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Jamila Taylor Named President of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research

"I am eager to set a path for IWPR that builds upon its reputation as a trusted economic and equity think tank, producing ground-breaking research and bold policy solutions that advance gender equality in ways that are meaningful and long-lasting," says Dr. Taylor.

Stress From Discrimination, Racism, and Safety Fears Leads to Increased Heart Disease Risk for Blacks

The research led by scholars at Virginia Commonwealth University found that the cardiovascular impact of these stressors varied by gender, with Black women more affected by discrimination and Black men more affected by neighborhood safety.

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

Terrence Mitchell was appointed executive director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Faye Belgrave has been named vice president and chief diversity officer at Virginia Commonwealth University and Tammy Bennett is the inaugural vice president for inclusive excellence in philanthropy at the University of Cincinnati Foundation.

Four African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Yolanda Pierce was appointed dean of the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University and John W. Miller Jr. will be the next dean of the School of Social Work and Family Science at the University of Louisville. Kristina K. Bethea Odejimi was named dean of students at Emory University and Kelechi C. Ogbonna is the new dean of the School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Nicolle Parsons-Pollard Appointed Provost at Georgia State University in Atlanta

Since arriving at Georgia State in January 2020 as associate provost for faculty affairs, Dr. Parsons-Pollard has created, implemented, and championed a variety of faculty development programs to support and strengthen faculty in teaching and research, as well as leadership programming for department chairs and other administrators.

Tressie McMillan Cottom Is the Winner of the Gittler Prize from Brandeis University

The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize was created in 2007 by the late Professor Joseph B. Gittler to recognize outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic, and/or religious relations. The annual award includes a $25,000 prize and a medal.

New Research Documents the Medical College of Virginia’s Ties to Slavery

The Medical College of Virginia was established as a separate entity in 1854 from its 1838 roots at Hampden-Sydney College. In 1968, it became part of Virginia Commonwealth University. A new report found that the Medical College of Virginia remained thoroughly embedded within the institution of slavery from its founding until the end of the Civil War.

Tomikia LeGrande Chosen to Lead Prairie View A&M University in Texas

Since 2018, Dr. LeGrande has served as vice provost for strategic enrollment management at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Earlier, she was vice president for strategic enrollment management at the University of Houston-Downtown. Prior to her duties in Houston, Dr. LeGrande worked at North Carolina A&T State University and Winston-Salem State University.

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.

Seven African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Aaron J. Hart at Virginia Commonwealth University, Shawn Bake at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Carmen W. Harper at Fayetteville State University, Monique Carroll at Chicago State University, Lisa Lee at Rice University in Houston, Earl Holland Jr. at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Toniette Haynes Robinson at Dallas College.

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.

Name Change for the African American Studies Building at Virginia Commonwealth University

The building will now be known as Gabriel's House, named for the enslaved man in Richmond who, in 1800, organized an unsuccessful but historically significant slave revolt.

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.

Dietra Trent Is the New Leader of the White House Initiative on HBCUs

Since 2019, Dr. Trent has been serving as chief of staff for the president of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Earlier, she was secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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 African Americans Who Have Been Assigned to New Roles Relating to Diversity

Taking on new duties relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion are Brooke Berry at Virginia Commonwealth University, Daniel Hastings at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Barbara J. Lawrence at Rider University in Lawrence Township, New Jersey.

Virginia Commonwealth University’s First Novelist Award Given to Raven Leilani

Raven Leilani, who has served as an Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence at New York University, is the recipient of the 2021 Cabell First Novelist Award given by the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University. The award, now in its 20th year, honors an outstanding debut novel published during the preceding calendar year.

Study Shows How COVID-19 Widened the Racial Gap in Life Expectancy in the United States

The study found that the gap in life expectancy between Black and White populations decreased from 4.02 years in 2010 to 3.54 years in 2014. But the gap increased to 5.81 years in 2020. In 2020, life expectancy for Black men was only 67.73 years, the lowest level since 1998.

