Employment Rates for African Americans by Educational Attainment

In 2022, nearly 76 percent of Blacks who had obtained a bachelor's degree were employed, compared to 70.4 percent of Whites with a bachelor's degree. It is likely that this difference occurs because Black women with a college degree are probably more likely to be employed than White women with a college degree.

Robert M. Dixon Is the New Leader of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi

Dr. Dixon has worked as a faculty member and administrator at six HBCUs over the past half-century as a provost, vice president, dean, department chair, and professor. He is a physicist and may have trained more African American physics undergraduates than anyone else in the country.

Racist Images Still Persists in Anthropology and Medical Texts and in Museums

Racist and sexist depictions of human evolution still permeate a broad range of cultural materials in popular media, education, and science, according to a new study led by researchers at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Racist Images Still Persist in Anthropology and Medical Texts and in Museums

Racist and sexist depictions of human evolution still permeate a broad range of cultural materials in popular media, education, and science, according to a new study led by researchers at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Desireé C. Boykin of the UNCF Honored by the Higher Education Leadership Foundation

Boykin is senior vice president and general counsel at the United Negro College Fund. The Higher Education Leadership Foundation recognizes individuals for their enduring and undeniable leadership and influence on the continued excellence of historically Black colleges and universities.

Six Medical Schools in Texas Accused of Illegal Racial Preferences in Admissions

The America First Legal Foundation’s (AFL) Center for Legal Equality has filed a class-action lawsuit against six Texas medical schools for what the foundation...

In Memoriam: Theresa A. Powell

Theresa A. Powell was vice president for student affairs at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Powell came to Temple in 2002 after serving as vice president of student affairs at Western Michigan University.

Wenatchee Valley College in Washington State Names Faimous Harrison as Its Next President

Dr. Harrison has more than 20 years of experience working in the Washington state community and technical college system. He currently serves as dean of the Stockton campus of California State University, Stanislaus. He will become

Imani Perry Wins the National Book Award for Nonfiction for South to America.

Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, won the National Book Award in the nonfiction category. She was honored...

Princeton University Enhances Its Financial Aid Programs for Middle-Income Families

Under the new plan, most families earning up to $100,000 a year will pay nothing, and many families with income above $100,000 will receive additional aid, including those at higher income levels with multiple children in college. The university estimates that one-quarter of all students will attend Princeton for free, including room and board.

In Memoriam: Leroy Morgan Jr., 1969-2022

Leroy Morgan Jr. served as chief of police at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, from 2014 to the time of his death.

Gerald Simon of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Was Named Optometrist of the...

Gerald Simon, the associate dean for student affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, has been named 2022 Optometrist of the Year by the National Optometric Association. He was nominated for this award for his efforts to increase minority enrollment at the UAB School of Optometry.

A Check-Up on the Progress of African American Faculty in Pediatric Medicine

African American men made up 1.3 percent of all pediatric faculty in 2000 but only 1.04 percent in 2020. In contrast, Black women were 2 percent of all pediatric faculty in 2000 and 3.4 percent of all pediatric faculty in 2020. So Blacks were 4.4 percent of all pediatric faculty in 2020, about one third of the rate that would exist if parity existed with the overall Black population.

Princeton’s Neuroscientist Bradley Dickerson Wins a McKnight Scholar Award

Dr.Dickerson's research investigates how the fruit fly uses feedback from its wings and specialized organs to both maintain stable flight and rapidly maneuver when navigating through complex environments, and how this process plays out at neural and whole-body scales.

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar Wins the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, the Lawton and Nancy Smith Fichter Professor in the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University, has been awarded the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize — one of the most prestigious awards in the American arts. Professor Zollar, a MacArthur Fellow, will receive a cash award of approximately $250,000.

University of Wisconsin Scholar Confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Commerce

Michael C. Morgan is taking a leave from his faculty position to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction. In that capacity, he will serve as deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Cuyahoga Community College Appoints Michael Baston as Its Fifth President

Since 2017, Dr. Baston has been serving as president of Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York. He began his career as an attorney representing various educational institutions and social justice organizations. His work with academic clients led him to pursue a second career in academia.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Makes a Huge Commitment to Diversify Scientific Research

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest private funder of biomedical research in the nation, has launched the $1.5 billion Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program. HHMI expects to hire and support up to 150 early-career faculty over the next 20 years to help build a more diverse scientific workforce.

