Higher Education Gifts or Grants 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.

Shelley White-Means, a professor of health economics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to study the disparity in breast cancer survival of Black women compared to White women. The goal of the research project is to identify effective public policy interventions and strategies to better support Black women with breast cancer.

Howard University in Washington, D.C., has received a nearly $1 million grant from Gilead Sciences to increase HIV prevention, anti-stigma, and health equity efforts for Black cisgender and transgender women. The funds will support a collaborative effort between the historically Black university and HealthHIV, focusing on engagement and awareness through artistic endeavors such as podcasts, blogs, fashion shows, and workshops geared towards Black women.

University of California Los Angeles alumni, Helen and Morgan Chu, have pledged $10 million in support of the university’s ethnic studies research. The gift will endow four chairs for research centers in the university’s Institute of American Cultures, including the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.

The American Cancer Society has been awarded a grant from the National Basketball Association Foundation to support programming for 300 underrepresented high school, college, and post-baccalaureate students interested in oncology and cancer research. The funding will focus on supporting 18 to 24 year olds at historically Black colleges and universities.

The First Bank has donated $1 million to 12 historically Black colleges and universities in support of their economic and community development endeavors. The schools receiving funding are Jackson State University, Tougaloo College, Southern University and A&M College, Southern University at New Orleans, Dillard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Bishop State Community College, Albany State University, Savannah State University, Clayton State University, Florida A&M University, and Edward Waters University.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Study Discovers Link Between Midlife Exposure to Racism and Risk of Dementia

Scholars at the University of Georgia, the University of Iowa, and Wake Forest University, have found an increased exposure to racial discrimination during midlife results in an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease and dementia later in life.

Josie Brown Named Dean of University of Hartford College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Brown currently serves as a professor of English and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Point Park University, where she has taught courses on African American, Caribbean, and Ethnic American literature for the past two decades.

UCLA Study Reveals Black Americans are More Likely to Die from “Deaths of Despair” Than White Americans

Deaths among Black Americans that are related to mental-health concerns, such as drug and alcohol abuse or suicide, have tripled over the past decade. Although White Americans deaths of despair mortality rate was double that of Black Americans in 2013, African Americans are now more likely to experience a mental-health related death than their White peers.

Kamau Siwatu to Lead the Texas Tech University College of Education

Dr. Siwatu is a professor of educational psychology who has taught at Texas Tech University for nearly 20 years. Earlier this year, he was appointed interim associate dean for academic affairs.

Featured Jobs