’s leading graduate programs.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Hiring of Five African American Administrators

Appointed to new administrative posts are Danielle Sims Brooks at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, Horace D. Ballard at Harvard University, Camaron Loritts at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Rondall E. Allen at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Dominique Moye at California State University, Northridge.

Bowie State University Creates New Programs in Hydroponics and Aquaponics

Hydroponics is a technique used to grow and produce food crops in a closed-loop system that reduces the use of water resources without the need for chemical fertilizers. Aquaponics is the integrated culture of fish, plants, and beneficial microorganisms grown in a soilless environment.

University of North Carolina Student From Eswatini in Southern Africa Named a Rhodes Scholar

Takhona Hlatshwako, a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a new Rhodes Scholar from the Kingdom of Eswatini in Southern Africa (formerly Swaziland). Hlatshwako is the 52nd Rhodes Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Morgan State University to Participate in a Major NASA Research Project

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced the creation of a consortium of higher education institutions and other organizations for the new Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR) II center. Historically Black Morgan State University will be a major contributor.

Four Universities Announce the Hiring of African Americans to Diversity Positions

Taking on new roles related to diversity are Fatimah Conley at the University of Delaware, Jackie Hunter at the University of Vermont, Donovan Roy at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Janice Hamlet at Northern Illinois University.

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.

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.

Yale University to Build a Memorial to Recognize Enslaved People Who Worked on Campus

Research by the Yale and Slavery Working Group found that enslaved people worked on the construction of Connecticut Hall on campus and that many leading figures associated with the early eras of the university held enslaved people.

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.

How Black Enrollments in Higher Education Have Been Impacted by the Global Pandemic

New research from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center finds that Black enrollments in higher education are down 5.1 percent from a year ago and by more than 11 percent over the past two years. The steepest declines are at the community college level.

Once Again, Regina Favors Selected to Lead Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock

For the second time, Regina Favors has been named interim president of Arkansas Baptist College, a historically Black educational institution in Little Rock. Favors is the former president and CEO of Pinnacle Business Solutions, a subsidiary of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Comparing College Student Voter Participation Rates by Race and Gender

Nationwide, 66 percent of college students cast ballots in 2020, up from 52 percent in 2016. The survey found that 63 percent of all African American college students voted in 2020. In 2016, 53 percent of all Black college students voted.

New Faculty Roles for Five African Americans at Southern Universities

Taking on new roles are Mfon Akpan at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Charreau Bell at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Robbie Morganfield at North Carolina A&T State University, and Stephanie Yates at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Sonja Stills Will Be the First Woman Commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Stills currently serves as the chief of staff and chief operating officer of the MEAC. She also serves as the MEAC’s director of Esports. Before arriving at the MEAC, Stills served as senior woman administrator for the athletics department at Hampton University in Virginia.

Analysis of Consumer Reviews Uncovers Racism in Acute-Care Hospitals

An analysis of 90,786 online consumer reviews of U.S. acute-care hospitals published on Yelp, found that consumers experienced racism from a variety of actors, ranging from clinical staff, such as physicians and nurses, to other critical hospital personnel such as security officers and reception staff.

Ashley Jones Appointed Poet Laureate of the State of Alabama

Ashley M. Jones is the youngest and first person of color to be named poet laureate of Alabama, a position created 91 years ago. Jones teaches at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

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