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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. 

A Trio of Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Positions

Darian Longmire is a new assistant professor of art practice at the University of California, Berkeley. Associate professor Michelle Richardson was named faculty athletics representative at Coppin State University in Baltimore and Jallicia A. Jolly is a new assistant professor of American studies and Black studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Outlawed 55 Years Ago, The Effects of Redlining Are Still Being Felt in Communities of Color

Although the practice of redlining has been illegal since 1968, multiple studies show that redlining’s harmful legacy has left nonwhite communities struggling with air pollution, reproductive health disorders, and fewer urban amenities more than 50 years later.

Berkeley Professor to Design Emory University’s Memorial to the Enslaved

In 2021, Emory University announced plans to develop memorials on its Atlanta and Oxford campuses to honor the enslaved individuals who are part of Emory’s history. The university has selected the Hood Design Studio of Oakland, California to develop plans for the memorials.

Harry Elam to Step Down as Occidental College President at the End of the Academic Year

Harry J. Elam Jr. became the sixteenth president of Occidental College in Los Angeles on July 1, 2020. Dr. Elam recently announced in a message to new students that he would be stepping down from his post at the end of the academic year due to a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Jamal A. Cooks Is the New President of Chabot College in California

Dr. Cooks has served as vice president of academic services at Chabot College since 2022, although he assumed the role on an interim basis in 2021. Prior to community college administration, Dr. Cooks served as a full professor at San Francisco State University, where he was also the associate director for the educational leadership doctoral program.

Janelle Scott to Serve as President of the American Educational Research Association

Janelle Scott is a professor and the Birgeneau Distinguished Chair in Educational Disparities in the School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Scott joins the AERA Council in 2023–2024 as president-elect. Her presidency begins at the conclusion of the association’s 2024 annual meeting.

Two Black Scholars in the United States Win the Dan David Prize

The Dan David Prize is awarded by the Dan David Foundation at Tel Aviv University in Israel to up to nine early and mid-career scholars and practitioners in the historical disciplines. The honor comes with a $300,000 prize. Of this year's nine winners, two are Black scholars with university affiliations in the United States: Saheed Aderinto of Florida International University and Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers of the University of California, Berkeley.

Five African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are William Broussard at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Angela Griffinat Wilmington College in Ohio, Anthony Brooks at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, Yogananda Pittman at the University of California, Berkeley, and Kenyatta N. Shamburger at Talladega College in Alabama.

Four Black Scholars in New University Teaching Roles

Taking on new teaching assignments are Ericmoore Jossou at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Audrey Sorrells at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Chaudron Carter Short at Temple University in Philadelphia, and Francis Annan at the University of California, Berkeley.

Tuskegee University Partners With the University of California, Berkeley on Data Science Initiative

The initiative is beginning this summer with an eight-week course on the Berkeley campus for 13 Tuskegee students. This fall, a data science course will be offered at Tuskegee co-taught by faculty at both universities. In the summer of 2023, the initiative expects to launch an undergraduate research program.

A Trio of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Stephen Best is the new director of the Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey will co-direct the Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni at Georgia State University and Desmond Upton Patton was named to an endowed chair at the University of Pennsylvania.

Berkeley Law to Require All Students to Take a Course on Race

Starting with the entering class in August 2023, students at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law will be required to take at least one course on race and the law in order to graduate.

In Memoriam: Tyler Stovall, 1954-2021

Tyler Stovall was a renowned historian of modern Europe, professor, and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University. From 2014 to 2020, he was dean of humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Berkeley Professor Rucker C. Johnson Wins the 2022 Grawemeyer Award in Education

Dr. Johnson studied the life trajectories of more than 15,000 children who grew up during the years school integration was federally enforced. He found that Black children who attended integrated schools had stronger educational, health, and income outcomes compared to their counterparts who remained in segregated schools.

East Carolina University Names Robin Coger as Provost/Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Dr. Coger is currently the dean of the College of Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. Earlier, she was a faculty member in the department of mechanical engineering and engineering science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1996 to 2011. She will take on her new job in July 2022.

The First African Woman to Win the African Studies Association’s Distinguished Africanist Award

Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí is a professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University in New York. In the 38-year history of the honor, she is the first African woman to win the Distinguished Africanist Award. More than half the recipients have been White men.

Reginald DesRoches Will Be the Eighth President of Rice University in Houston

The will of oil tycoon William Marsh Rice stipulated that only White students would be allowed to enroll at the university bearing his name. From its founding in 1912 to 1965, no Black student was permitted to enroll at Rice University. Next summer, the university will install its first Black president.