African Americans Not Making Progress Into the Top Ranks of Academic Surgery Positions

Over the six-year study period, the share of surgery department chairs and full professorships held by White doctors decreased by 4 to 5 percentage points, but it was Asian faculty who filled the void, rising by 4 percentage points over the same timeframe. Male Black chairs actually lost ground during the study period.

The New Leader of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising

Melinda Anderson currently serves as the interim associate vice chancellor for student success at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. NACADA, with approximately 15,000 members in 35 countries, is housed in the College of Education at Kansas State University.

Former President of Disneyland to Lead the Business School at Santa Clara University

Grier has been serving as dean of the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University. He joined VCU in 2010 after a successful 29-year career with Walt Disney Company. He will become dean of the School of Business at Santa Clara University this coming summer.

Excess Deaths Due to the Pandemic Have Been the Highest in the African American Community

More than a quarter of the excess deaths during the pandemic were not from the virus itself but the result of not seeking or finding adequate care in an emergency such as a heart attack, experiencing fatal complications from a chronic disease such as diabetes, or facing a behavioral health crisis that led to suicide or drug overdose.

Academic Study Examines Reluctance of Older African Americans to Seek Mental Health Care

A new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and the University of Maryland finds that older African Americans living in U.S. counties with a higher population of Black residents are less likely to pursue mental health treatment than other African American seniors.

Study Finds That Racial Segregation in Public Schools in Virginia Is on the Rise

The report, by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Pennsylvania State University, reveals that segregation among schools in the same division contributes to half or more of all multiracial school segregation in Virginia’s metropolitan regions.

New Administrative Positions for Nine African Americans at Colleges and Universities

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.

Two African American Woman Appointed to University Dean Positions

Loury Ollison Floyd has been named dean of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Carmenita D. Higginbotham, an art historian, has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.

The New Dean of the School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth

Susan T. Gooden has served as interim dean since May 2018. Professor Gooden joined the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004.  Earlier, she was an assistant and associate professor in the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech.

Four Black Faculty Members Receive Notable Honors and Awards

The honorees are Tressie McMillan Cottom of Virginia Commonwealth University, Mejai Bola Mike Avoseh of the University of South Dakota, Cle Cousins of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Derek D. Bardell of Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

Katherine Clay Bassard Will Be the Next Provost at Rhodes College in Memphis

Dr. Bassard currently serves as a professor of English and interim senior associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University. Earlier, she was senior vice provost for faculty affairs at VCU.

Robert Winn Named Director of the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Winn has been serving as the director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center in Chicago and as associate vice chancellor of health affairs for community-based practice at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System.

In Memoriam: Paule Marshall, 1929-2019

Paule Marshall taught at both Virginia Commonwealth University and New York University. She authored numerous novels, essays, and works of short fiction.

Oluyinka Olutoye to Head Pediatric Surgery at Ohio State University

A native of Nigeria, Dr. Olutoye completed his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also completed fellowships in pediatric and fetal surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Nationwide Study Finds Major Racial Gap in School Suspensions and Expulsions

The study offers a comprehensive look at racial disparities in school discipline involving expulsion or suspension from school at secondary educational institutions throughout the United States. The study examined disciplinary records involving nearly 16,000 middle schools and more than 18,000 high schools all across the country.

Five African American Faculty Members Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Paul C. Clement of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Tressie McMillan Cottom of Virginia Commonwealth University, Mary Atwater of the University of Georgia, Ronke Olabisi of Rutgers University in New Jersey, and Connie Dacus of Alabama State University.

Two Black Male Medical School Professors Who Are Taking on New Roles

Russell Reid has been named the first Bernard G. Sarnat M.D. Professor in the department of surgery at the University of Chicago School of Medicine and Patrick Nana-Sinkam, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been elected as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Mario Berry at Texas Southern University in Houston, Edward Pittman at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, Maureen O. Stokes at Worcester State University in Massachusetts, and Natalie Pennywell at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

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