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.

The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff has received $15 million in federal funding to construct a new nursing school facility with improved educational resources and state-of-the-art equipment. The historically Black university currently offers two nursing programs: a bachelor of science in nursing and a registered nurse to bachelor’s degree program for already-licensed nurses.

A team of researchers led by the University of Connecticut has received a $3.5 million grant to research how behaviors and social factors affect sleep quality among Black and Hispanic women of child-bearing age. The project aims to address health inequities and promote the benefits of healthy sleep, which can lead to better pregnancy outcomes and long-term heart health.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the retention and graduation of Latinx and African American science majors. The grant program will focus on implementing social psychology interventions, peer mentoring, and faculty professional development to promote STEM fields to students from historically underrepresented communities.

The African American and Africana diaspora studies department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation, the department’s largest grant since its founding in 1982. The funds will support the department’s efforts in teaching African American subject matter to local high school teachers and librarians.

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