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Hampton University alumna Rashida Jones to give commencement address

Hampton University President William R. Harvey announced that alumna Rashida Jones, President of MSNBC, will serve as the University’s 150th and 151st Commencement speaker on May 9. “Ms. Rashida Jones and her professional success are an example of what Hampton University founder Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong envisioned when he founded this institution to educate recently freed slaves 153 years ago,” Harvey said. “His dream was to prepare the best and the brightest to lead our great nation and make a positive impact on the world at large.” A Hampton University Scripps Howard School Hall of Fame inductee, Jones graduated from

Bowie State University Army ROTC wins MacArthur Award

Bowie State University (BSU) has been awarded the MacArthur Award, which recognizes the program as one of the best in the nation. A first for BSU, the university’s ROTC program was selected by the U.S. Army Cadet Command out of 37 other schools in the 4th Brigade, including ROTC programs in West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  “This award is a testament to the years of hard work and cooperation between the cadets, ROTC staff and the university to elevate the BSU ROTC program from a small, developing program into one of the best in the

Hampton University student Jamaija Rhoades wins Pulitzer Center Fellowship

Hampton University student Jamaija Rhoades was recently awarded the Pulitzer Center Fellowship. She will be partnering with journalism experts to examine racism within the school system in Richmond, Virginia. Rhoades will be advised and mentored by Pulitzer Center staff and editors throughout the process. Upon completing her final project, it will be featured on both the center’s website as well as the website for the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. “We are incredibly proud of Ms. Jamaija Rhoades for winning this distinguished fellowship,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “Her proposal to report on racism in

Fisk celebrates first ‘HBCU Day’

March 21 marked the first celebration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Day in the city of Nashville, TN.  This inaugural day included students, administration, staff and alumni celebrating HBCUs. One of the goals of HBCU Day was to provide an opportunity to promote awareness for HBCUs and their need for adequate funding. HBCU Day highlighted the contributions made by the four Nashville HBCUs- Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Meharry College and the American Baptist College, as well as the contributions they will continue to make in the future. Fisk SGA President Andreas Nelson opened the ceremony with a

Howard University collaborates with Clinton Global Initiative University

Howard University has partnered with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU), providing students with a year-round program that will support them as they develop into impactful social entrepreneurs and leaders. Fifty students from Howard University have been selected for the 2021 cohort of the CGIU. “At Howard University, we train students to shift the focus from their major to their mission because it is much more important that they discover their purpose in life,” said President Wayne A. I. Frederick. “The Clinton Global Initiative University perfectly aligns with that vision and our motto of ‘truth and service.’ I look forward

Delaware State University announces new doctoral program


Delaware State University has recently announced a new doctoral program it will offer in the field of Integrative Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. The new program aims to develop researchers and teachers so that they will be capable of conducting scholarly, independent research, acquire multidisciplinary skills and become efficient decision makers. The goal is that program participants will be able to contribute original and novel information to various bodies of scientific knowledge in the areas of agriculture, food and environmental science. A multidisciplinary team of faculty in various departments of the College of Agriculture, Sciences and Technology (CAST) will provide

HBCUs plan for 2021 commencement ceremonies

With increased vaccinations, mutating variants and shutdown fatigue creating a Covid-19 limbo, HBCUs are reacting in a variety of ways in preparing this spring’s graduations. Howard University president Wayne A. I. Frederick’s letter regarding the May 5-8 celebration sees a fluid approach. As of now they’re planning an in-person ceremony for both the 2020 and 2021 graduates, but not if Covid-19 risks escalate. “If we cannot receive approval or further guidance from D.C. government, or if local conditions deteriorate to the point that we do not believe in-person exercises can be held safely, then we will commit to a 100

Meharry receives $1.1 million grant to trace spread of Covid-19


Meharry Medical College recently announced it received a $1.1 million grant from the Truist Foundation. This grant will help develop a national model for Covid-19 contact tracing. The goal is to help limit the spread of the virus, particularly among minority populations who have been most impacted by Covid-19. The project aims to trace the spread of the virus through social media and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping as a way to identify hotspots throughout the nation. This work will be in conjunction with local health departments and their efforts to combat Covid-19. “My team and I are delighted to

Howard University launches Colombian initiative to strengthen African Diaspora ties

HBCUs are increasing outreach to other countries of the African Diaspora. On March 26th, Howard University launched HU/COL Avanza with the country of Colombia. Five years in the making, this will be a reciprocal effort to form networks and boost both HBCU and Colombian students economically and culturally. “In 2018, I traveled to Colombia to gain a better understanding of the education and community landscape, and was impressed by the students and peoples I met,” said Howard University president Wayne A.I. Frederick. “The HU/COL Avanza initiative will seek to create opportunities in an interdisciplinary way. Howard will be working with

Phylicia Rashād on the legacy of the AKAs highlighted in the ‘Twenty Pearls’ documentary


By Lisa Respers France Phylicia Rashād pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority at Howard University in Washington, DC in 1968, yet it took narrating a new documentary about the organization before she learned some of its earliest history. “When you pledge a fraternity or a sorority, you learn the names of the founders and the year in which it was founded,” she told CNN. “But the detailed history that’s in this documentary, we did not learn that as pledgees.” “Twenty Pearls” tells the story of the first Black sorority, which was founded in 1908 by nine women enrolled at Howard University.

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