Campus News

Why Investing in HBCUs Is the Smart (and Right) Thing to Do

By Kelsea Johnson Last year was filled with organizations—from multinational corporations to small businesses—making Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) commitments after growing calls for racial justice focused not just on our systems of government, but our socioeconomic systems as well. In a moment of introspection, IYF was among the organizations that realized it had some work to do to create a more equitable office environment. After surveying staff, IYF’s DEI Council developed the #4toSoar platform—four areas of focus where IYF is making intentional efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion internally. One key aspect of #4toSoar is diversifying IYF’s talent pipeline at all levels, from interns to full-time staff, in part

Norfolk State’s SPICA Holds First Annual Soiree

Courtesy of Norfolk State University Student Pathways and Academic Formation hosted its first annual Student Pathways Industry Collaborations and Alliances (SPICA) soiree, “A SPICA Soiree: The Art of Professional Networking & Dining”. During the event, Norfolk State students interacted with industry representatives and NSU faculty and staff to discuss work-based expectations and strategies for a smooth transition from the classroom to the workforce. The goals of the professional networking soiree were to encourage students to participate in networking activities, practice effective communication skills, and learn about various industries and careers from professionals. The professional networking soiree provided a platform where students displayed the

CultureCon at Clark Atlanta Shines Light on HBCU Education and Community

Courtesy of Clark Atlanta University Against a backdrop of vibrant greens and blues, hundreds of HBCU students clad in cropped denims, bolded letterman jackets, and trendy telfars flooded Clark Atlanta University’s campus for the inaugural CultureCon on Campus student conference. The student-centered event is under the umbrella of CultureCon, a conference that fosters community and connection for Black creatives and entrepreneurs in the film television and media industry. Dana Ward, a junior fashion major at Clark, said she found out about CultureCon on Campus on Instagram, and she immediately signed up to attend the free event to take advantage of the rare

University Museum and Cultural Center Launches New Collections and Archive Search Portal

Courtesy of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) announced the launch of its University Museum and Cultural Center‘s (Museum) collections and archive search portal. The portal will serve as a valuable resource for students, faculty, researchers, and the general public to explore the rich history and cultural heritage of Pine Bluff and the surrounding area. “UAPB and the Museum serve a vast audience worldwide, and hosting this online portal is the first of its kind for us,” Museum Director Stephanie Sims said. “This research portal will allow alums, students, and UAPB supporters

Fisk University’s Morgan Price Secures Historic Win, Becoming First HBCU Gymnast to Win National Collegiate Title

By Dantee Ramos Morgan Price, a standout gymnast at Fisk University, has become the first from an HBCU to win a national collegiate gymnastics championship. In an interview with CBS Mornings, Price revealed that she scored 39.225 in her all-around competition. Although she had been offered a full scholarship at the University of Arkansas, her heritage pulled her to Fisk, especially in light of the opportunity to inspire future generations. “I just feel like it’s an honor and kind of just living out my legacy, and being able to show my talents and do it at an HBCU is just so honoring

Morehead State University Launching Master of Social Work Degree in Fall 2025

By Evan Castillo Morehead State University (MSU) in Kentucky announced a new master of social work degree to fill a community need for more social workers. MSU received a $310,000 grant from the Kentucky Association of Health Plans (KAHP) on April 11 to launch its first master of social work program starting in fall 2025 if approval goes to plan. The programs will offer specializations in two of Kentucky’s biggest priorities for social work — behavioral health and harmful substance use. The eastern region of Kentucky has a high demand for these services but does not have enough advanced degree social workers to meet the demand.

FAMU Kicks Off STEM Week Activities

By Andrew Skerritt Florida A&M University (FAMU) pioneering alumna Dr. Tamia Potter, will be the keynote speaker for STEM Day activities on Saturday, April l3, designed to promote science, technology, engineering, and math among kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school students. A year ago, Potter made history by becoming the first African American female to join the neurosurgery residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee. Potter was raised in Tallahassee and Wakulla County by her mother, who is a nurse, and father, who served more than 30 years in the Army National Guard. As a student

Dr. Yolanda W. Page to be Invested as the Eighth President of Stillman College

Courtesy of Stillman College Stillman College is pleased to announce the investiture of Dr. Yolanda W. Page as its eighth president. The investiture ceremony will take place on Friday, April 12, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. in the Birthright Auditorium on the college campus. Dr. Page assumed the presidency on July 1, 2023. The investiture week, scheduled from Sunday, April 7, to Friday, April 12, 2024, will feature a series of events celebrating Stillman’s Legacy. The week will begin with a morning worship service at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, followed by a community brunch at the Stillman CafĂ© (Hay Center) on Sunday,

Amazon Awards 52 Hampton University School of Business Students with Scholarships

Courtesy of Hampton University In a significant initiative to foster educational opportunities and prepare students for the digital age, Amazon has awarded 52 scholarships totaling $100,000 to students of the Hampton University School of Business. This collaboration signifies Amazon’s commitment to nurturing young talent and promoting digital literacy among the next generation of business leaders. The partnership between Amazon and the Hampton University Department of Marketing aims to equip students with the necessary skills to thrive in the rapidly evolving digital landscape. As part of this endeavor, students continue to participate in Amazon’s digital certification course, providing them with invaluable

Knight Science Journalism Program launches HBCU Science Journalism Fellowship

The Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT has announced a new fellowship program that will provide students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) with training, mentorship, and early-career support to report on science, health, and environmental issues. The fellowship’s inaugural cohort will consist of 10 highly accomplished journalism students representing Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Morgan State University, and North Carolina A&T State University. The HBCU Science Journalism Fellowship will launch this June with a week-long science journalism summer camp at MIT, where fellows will learn from award-winning science journalists, meet editors from leading science publications, and develop their skills

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