In Memoriam: Albert J. Raboteau, 1943-2021

Albert Raboteau, the Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion Emeritus at Princeton University, joined the faculty at the university in 1982. He served as chair of the department of religion from 1987 to 1992 and as dean of the Graduate School from 1992 to 1993.

In Memoriam: Hardy T. Frye, 1939-2021

After earning a master's degree and a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Frye accepted an appointment at Yale as an assistant professor in 1976, where he taught for one year. He later served on the faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz for more than two decades.

In Memoriam: Marie Alexandria Malveaux, 1928-2021

Malveaux worked as a teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District and as a social worker with the San Francisco Department of Social Services. Then in 1973, she was hired as an assistant professor of social work at the University of Mississippi. She was only the second African American to teach at the university.

New Assignments for Six African American Faculty Members

Taking on new assignments are Kamilla Alexander at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Kenneth Anderson at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Lisa Armstrong at the University of California, Berkeley, Lenora Green-Turner at the University of Arkansas, Brian Simmons at Texas Southern University, and Rachel E. Bernard at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Whites Who Read News About Racial Incidents Are Less Likely to Support Black Businesses

When people are reminded of how they differ from others, they often become more inclined to identify — and side — with their own group. A new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Oregon, and the University of Minnesota finds that news coverage of racial incidents lowers support for Black entrepreneurs.

New Report Examines Residential Racial Segregation in the Twenty-First Century

A new report by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's Othering and Belonging Institute finds that residential racial segregation is the major factor in racial inequality in the United States. The authors also conclude that residential segregation not only persists but has gotten worse over the past 30 years.

University of Virginia’s School of Architecture Names Malo A. Hutson as Its Next Dean

Dr. Hutson is currently a tenured professor and director of the Urban Planning Ph.D. Program in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University in New York City. He is also the director of the school’s Urban Community and Health Equity Lab.

Brenda Thames Will Be the Next President of El Camino Community College in California

Dr. Thames has spent more than two decades working for community colleges throughout the state, in instruction, student services. and administration. Most recently she has been serving as president of the Coalinga campus of West Hills College.

David C. Wilson Named Leader of the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Wilson currently serves as senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and is a professor of political science and psychological and brain sciences at the University of Delaware. He will become dean of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley on July 1.

A Quartet of African Americans Scholars in New Faculty Positions or Roles

The four African American faculty members appointed to new ranks or positions are Lucy Mule at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, La Marr Jurelle Bruce at the University of Maryland, College Park, Rediet Abebe at the University of California, Berkeley, and Darius Scott at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are Roger A. Mitchell, Jr. at Howard University, Karine Gibbs at the University of California, Berkeley, Marie-Carmelle Elie at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Tia N. Dumas at Clemson University in South Carolina, and Twanda Young at Bowie State University in Maryland.

How Hate Crimes in a State Impact Enrollments at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The authors of the study, published by the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis, found that an increase in reports of state-level hate crimes predicted a 20 percent increase in Black first-time student enrollment at HBCUs.

Linda Green Will Be the Inaugural Dean of the College of Law at Michigan State University

Professor Greene serves on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Law. She first joined the faculty there in 1989 and holds the Evjue-Bascom Professorship. From 1999 to 2004 she was the inaugural vice chancellor of equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of California, San Diego.

University of California’s Vast Archive of FBI Files on Black Civil Rights Leaders

In 1967, the FBI quietly unleashed a covert surveillance operation targeting “subversive” civil rights groups and Black leaders. The objective, according to an FBI memo was to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” the radical fight for Black rights — and Black power.

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 American Society of Criminology Honors Book by Berkeley Professor Nikki Jones

Nikki Jones, a professor of African American studies at the University of California, Berkeley, has won the 2020 Michael J. Hindelang Award from the American Society of Criminology. The award recognizes a book published within the past three years that makes the most outstanding contribution to research in criminology.

Six African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

The new diversity officers are Jarvis Watson at the College of the Visual Arts, Lorie Johnson-Osho at the University of Pittsburgh, Mill Etienne at New York Medical College, Ty-Ron Douglas at the University of California, Berkeley, Eboni Britt at Syracuse University, and Quinn Capers IV at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Berkeley’s Nikki Jones Honored by the Western Society of Criminology

Nikki Jones, a professor of African American studies at the University of California, Berkeley, has been awarded the 2020 W.E.B. DuBois Award from the Western Society of Criminology for her work in raising awareness for racial and ethic issues in criminology and criminal justice.

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