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University of Michigan Creates New Professorships to Honor Diversity Efforts

The new professorships will recognize senior faculty who have shown a commitment to the university’s ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion through their scholarship, teaching, or service and engagement.

In Memoriam: Niara Sudarkasa, 1938-2019

In 1969, Dr. Sudarkasa joined the faculty at the University of Michigan. She was the first tenured African American faculty member at the university. In 1986, she was appointed the eleventh president of historically Black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and served in that role for 12 years.

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in the Academic World

Taking on new roles are Audrey Bennett of the University of Michigan, Billy Childs at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Stephanie Y. Evans at Georgia State University, and William C. McCoy at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Six African Americans Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Brigette A. Bryant at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania, Rita L. Walters at Union Theological Siminary in New York, Rolanda Burney at the University of Massachusetts, Bryle Henderson Hatch at North Carolina A&T State University, Carol E. Henderson at Emory University in Atlanta, and Rhae-Ann Booker at the University of Michigan.

Marcella David Appointed Provost at Columbia College in Chicago

Currently, Professor David serves as the Betty T. Ferguson Visiting Professor of Law at Florida State University. Previously, she served as the chief academic officer at Florida A&M University.

E. LaBrent Chrite Appointed President of Bethune-Cookman University in Florida

Currently, Dr. Chrite serves as dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He previously served as dean at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and taught at the University of Arizona and the University of Michigan.

Colleges and Universities That Engage in “Authentic” Diversity Practices

There has been extensive research on organizational diversity initiatives that focus on either the number of minorities at a particular institution or the racial climate. This study evaluates these two concepts together, which helps determine if colleges and universities engage in "authentic" diversity practices.

Study Finds African-Americans More Likely Than Whites to Have Less Wealth Than Their Parents

The racial wealth gap can play a significant role in access to quality higher education. Components of family wealth, such as stocks, bonds, money in the bank, and real estate, produce interest, dividends, or rental income which are commonly used to offset or pay college costs.

University of Michigan Researchers Adapt Sexual Assault Program for Use at a University in Ghana

The program was adapted from Relationship Remix, the sexual violence prevention program delivered to incoming freshman at the University of Michigan. The effort tailored the program to address specific issues facing students at the African university.

In Memoriam: Jean Fairfax, 1920-2019

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fairfax served as dean of women at what is now Kentucky State University in Frankfort and at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

In Memoriam: Feleta Wilson, 1945-2019

Dr. Wilson, an associate professor of nursing at Wayne State University in Detroit, focused her academic research on patient education and patient health literacy to reduce health disparities and inequities in vulnerable populations.

Six Schools of Public Affairs Launch New Diversity Alliance

The new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance seeks to encourage and sustain a pipeline of diverse candidates for faculty positions in criminal justice, policy, and public administration at the six participating schools.

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.

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.

Many Low-Income Students Do Not Know the Financial Aid Resources Available to Them

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that low-income students are far more likely to apply to more elite and selective schools if they are aware of the extent of financial aid available to them.

The First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Michigan

With a background in chemistry, Dr. Sivels had not taken basic physic courses in high school or as an undergraduate at MIT. As a result, she he was not as well prepared for a graduate level program in nuclear engineering in comparison to her peers.

Seven African Americans Elected Into the National Academy of Medicine

A JBHE analysis of the list of the 75 members of the latest cohort elected into the National Academy of Medicine finds that it appears that seven, or 9 percent, are Black. Most have current affiliations with academic institutions in the United States.

Kimberly Dowdell Elected President of the National Organization of Minority Architects

Kimberly Dowdell is a faculty member in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She is a licensed architect and partner with Century Partners, a Detroit-based real estate firm focused on equitable neighborhood revitalization.

Kevin Gaines Named to a New Endowed Professorship at the University of Virginia

Dr. Gaines comes to the University of Virginia from Cornell University where he was the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Africana Studies and History. Previously he has taught at Princeton University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Michigan.