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.

Racist Incidents Occur on the Campus of Ohio University in Athens

In one incident, a trash bag was left outside a resident doorway with a sign that included racial slurs. Also, a student athlete urinated on the dormitory room door of a Black student damaging some of the contents of the room.

Elizabeth City State University Introduces an Aviation Workforce Development Program

The Aviation Workforce Development Program at historically Black Elizabeth Cty State University in North Carolina will educate 80 high school students about the wide variety of career opportunities in the aviation industry with the goal to recruit students into the university's aviation program.

In Memoriam: Reneé Patricia Collins, 1950-2022

While working for Western Washington University Dr. Collins earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies at the age of 47. She went on to earn a master's degree in adult education at Western Washington University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University.

California Higher Education Gets A Budget Increase in Exchange for Agreement on Equity Goals

The governor and the state's systems of higher education have developed multi-year compacts and a roadmap that will provide sustained state investments in exchange for clear commitments from each segment to expand student access, equity, and affordability.

How School Choice Contributes to Persistent Racial Segregation

A new study by Chantal Hailey, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, finds that White, Asian and Latino parents in New York City all express strong racial/ethnic preferences in where to send their kids to high school.

In Memoriam: Carol Lani Guinier, 1950-2022

Lani Guinier was the first woman of color to be a tenured professor at Harvard Law School. Earlier, she taught for 10 years at the law school of the University of Pennsylvania.

In Memoriam: Richard A. Williams, 1946-2021

Williams held administrative posts at Bloomfield College in New Jersey and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth before joining the staff at Rowan University in 1984. He remained on the staff at the university until 2008.

Analysis of Consumer Reviews Uncovers Racism in Acute-Care Hospitals

An analysis of 90,786 online consumer reviews of U.S. acute-care hospitals published on Yelp, found that consumers experienced racism from a variety of actors, ranging from clinical staff, such as physicians and nurses, to other critical hospital personnel such as security officers and reception staff.

In Memoriam: Timuel Dixon Black Jr., 1918-2021

Timuel Black, a noted American historian, educator, and civil rights activist, died on October 13 at his home in Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. He was 102 years old.

In Memoriam: Valree Fletcher Wynn, 1922-2021

Dr. Wynn was the first Black woman to earn a master's degree in English and the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in English at Oklahoma State University. In 1965, she became the first Black faculty member at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville to Add Three New Degree Programs

Fisk University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, Tennessee, has announced that it will add a bachelor's degree program in kinesiology, a bachelor of social work program, and a master's degree program in executive leadership. The new programs will enroll students for the fall 2022 semester.

Syracuse University Enters Partnership With HBCU Athletic Conference

Syracuse University in New York and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced they have signed an agreement, creating an alliance designed to connect institutions, student-athletes, staff, and alumni. In addition to athletic competition, the agreement calls for internships, visiting professorships, conferences, and joint seminars.

Salem College Develops Walking Tour on the History of Enslaved People on Campus

In conjunction with the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Salem Academy and College, the Anna Maria Samuel Project: Race, Remembrance, and Reconciliation is holding two events focusing on the history of the college’s relationship with slavery and the work of both enslaved and free African Americans in the history of the institution.

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.

Federal Reserve Bank Study Shows Black Businesses Suffered the Most in the Early Pandemic

A new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York finds that predominately Black communities have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of health outcomes and economic vitality. The report finds that mortality rates in Black communities were higher but so were job losses and business closures.

Three African American Scholars Who Have Retired from High-Level University Positions

Retiring after long careers in higher education are Martha Lue Stewart, at the University of Central Florida, Rahim Reed at the University of California, Davis, and Roland Smith at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

In Memoriam: Julia A. Miller, 1928-2021

In 1970 Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, established the Black Studies Center. Dr. Miller was the founding associate director. Within two years she became the director. She served in that role until 1984.

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