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University of the District of Columbia to Award Honorary Doctorate to MSNBC President Rashida Jones

Courtesy of the University of the District of Columbia The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is pleased to announce that MSNBC President Rashida Jones, this year’s commencement speaker, will be awarded an honorary doctorate during the upcoming commencement ceremony. As the president of MSNBC and the first Black woman to head a major news network, Jones is responsible for oversight of all programming, editorial units, business development and technical operations of the network. Under her leadership, MSNBC has solidified its position as the top destination for breaking news, expert reporting and analysis. “We are honored to recognize Rashida Jones for her

Florida HBCU backs away from dubious $237M donation

By Andrew Atterbury Florida A&M University is putting an announced $237 million donation from a Texas hemp farming executive “on hold,” as the media and school leaders raise questions about the value and source of the gift. President Larry Robinson announced the decision at an emergency meeting Thursday of FAMU’s fundraising foundation. Board members expressed grave reservations about the donation, which drew national attention as one of the largest ever for one of the country’s historically Black colleges and universities. The gift, which according to an agreement released by the school came in the form of millions of shares of stock,

Center for Journalism & Democracy Awards Nearly $200,000 to 10 HBCU Student Newsrooms

By Sholnn Z. Freeman The Center for Journalism & Democracy at Howard University will award nearly $200,000 to 10 student newsrooms at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through its inaugural Newsroom Innovation Challenge. The awards are designed to improve newsroom technology, business operations, audience engagement and reporting at campus newsrooms. The unique program advances the Center’s mission to help prepare HBCU students to become investigative journalists who will hold power accountable and strengthen U.S. democracy. “HBCU student newsrooms brim with talent, but often lack the resources needed to give students access to the cutting-edge technology and operational support that so many of their peers

Diversity Gains at Selective Colleges Modest, Study Finds

By  Mark J. Drozdowski Following last summer’s Supreme Court decision banning race-conscious admissions, many pundits feared colleges, especially selective institutions, would lose momentum toward achieving racial equity. It turns out there wasn’t much momentum to begin with. That’s the conclusion of a new study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce titled “Progress Interrupted.” Does the rhetoric around diversity among elite colleges far exceed reality? ‘Marginal’ Diversity Gains Among Selective Colleges The Georgetown study evaluated college enrollments among selective, moderately selective, and open-access institutions between 2009 and 2019, the decade before the pandemic hit and turned higher education sideways.

Senator Ben Cardin Moderates Field Hearing on Entrepreneurs

Written By Bowie State University Newsroom Entrepreneurs had the opportunity to speak directly with Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen about the impact of racial discrimination and attacks on the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) program and the Minority Business Development Agency on their businesses during the hearing of the U.S. Senate  Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Field Hearing at Bowie State on Monday.  The hearing focused on the need for targeted federal business programs to address ongoing racial discrimination faced by many small businesses.   “Racial discrimination has plagued our nation since its inception,” said Cardin. “Unfortunately, we have

Clark Atlanta University Receives Record-Breaking Number of Applicants 46,414 for Class of 2028

Courtesy of Clark Atlanta University Clark Atlanta University is among the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) of “choice” according to data revealing the institution’s record-breaking number of applicants.   According to CAU’s office of undergraduate enrollment, this year the University has received more than 46,000 applications for the incoming Freshman Class of 2028, a 6% increase from last year and an 18% increase since 2022 directly after COVID.  Dr. Cherise Peters, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Retention at Clark Atlanta University, said “The future continues to be bright for Clark Atlanta University.  There is no lack of students wanting

Coppin State University Center Announce Strategic Partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

Courtesy of Coppin State University Coppin State Career and Professional Services and Eagle Achievement Center announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “The agreement between Coppin and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT within the Department of Health and Human Services allows even closer engagement opportunities through the Pathways to Public Service program,” said James Stewart, Associate VP for Student Development and Achievement at Coppin State University. “This program aligns with Coppin’s strong

Corporations and Federal Agency Visit Bowie State for Career Panel

Written By Bowie State University Representatives from Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and the Securities and Exchange Commission visited Bowie State University last Friday to share career advice with students that will help them secure permanent positions in the banking, finance and investment industries.  “I was very encouraged by the amount of students that had a tech background,” said Hannah McKenzie, a campus coordinator for Morgan Stanley, who looks forward to returning to Bowie State on May 8 to conduct interview prep sessions with students. “That was something that really stood out to me. I enjoyed hearing that from students

Spelman College Wins Goldman Sachs’ Investment Competition & Receives $1 Million Grant

By Quintessa Williams Several students from Spelman College have helped their institution win a significant monetary prize through their dedication to enhancing their financial literacy. The fourth annual Market Madness competition, organized by Goldman Sachs, concluded after a semester-long in-depth introduction to critical financial concepts and their practical applications for HBCU students. Spelman won the competition for the third consecutive year, securing a $1 million grant. The program’s objective is to educate students on topics such as investment in the capital markets, business development, and other areas that many Americans wish they had more exposure to at an earlier stage. Per recent CivicScience data, 1-in-10 U.S. adults

Notable Speakers Take Center Stage At HBCU Commencements

By Ashlei Stevens This year, several historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have notable names gracing their stages to offer words of uplift and inspiration to the resilient undergraduate class of 2024. “The Class of 2024 is one that persevered through their academic journey like no other class in recent history, ending high school with canceled proms and graduation ceremonies, and entering college in isolation because of the pandemic,” Howard University President Ben Vinson III, Ph.D. said in a statement, acknowledging the university will host its ceremony for 2,500 graduates at Capitol One Arena in Washington, D.C., which is home