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JBHE Weekly Bulletin for 3-24-16

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JBHE Weekly Bulletin
March 24, 2016


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.


Camille A. Nelson Named Dean of the Law School at American University

Professor Nelson was dean of the Suffolk University Law School in Boston from 2010 to 2015. Earlier, she taught at the law school of Saint Louis University. A native of Jamaica, Professor Nelson was the first Black woman to clerk for Canada’s highest court.

At All Levels of Wealth, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Spend Time in Jail

As expected, wealthier people of all races were less likely to be incarcerated than members of their racial group with lower levels of wealth. But at all levels of wealth, Blacks were more likely than Whites to spend time in jail.

New $48 Million Scholarship Program for African Americans in STEM Fields

The Fund II Foundation of Austin, Texas, led by Robert F. Smith, founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, has teamed up with the United Negro College Fund to establish a $48 million scholarship program for African Americans in STEM fields.

Academic Study Finds Racial Differences in Smoking Behavior

African American are less likely than Whites to begin smoking in their teen years when most people who smoke start their habits. But, Blacks are less likely than Whites to quit smoking once they get older.


Historically Black Delaware State University to “Deactivate” 23 Academic Programs

More than one quarter of all academic programs at the university will be cut. The programs that will be eliminated have low enrollments and the university plans to place more emphasis on academic programs that will attract larger numbers of students.

UCLA Study Finds Huge Racial Wealth Gap in Los Angeles

The report finds that the typical African American household in Los Angeles has on average only about 1 percent of the average wealth of non-Hispanic White households. Many Asian American groups had an even higher average net worth than White households.

Historian Seeks Information on the First Black Applicant to the College of William and Mary

In 1807, John Wallace De Rozaro, a 20-year-old African American man, sought to take classes at the college. He was born free in Virginia and worked as a gunsmith. The president of the college urged him to work in a local armory instead of pursuing higher education.

Brown University Renovates the Home of African American Artist Edward Mitchell Bannister

The home at 93 Benevolent Street, originally built in 1854 near the Brown University campus, was purchased by the university in 1989. At the time, the house was in disrepair. Now the renovated home will be sold to a member of the Brown University community.


The Inaugural Director of the Center on Race, Law, and Justice at Fordham University

Robin A. Lenhardt has taught at the Fordham University School of Law in New York City since 2004. The new center will be a platform for cutting-edge interdisciplinary scholarship on race, structural inequality, and racial justice.

New Consortium Seeks to Boost College Graduation Rates of Minority Students

The Optimizing Academic Success and Institutional Strategy (OASIS) initiative will bring its 11 member institutions together to examine best practices for enhancing student success in areas such as student advising and counseling, as well as developmental coursework.

Linda Scott Is a Finalist for Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Linda Scott is the associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Nursing of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also serves as an associate professor of health systems science and director of graduate studies.

A New Anthology of the Writings of Former Slave Randolph

Katherine Bassard, a professor of English and senior vice provost for faculty affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, is the editor of a new book on the writings of a former slave who became a leading abolitionist and religious figure.


Harvard Law School Seeks to Distance Itself From a Legacy Tied to Slavery

The current seal is modeled after the family crest of Isaac Royall, the son of an Antiguan slave owner. Funds from Royall’s estate were used to established Harvard Law School.

New Partnership Seeks to Increase Study Abroad Opportunities for HBCU Students

African Americans are about 13 percent of all undergraduate students but only 5.6 percent of the students who study abroad. A new partnership aims to increase study abroad opportunities for students at all minority serving educational institutions.

New Faculty Posts for Two African American Women Scholars

Kemberly Washington was named to the Eben Hardie Jr. Finance Endowed Professorship at Dillard University in New Orleans and Pearl K. Ford Dowe was named scholar-in-residence at the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University.

Albany State Students Protest the Adoption of the University’s New Mission Statement

Students, dressed all in black, stood up and walked out of an Honors Day award ceremony. They objected to the fact that there was no mention of Albany State’s status as a historically Black university in the new mission statement.

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Distinguished Honors for Two African American Scholars

The honorees are Adriel A. Hilton, executive assistant and chief of staff for the president of Grambling State University in Louisiana and Otelia Cromwell, the first African American to graduate from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Tuskegee University Looks to Boost African Americans’ Participation in Clinical Trials

The partnership with Eli Lilly and Company will include applied research, education, and community engagement programs. The ultimate goal of the project is to reestablish trust between the African American community and the medical research establishment.


New University Administrative Posts for Five African Americans

Taking on new administrative duties are Valerie I. Harrison at Temple University, David M. Grubb at Dillard University, Margo Foremen at Iowa State University, Adrienne J. McNeil-Washington at Lehigh University, and Yvette Barker at Texas Southern University.

 

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