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Eight African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Children Raised in Single-Parent Homes Are Less Likely to Complete College

For young adults who have reached the age of 24, those who grew up in single-parent homes were less likely to have obtained a bachelor's degree than children raised in married-couple households. Income differences explain only one half of the gap.

University of Chicago Honors Its First African American Faculty Member

Julian H. Lewis earned a Ph.D. in physiology and pathology at the University of Chicago in 1915 and then went on to medical school. He was hired as an instructor at the University of Chicago in 1917.

New Study Finds That the Great Migration Negatively Impacted Black Mortality Rates

While the Great Migration provided millions of Blacks with better educational and economic opportunities, a new study finds that it also led to increase mortality rates for African Americans.

William Julius Wilson Named to the Kluge Chair at the Library of Congress

Over the next four months, Professor Wilson will conduct research at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Dr. Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University.

Studying the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates

The authors compared U.S. infant mortality rates to those in two European countries. They found that the reason infant mortality is lower in Europe is simply because these countries take better care of their low-income citizens than is the case in the United States.

Yale Scholar Named to University’s First Endowed Chair in Poetry

Elizabeth Alexander, who was selected to write a poem and read it at President Obama's inauguration in 2009, has been a member of the faculty at Yale since 2000.

Former Deputy Governor of Illinois Hired at the University of Chicago

Cristal Thomas was appointed vice president for community health engagement at the University of Chicago School of Medicine and special assistant to the vice president for civic engagement at the University of Chicago.

Danielle Allen Will Join the Faculty at Harvard University

In 2007, Dr. Allen was named the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She was the first African American named to the permanent faculty at the Institute.

Four Universities Selected as Finalists for the Obama Presidential Library

The Barack Obama foundation has narrowed the field of candidates to host the Obama Presidential Library to Columbia University, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Hawaii.

Why Black Teens Join Gangs

A new study led by Dexter R. Voison, a professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, identifies factors that lead to gang membership by young African American females.

Report Finds That Tensions Between Black Youth and the Police Are a Nationwide Problem

The report from the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago finds that 54.5 percent of Black youth report being harassed by the police. This is nearly double the rate for youth from other racial and ethnic groups.

Jacqueline Goldsby Named Chair of African American Studies at Yale University

Dr. Goldsby is a professor of English and a professor of African American studies at Yale University. Before joining the faculty at Yale, Dr. Goldsby taught at the University of Chicago.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

This Week’s Appointments of African Americans to Key Posts in Higher Education Administration

Taking on new administrative roles are Venessa Funches, Nancy L. Jones, Michael A. Ellington, Michael Williams, Kenyatta Tatum Futterman, Zella Palmer, Loretta A. Moore, Angela Simmons, and Marquetta Faulkner.

In Memoriam: Vincent Gordon Harding, 1931-2014

Vincent G. Harding, the civil rights activist, author, and professor emeritus of religion and social transformation at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, died on May 19 in Philadelphia. He was an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Donald Reeves to Relinquish Duties as Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University

Dr. Reeves has served as chancellor at Winston-Salem State University since August 2007. When he gives up his duties as chancellor, Dr. Reeves will return to the classroom as a full professor of political science at the university.

Does Moving Children Out of High-Poverty Areas Improve Their Mental Health?

A study of more than 4,600 families who were given vouchers to move out of high-poverty urban areas from 1994 to 1998 found that 10 to 15 years later, in terms of mental health girls in these families were better off but boys were not.

New Arts Hall at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools to Honor Gordon Parks

The George Lucas Family Foundation has pledged to donate $25 million to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for a new arts hall. At George Lucas' request, the building will be named to honor Gordon Parks.

Five African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts

The new appointees are Lowell Kent Davis at Western Carolina University, Stan Wilcox at Florida State University, Wayne Felder at Bowie State University, Bryan Samuels at the University of Chicago, and LaShonda Peebles of Chicago State University.

Racist Prank at the University of Chicago

An African American mail carrier was asked to bring 79 packaging boxes to "Reggin Toggaf" (spelled backwards it's "Faggot Nigger") at a fraternity at the University of Chicago. The carrier made six or seven trips up the stairs to the fraternity carrying the boxes.

University of Chicago Gives Out Its Diversity Leadership Awards

Michael Bennett, associate professor of sociology at DePaul University, received the award in the alumni category. Kim Ransom, director of the university's Collegiate Scholars Program won the award in the staff category.

University of Chicago Eliminates Student Loans for Graduates of Chicago High Schools

The University of Chicago has unveiled a new financial aid program for students from schools in the city that will eliminate student loans from their financial aid packages.

The Post Post-Racial Era?

The election of Barack Obama in 2008 prompted some commentators to say that the nation had entered a post-racial era, but new data from researchers at three universities shows that anti-Black sentiments are on the rise.

Scholarly Study Finds Signifcant Racial Bias in Criminal Sentencing

The authors found a mean incarceration rate of 51 percent for Blacks and 38 percent for Whites. But they found a significant racial gap in incarceration rates between judges that increases the racial gap by as much as 18 percentage points.

In Memoriam: Michel-Rolph Trouillot, 1949-2012

He was a a professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago. He published his first book on the Haitian revolution while he was an undergraduate student at CUNY.

University of Chicago Study Finds Counseling Program Reduces Crime Rates of Minority Youth

Teens who participated in the program had a 44 percent reduction in violent crime arrests and a 36 percent reduction in arrest rates for other crimes compared to a control group.

University Research Finds Behavioral Problems of Multiracial Youth May Be Exaggerated

It has been widely believed that multiracial adolescents have more behavioral problems than African Americans and Whites because they are not accepted as peers by either ethnic group.

The Huge Earnings Benefit for Minority Students Who Major in STEM Fields

The study found that Black and other minority students who major in STEM fields earn at least 25 percent more than their peers who majored in humanities or education.

Cathy Cohen Honored for Her Undergraduate Teaching

The Quantrell Award, established in 1938 at the University of Chicago, is considered the nation's oldest prize for undergraduate teaching.

Two Black Scholars Win Prestigious Awards

Victor Mbarika of Southern University was honored by the Cameroon Association of Engineers and Computer Scientists and Timuel Black won the Benton Medal from the University of Chicago.

Mario Small Named Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago

Dr. Small has been serving as a professor of sociology and chair of the department of sociology at the university.

Study Finds Students’ Attitudes on Race Change for the Worse During Their College Years

A survey finds that students are less concerned about promoting racial understanding when they are seniors than when they were freshmen.

Kimberly Goff-Crews Is Returning to Yale

The University of Chicago vice president is the former director of Yale's Afro-American Cultural Center.

For Young White Children, Language Trumps Race in Defining an Adult’s Identity

A unique experiment found that White and Black children placed difference emphasis on racial appearance and language.

President Obama’s Top Adviser on Urban Policy Going to the University of Chicago

In January Derek Douglas will become vice president for civic engagement.

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