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Two Black Scholars Appointed to Faculty Positions

The new faculty are Esther Jones at Brown University and Dagmawi Woubshet at the University of Pennsylvania.

Study Presents Data on the Benefits of HBCUs for Black Students

The study found that students initially enrolling in HBCUs are 14.6 percentage points more likely to earn a bachelor's degree than Black students who enroll at predominantly White institutions. Black students who enrolled at a non-HBCU four-year institution were 24 percentage points less likely to complete a bachelor’s degree within six years than White students overall.

Racial Differences in Cold Sensitivity Are Both a Health and Economic Issue

A new study at the University of Connecticut suggests Black households pay more to keep their homes comfortable, in part due to increased cold sensitivity. Black people who can’t afford those couple extra degrees end up seeking medical attention more often than their White counterparts.

Robin Nelson Wins the Sussman Award From the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Robin Nelson, an associate professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, is being recognized for “her outstanding contributions to understanding human relationships and their evolutionary impact.”

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Higher Education Administrative Posts

Eugene Diggs II is the new director of bands at Lincoln University in Missouri and Wendy Wallace was appointed director of civic engagement at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Wendy Wallace was appointed director of civic engagement at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and Margaret Dismond Martin is the new chief of staff for the president of Virginia Union University.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Named to University Administrative Positions

Taking on new administrative duties are Elfred Anthony Pinkard at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Whitney McDowell-Robinson at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, Terryl Brown at Pace University in New York, and Rochie C. Hunter at the University of Michigan.

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.

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University Named After Ruth Simmons

Ten years ago, the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice opened its doors at Brown University. The center’s creation inspired universities and other organizations around the world to take up the work of investigating their own ties to slavery. Now, the university has named the center in honor of President Emerita Ruth J. Simmons.

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.

A Quartet of Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Posts Relating to Diversity

Taking on new duties relating to diversity at universities are Bi Awosika at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Nefertiti Walker at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dorothy Hines at the University of Kansas, Jai-Me Potter-Rutledge for the School of Public Health at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Ruth Simmons to Take on New Role as Senior Adviser to the President of Harvard University

Ruth Simmons, who recently stepped down as president of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, will advise the president of Harvard on efforts to support the recommendations of the Presidential Committee on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery. Her work will focus on engaging in meaningful and enduring partnerships with the nation’s HBCUs.

Study Finds that Firearm Death Rates for Black Men in Some U.S. Cities Is Higher Than in War Zones

A new study by researchers at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and the University of Pennsylvania. finds that in some urban zip codes with large populations of young African Americans, the death rate from firearms was higher than for U.S. troops serving as ground troops in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Brown University Honors Its First Black Woman Doctoral Recipient

Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, is renaming its Graduate School diversity fellow in honor of the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. from the university. The Mae Belle Williamson Simmons Diversity Fellowships will honor the legacy of a trailblazing Providence native who earned a Ph.D. in 1962 and made a lasting impact on the field of child psychology.

Brown University Acquires Papers and Artwork of Mumia Abu-Jamal

In 1982, Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. His death sentence was later overturned and he was given a life sentence without parole. While in prison, Abu-Jamal has written extensively on the failures of the U.S. criminal justice system.

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.

Kenneth Elmore Appointed President of Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts

Elmore has been serving as an associate provost and the dean of students at Boston University, where he has been a member of the leadership team for nearly two decades. He will be the college's fourteenth president since its founding in 1865.

A Trio of Black Scholars Appointed to Positions as Deans

Ronald Aubert has been appointed interim dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. Richard J. Reddick was appointed dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and Sharon Porterfield was appointed dean of the College of Education at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Brown University’s Glenn Loury Wins the $250,000 Bradley Prize

Glenn Loury is a professor of social sciences, economics, and international and public affairs at Brown University. The Bradley Prize is given to notable leaders whose accomplishments reflect the Bradley Foundation’s mission to restore, strengthen and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism.

Ruth Simmons Announces She Plans to Step Down as President of Prairie View A&M University

Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, has announced that she plans to retire but is willing to continue serving in the role until her successor is named. Dr. Simmons came out of retirement in 2017 to lead the historically Black university.

