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A new study by scholars at the University of California, Davis finds that early adolescents’ grades were higher when they socialized with peers from other ethnicities. Researchers examined the lunch companions of 800 sixth grade students in three states and examined differences in their grades.
Professor Hughes has been a member of the faculty at the law school since 1992. He also has been serving as associate dean for academic affairs. Earlier, he was a partner in the Atlanta law firm Trotter, Smith & Jacobs, where he practiced commercial real estate law.
A new study finds that many White college students continue to harbor racists beliefs. These beliefs lead many White students to communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults in the form of microaggressions.
One year ago, the board of trustees named Larry Robinson as interim president of Florida A&M University. He had served in that role twice before from July 2012 to April 2014 and in 2007. Now the board of trustees has extended his contract as interim president for another year through September 2018.
The median income of Black households in the United States in 2016 was $39,490. For non-Hispanic White households in 2016, the median income figure was $65,041. Despite a small improvement this year, the racial gap in median income has remained virtually unchanged for nearly a half century.
DeRionne Pollard is president of Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. She is being honored for an ambitious strategic plan, which focused on student retention and completion. She will receive a $500,000 award to support her academic initiatives.
Harvard University recently dedicated a plaque in the Harvard Law School plaza to honor the slaves who created the wealth which enabled Isaac Royall Jr. to provide funds for the establishment of the law school in 1817. The Royall family generated wealth from the slave trade and the operation of a sugar plantation in Antigua.
Fallou Ngom, associate professor of anthropology, was named director of Boston University’s African Studies Center. The center was established in 1953. More than 90 Boston University faculty members are affiliated with the center.
Johnnetta B. Cole, president emerita of Spelman College in Atlanta and president emerita of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, has been named a senior consulting fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Natasha Trethewey, the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has been selected to receive the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities. The award comes with an unrestricted $250,000 prize. She will be honored in Pittsburgh on October 18.
Taking on new administrative duties are Isaac Moore at Winston-Salem State University, Keith Champagne at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shondella Reed at the University of California, Davis, and Allen Malone at Alabama A&M University.
As was the case last year, Spelman College in Atlanta was ranked as the nation’s best HBCU. Howard University in Washington, D.C. was ranked second. Both HBCUs made impressive gains in the overall rankings of national universities and colleges.
Medgar Evers College, a campus of the City University of New York, has announced the establishment of the School of Education. The college enrolls about 6,800 students. African Americans make up more than three quarters of the student body. Dr. Sheilah M. Paul was named founding dean.
Alcorn State University in Mississippi reports that the first-year class is the largest in university history. There are 740 entering students this year, an increase of 38 percent from a year ago. Several other HBCUs have also reported impressive gains.
Taking on new duties are Getiria Onsongo at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Samir Bandaogo at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, Yvette Murphy-Erby at the University of Arkansas, and Ann-Margaret Esnard at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
The Research Institute for Scholars in Education (RISE) training program will provide students with research mentoring on language and literacy topics from University of Maryland faculty and academic mentoring from Bowie State University faculty.
After teaching briefly at Tuskegee University in Alabama, Dr. Hornsby joined the faculty at Morehouse College and served as chair of the history department for 30 years. After nearly 40 years on the Morehouse College faculty, Dr. Hornsby retired in 2010.
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