African American Children’s Literacy Research Center Established at Georgia State University

At Georgia State, one of four such research hubs on learning disabilities nationwide, the center will focus on African American students in the first through fifth grades.

Only 9 Percent of Black Male High School Graduates in New York City Are...

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Expanded Success Initiative is investing $250,000 over 30 months in 40 different New York City high schools in an effort to address the poor academic performance of Black and Latino males.

Texas Consortium Looks to Boost Educational Opportunities for Minority Men

The University of Texas at Austin has launched the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, a new statewide network of public school districts, community colleges, and four-year public universities.

New Center on Urban Education Research

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has established the Urban Education Research Center to conduct research and analysis aimed at improving the lives of urban residents throughout the U.S.

Clemson University and Usher’s New Look Foundation Work to Reduce Dropout Rates

The partnership will develop high school courses on popular culture that will prepare students for careers in the music industry and increase interest in education so they will complete high school.

Educating the African American Male for the 21st Century

It is crucial that all educational stakeholders and policy makers collaborate creatively, as well as, become educational allies to ensure that the African American male student is successful in completing his postsecondary education.

Ole Miss to Open the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement

When the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement opens on campus this fall, it will provide programs and services that encourage cross-cultural interactions while serving as a "safe space" that is welcoming and nurturing to all students.

Princeton University Aims to Make the Campus More Welcoming to Low-Income Students

A working group on undergraduate socioeconomic diversity has issued a broad set of recommendations designed to improve academic achievement and create a more inclusive and supportive campus climate for the benefit of all undergraduates.

Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade Funds Literacy Program at Marquette University

Dwayne Wade, who played his college basketball at Marquette, has pledged to donate $195,000 over three years through his Wade's World Foundation to support a program to reduce the racial literacy gap among inner-city children.

Minority Male Community College Collaborative to Expand Nationwide

Since 2011, The Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) has partnered with over 45 community colleges in eight states. Now the organization plans to expand the effort to community colleges throughout the nation.

RISE (Research, Integration, Strategy and Evaluation) for Boys and Men of Color

A new organization has been established aimed at increasing the life chances of boys and men of color in four key areas: education, health, criminal justice, and economic opportunity.

Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.

Nonprofit Starting Text-Message Counseling Service for College Students of Color

Stephen C. Rose, a graduate of Harvard University, committed suicide at the age of 29. Now his family and friends have established a nonprofit organization for programs to provide mental health services for college students of color. The latest effort is a new text-messaging counseling service, scheduled to debut this coming winter.

University of Houston Launches New Institute to Combat Racial Health Disparities

The University of Houston has announced the establishment of a new research institute entitled Helping Everyone Achieve a Life-Time of Health (HEALTH). The mission of the new institute is to lessen health disparities for marginalized or underserved populations.

A Video Game Intervention Can Improve Sexual Health Knowledge Among Black Youth

A video game developed by researchers at Yale University has proven to be an effective tool to improve health knowledge and reduce risky sexual behavior among Blacks and teenagers from other racial and ethnic groups.

Clemson University Students Encouraging Reading at Black Barbershops

The Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program at Clemson University in South Carolina is now sending students to local barbershops each week to inform children — and their parents — on the importance of reading early and often.

Survey Examines the Educational Aspirations of Black Students From Low-Income Families

The United Negro College Fund survey found that 89 percent of respondents strongly agreed with the statement that education beyond high school was important for African American youth from low-income families.

Haverford College Students Serve as Mentors to Young Boys of Color in the Local...

The educational initiative SURGE (Sons Uniting, Realizing Goals of Excellence) pairs up young African American boys in the surrounding community with men of color at Haverford College.

Virginia Tech Launches New Initiative to Bring a More Diverse Group of Students to...

Virginia Tech has launched a new initiative, the Calhoun Discovery Program, that works with Virginia communities that typically graduate a lower number of college-bound high school students.

The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Exhibits Artwork of Black Youth

The "See Me Because" project offer youths from underrepresented groups the opportunity to portray the complex narratives about their identities, asking the world to see them for how they choose to be seen.

Illinois Schools Collaborate to Launch STEM Tech Camp for Teens From Underrepresented Groups

Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the Illinois Institute of Technology have partnered with the Oakland-based Kapor Center to launch the Illinois SMASH Academy, a 5-week, all-expenses paid STEM summer camp for high school students from underrepresented groups.

Columbia University’s Program to Introduce Young Women of Color to the Music Industry

The program brings young women of color from public high schools in Manhattan and the Bronx to the Columbia University campus for workshops on recording and producing their own music.

University of Kentucky to Remove a Mural That Is Offensive to Many Black Students

During the Great Depression, Ann Rice O’Hanlon painted a 38 feet wide, 11 feet tall mural on Kentucky history in Memorial Hall. The mural depicts enslaved African Americas hunched in a field, Black musicians playing for White dancers, and a Native American threatening a White settler with a tomahawk.

UMass’ World Librarians Project Brings Educational Resources to African Countries

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst World Librarians Project works with 20 schools and libraries in Malawi, providing them with portable servers and WiFi hotspot devices loaded with open-access educational resources that can be used by students and teachers in solar-powered computer labs.

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