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 Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University, both in Atlanta, are sharing a seven-year grant from the National Institutes of Health. The two institutions will join forces to create the Maternal Health Research Center. The health research facility will be called the Center to Advance Reproductive Justice and Behavioral Health among Black Pregnant/Postpartum Women and Birthing People, which is also known as CORAL. “CORAL will help reduce Black maternal morbidity and mortality by generating community-driven, multilayered evidence and interventions to support Black women’s maternal behavioral health, thus helping to end longstanding neglect of these intertwined crises,” said Natalie Hernandez-Green, executive director of the Center for Maternal Health Equity at the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Historically Black Tuskegee University received a five-year, $2,863,511 grant from the National Science Foundation to support the Tuskegee University CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program and the Cyber Bridge program, aimed at non-computer science majors. The Tuskegee University SFS program will support senior undergraduate students and those pursuing a master’s degree in information systems and computer security. Scholarships will amount to approximately $60,000 for senior students and $70,000 for graduate students, covering tuition, stipends, health insurance, book allowances, and professional development.
The Center for African Studies at the University of Pittsburgh received a $100,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will help fund the Africana Studies Student Racial Justice and Racial Equity Fund, which supports students’ professional development and research concerned with addressing inequities, disparities, and inequalities that impact people of African descent. The funding will also support a speaker series on Black health and wellness, a collaborative virtual lecture series with Brown University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a workshop on Afro-Latinx studies, and the development of a course on race and sports.