In Memoriam: Julius Sherrod Scott, 1955-2021

Professor Scott earned a Ph.D. in history at Duke University in 1986, where his dissertation concerned communications between groups of free and enslaved Africans throughout the Atlantic World that were facilitated by travelers on ships between ports in the New World. The dissertation was finally published as a book in 2018.

A Large Group of African Americns Who Have Been Appointed to University Administrative Positions

Here is a roundup of recent announcements regarding the appointments of African Americans to administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

Taking on new roles are Alison Chandler at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Shannon Palmer at Edward Waters University in Florida, Rodney Chatman at Brown University, Liz Andrews at Spelman College in Atlanta, Lonnie Cockerham at North Carolina A&T State University, Martinique C.G. Free at American University, and Juanette Council at Fayetteville State University.

In Memoriam: Leon Leroy Haley Jr., 1964-2021

Dr. Haley joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 2017 as dean of the College of Medicine-Jacksonville. He was the first African American to hold that position. Dr. Haley also was a professor of emergency medicine and vice president for health affairs for the University of Florida.

Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University Is the 2020 Hooks National Book Award Winner

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis has named Marcia Chatelain, a professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., as the 2020 Hooks National Book Award Winner for her book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.

Melissa Nobles Appointed Chancellor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Since 2015, Dr. Nobles has led the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT. Her current research is focused on building a database of racial killings in the U.S. South, from 1930 to 1954, an archival project developed with the Northeastern University Law School’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice law clinic.

Five Black Scholars Appointed to Higher Education Diversity Posts

Recently hired to diversity posts are Paul Frazier at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Sylvia R. Carey-Butler at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, LaVar Charleston at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jeanne Arnold at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, and Wilmore Webley at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Renée T. White Appointed the Next Provost at The New School in New York City

Dr. White comes to The New School from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where she has served as provost and a professor of sociology since 2016. Previously she was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Simmons University in Boston from 2011 to 2016.

New Administrative Appointments in Higher Education for a Quartet of African Americans

Taking on new administrative positions are Laura Colson at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, Freddie W. Wills Jr. at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Marie Williams at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and Victor Clay at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The First African American Dean of the Business School at the University of Portland in Oregon

Michael DeVaughn has served on the faculty at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 2008. Earlier, he taught at the University of Minnesota. His scholarship has centered on organizational learning and entrepreneurship, as well as the delivery of business education.

Racial Segregation in Major Cities Is Not Just About Housing

A new study of more than 133 million tweets on Twitter from 2013 to 2015 conducted by researchers at Brown University and Harvard University finds that in most urban areas, people of different races don’t just live in different neighborhoods — they also eat, drink, shop, socialize and travel in different neighborhoods.

Vincent Rougeau Will Be the First African American President of the College of the Holy Cross

Vincent Rougeau has been dean of the Boston College Law School since 2011. Prior to his role at Boston College, Rougeau was a tenured professor of law at Notre Dame Law School and served as their associate dean for academic affairs from 1999-2002.

Three African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Jomaira Salas Pujols will be joining the sociology faculty at Bard College in New York. Professor Morris Taylor was named vice chancellor for administration at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Alani Hicks-Bartlett is a new assistant professor at Brown University.

Three Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Robin E. Dock was promoted to professor of rehabilitation counseling at Winston-Salem State University. Elwood Watson, a professor of history at East Tennessee State University, was named co-editor in chief of a prestigious journal and Ainsley LeSure is a new assistant professor of African studies at Brown University in Rhode Island.

The First Woman to Be Named Dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State University

Dr. Howard is currently chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Earlier in her career, she developed robotic devices for space exploration at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

A Trio of African American Faculty Members Who Have Been Assigned New Roles

Keith McGee is taking on a new administrative role at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. Lydia Didia is a new assistant professor of accounting in the College of Business at Jackson State University in Mississippi and Charrise M. Barron is a new assistant professor of African studies and music at Brown University in Rhode Island.

A Quartet of African American Women Scholars in New Teaching Positions

Taking on new faculty assignments are Candice Price at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin at Pennsylvania State University, Shatema Threadcraft at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and Charrise Barron at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

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