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.

Clemson University in South Carolina received a grant from the Spencer Foundation for research on the specific relationship between Black teachers and their students. The grant under the direction of Kristen Duncan, an assistant professor in the College of Education, will undertake classroom observations, conduct semi-structured interviews, and use teaching artifacts – lesson plans, handouts, maps, or videos, for example – to better understand how Black teachers incorporate current events into their instruction. “We know very little about how teachers discuss current events with their students, let alone how they discuss current events involving race with their students,” Dr. Duncan said.

Historically Black Delaware State University received a $1.75 million grant from the Longwood Foundation to support the expansion of the university’s nursing program. The three-year grant will provide support for the establishment of a second Clinical Simulation Lab, as well as a Rehabilitation Center, and a Nursing Summer Pilot Program to help incoming freshmen pre-nursing majors adjust to the rigors of the discipline’s curriculum.

The Levy Economics Institute at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, has received a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Hewlett Foundation. The award will support the institute’s Gender Equality and the Economy program and aims to generate new knowledge and share information about the economic empowerment of women, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. The program will focus on the ways in which economic processes and policies affect gender equality and examines the relationships between gender inequalities and economic outcomes. During the grant period, the institute and its partners plan to generate new research on gender disparities in employment security and welfare outcomes in Ghana and South Africa.

Historically Black Hampton University in Virginia received a $1 million grant from Prudential Financial. With the new grant, the university will offer new scholarship and mentorship opportunities, including expanding the Prudential-Hampton Fellows program that is open to all first-year and second-year business school students. Prudential will also launch a new Faculty Fellowship, which includes a two-week immersive financial education experience at its headquarters in Newark, New Jersey. Additionally, the partnership will support campus facility improvements, technology investments, and educational sessions on product development, marketing, and corporate social responsibility.

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