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In Memoriam: William Strickland, 1937-2024

Strickland spent his lifetime dedicated to advancing civil rights and Black political representation. For four decades, he served as a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he taught courses on Black history and the civil rights movement.

Study Uncovers Racial Disparities in Postpartum Depression Treatment

Although there were no disparities found in the diagnosis of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder among postpartum mothers, White women were significantly more likely to receive mental health treatment than Black women and women from other racial groups.

In Memoriam: June Jackson Christmas, 1924-2023

A longtime clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, Dr. Christmas also taught behavioral science at the City University of New York School of Medicine and was a professor of mental health policy at the Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Five African Americans Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

The appointments are Courtney Phillips at Louisiana State University, Pamela Richardson at Hampton University, Shani Crayton at Alabama State University, James Ham at North Carolina Central University, and Caroline Ebanks at Columbia University.

Karen Bullock Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Diversity in Palliative Medicine

As an endowed professor at Boston College and scholar at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Bullock's new award honors her dedication to improving care for underrepresented patient populations in hospice and palliative medicine.

Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman Appointed President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

"I appreciate the support I have received from my faculty and trainee colleagues here at UC San Diego along with colleagues from around the world," says Dr. Gyamfi-Bannerman. "Together we will work to advance our field and our reach, improving patient outcomes and eliminating health disparities."

Kimberly White-Smith Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

“Through her leadership and scholarship, Dr. White-Smith inspires a new generation of teachers to serve students and approach their work with equity, compassion, and respect,” said Gail F. Baker, provost and senior vice president at the University of San Diego. 

In Memoriam: Edgar Lawrence Chase III, 1949-2024

Chase dedicated over twenty years of his career to historically Black Dillard University in New Orleans, where he served as dean of business and vice president of facilities, planning, and management.

Yale Library Acquires Digital Collection of Langston Hughes Papers

In a recent December upload, the Yale University Library added a collection of papers from Black poet Langston Hughes to the school's online archive. The collection contains correspondence between Hughes and other authors and civil rights activists of his time.

Study Finds Young Black Women Are Six Times More Likely to Be Murdered Than White Women

The research team, led by Columbia University postdoctoral research fellow Bernadine Waller, writes, "Our findings suggest that there is an urgent need to address homicide inequities among Black and White women in the USA. Enacting federal legislation that reduces gun access is a crucial step."

Claudia V. Schrader Is the New Leader of York College of the City University of New York

A longtime member of the CUNY family, Dr. Schrader has served as president of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn New York, since September 2018. She has held leadership roles in three CUNY schools and has worked for more than 20 years in the system.

Columbia University Scholars Develop an Intervention to Combat Unconscious Racial Bias

Certain facial features — like downturned lips and a heavy brow — are known to make someone appear untrustworthy to others. Such facial biases influence our everyday social interactions as well as high-stakes decisions, including who we hire, elect to political office, or find guilty of a crime.

Five Black Scholars Who Have Been Given New Assignments

Taking on new positions or duties are Carol Y. Bailey at Amherst College in Massachusetts, Ebonya L. Washington of Columbia University, Philip V. McHarris at the University of Rochester in New York, Fayron Epps at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, and Mya Roberson in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University Names Bernard Banks as Its New Director

Dr. Banks comes to Rice from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he has been serving as associate dean for leadership development and inclusion and clinical professor of management and organizations. Earlier, he was chair of the department of behavioral sciences and leadership at the U.S. Military Academy.

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.

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed University Provosts

Dennis Mitchell has been named interim provost at Columbia University in New York City. Georita M. Frierson was selected to be the next provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern Maine and Charles Isbell has been chosen to serve as provost at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Historian Ben Vinson III Named the Eighteenth President of Howard University

Dr. Vinson comes to Howard after serving as provost and executive vice president at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to that, he served as dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Columbia University Teams Up With Southern University for Faculty Development

The new partnership that will facilitate faculty research collaborations; exchange and experiential learning programs for students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty; and innovation and economic development initiatives.

Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman to Lead the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Dr. Gyamfi-Bannerman specializes in obstetric complications with a primary focus on preterm birth prevention. She became chair of the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the medical school in 2021. She holds the Samuel SC Yen Endowed Chair. Earlier, she was a professor at Columbia University in New York City.

UCLA’s Kelly Lytle Hernández Wins the Bancroft Prize

Kelly Lytle Hernández holds the Thomas E. Lifka Chair of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Lytle Hernández is also the director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

Howard University Teams Up With Columbia University Press for a New Book Series

The new book series is entitled Black Lives in the Diaspora: Past/Present/Future. This collaboration represents the first step in a larger planned partnership between the two universities to publish more robustly in Black studies, and to recruit and support a cohort of editorial fellows to provide an entryway for recent HBCU graduates into the publishing industry.

Columbia University to Acquire the Archives of Composer and Educator Tania León

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University in New York has announced that it will acquire the archives of Tania León, the noted composer, conductor, and educator. Her orchestral work Stride, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic in celebration of the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

John L. Jackson Jr. to Be the 31st Provost at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Jackson is currently the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and the Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He was previously dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and senior advisor to the provost on diversity at the university.

La Marr Jurelle Bruce Wins First Book Award From the Modern Language Association

La Marr Jurelle Bruce is an associate professor of American studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. According to the Modern L:anguage Association selection committee's citation, "Bruce develops original and provocative readings across media and genres, and the impact of his work will be felt in multiple fields and disciplines."

John King Appointed the Fifteenth Chancellor of the State University of New York

A former secretary of the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration, John King has been serving since 2017 as the president of The Education Trust, a nonprofit organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students in early childhood, K-12 education, and higher education.

Columbia University Forms the Commission on the History of Race and Racism

This faculty-led entity will assess and establish guidelines for existing and future symbols and representations at Columbia, placing them in historical context and their relationship to racism, guided by a commitment both to historical accuracy and to an inclusive campus environment.

Six African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Higher Education Administrative Posts

Taking on new administrative duties are Gerald Lewis Jr. at Columbia University in New York City, Kristie L. Kenney at Talladega College in Alabama, Karen Wright at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, Michelle Nichols at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Ariel Aponte at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, and Monique Carroll at Chicago State University.

Three African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed Deans

Josef Sorett will be the next dean of Columbia College in New York. Akilah Carter-Francique was appointed dean of Education, Health, and Human Services at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, and Nathaniel Whitaker, has been named interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts.

African American Scholar is the First Faculty Hire for the Columbia Climate School

Kristina G. Douglass was the Joyce and Doug Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute and assistant professor of anthropology and African studies at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Douglass' research focuses on investigating human-environment interaction in Madagascar.

Universities Announce the Appointments of Four African Americans to Dean Positions

The four new deans are Tracey Weldon at the University of South Carolina, Jelani Cobb at Columbia Journalism School in New York City, Stacy L. Jones at the University of Alabama, and James Sattrfeld Jr. at Boise State University in Idaho.

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.

Two African Americans Among the Eight Winners of the 2022 Windham-Campbell Prizes

Administered by Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the awards are conferred annually to eight authors writing in English anywhere in the world. Two of this year's winners are African American women with ties to the academic world.

Barbara Ransby Selected to Receive an Award From the Caribbean Philosophical Association

University of Illinois Chicago historian Barbara Ransby has been named a recipient of the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award. She was selected for the award “because of the historical and political importance of her writings, her tireless work as an institution-builder and activist."

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.

Kimberlé Crenshaw Receives the Top Honor From the Association of American Law Schools

Kimberlé W. Crenshaw is the Promise Institute Professor of Human Rights at the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia University. She was honored by the Association of American Law Schools for her work on critical race theory and intersectionality."

Black or African American? Labels Can Impact People’s Perceptions of Ideology

A new study led by researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, the University of Southern California, and Columbia Business School shows that White Americans associate the label “Blacks” with being targets of racial bias more than the label “African Americans.”

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