Lawrence D. Bobo Named Dean of Social Sciences at Harvard University

Dr. Bobo currently serves as the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences and chair of the department of African American Studies. He has been a Harvard faculty member since 1997. Earlier, he taught at UCLA and Stanford University.

University of Georgia to Honor Mary Frances Early, Its First African American Graduate

Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes were the first African American students to enroll at the University of Georgia in 1961. But Mary Frances Early was the first African American to earn a degree from the University of Georgia. The university will unveil an official portrait in October.

How Student Loan Debt Impacts the Racial Wealth Gap Years After Students Complete College

The study of nearly 1,500 young adults, led by a professor of social work at the University of Illinois, found that Black and Hispanic students who had accumulated student loan debt during their college years had, at age 30, $36,000 less in net worth than their peers who did not have student loan debt.

Levi Thompson to Be the Next Dean of College of Engineering at the University of Delaware

Dr. Thompson is currently the Richard E. Balzhiser Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He also serves as the director of the Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory at the university.

Huge Racial Disparities in Incarceration Rates Have Created a Public Health Crisis in Black America

A new study by researchers at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago finds that young adults whose parents have been incarcerated during their childhood are less likely to obtain quality healthcare and are more likely to participate in unhealthy behaviors.

Academic Study Finds Church-Going African Americans Suffer Fewer Mental Health Issues

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, finds that religion is a major beneficial factor for African Americans in helping them deal with the pressures of American life.

The Next President of Great Bay Community College in New Hampshire

Dr. Morrice was vice provost at the University of Missouri in charge of enrollment management and strategic development. Earlier, he was the chief enrollment officer at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Beverly Daniel Tatum Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Beverly Daniel Tatum, who served as president of Spelman College in Atlanta from 2002 to 2015, has been selected to receive the Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity.

Affluent Black Youth Are More Likely to Be Depressed Than Lower-Income Black Youth

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan found that Black youths between 13 and 17 years of age from affluent families were more likely to suffer from depression that Black youth from lower socioeconomic groups. The reason: Exposure to higher levels of racial discrimination.

Tulane’s Jesmyn Ward to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Fiction

Jesmyn Ward, an associate professor of English at Tulane University in New Orleans, will receive the fiction award at the 83rd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Award ceremony in Cleveland this September. She is the only woman to win two National Book Awards.

University of Michigan to Rename Two Campus Buildings That Honor Racists

Clarence Cook Little who served for a brief time as president of the University of Michigan, was a proponent of sterilization for the "unfit." Professor Alexander Winchell wrote about "the inferiority of the Negro."

Tulane University’s Jesmyn Ward Nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction

The five finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award in fiction have been announced by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, D.C. One of the five finalists is an African American: Jesmyn Ward, an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Reginald Rogers Named Educator of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers

The Dr. Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award from the National Society of Black Engineers is given annually to a collegiate faculty member who demonstrates commitment to advancing education in engineering, science or mathematics.

African American Scholar Wins National Book Award in Fiction

Jesmyn Ward is an associate professor of English at Tulane University. This is the second time she was won the National Book Award in fiction. In 2017, she was chosen as a MacArthur Fellow.

Wolde-Ab Issac Appointed Chancellor of the Riverside Community College District

The district, the fifth largest in the state of California includes Riverside City College, Norco College and Moreno Valley College. Since 2015, Dr. Isaac, a native of Eritrea in East Africa, has served as president of Riverside City College.

Valerie Jarrett Named a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School

For eight years, Valerie Jarrett was a senior adviser to the President during the Obama administration. In her new role, she will participate in academic seminars, conferences, and student-led initiatives. Jarrett will continue to focus on issues of gender equality, criminal justice reform, health care, and civic engagement.

Samuel Mukasa Is One of Three Finalists for Provost at the University of Connecticut

Samuel B. Mukasa is dean of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. From 2011 to 2016, Dr. Mukasa was dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire.

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