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HBCU students find positive way to navigate violent era of prejudice

Stanford University has discovered that there is a direct connection between hate crimes and HBCU student enrollment. A report published by the Stanford University Center for Education Policy Analysis found that as hate crimes rise, so does first time enrollment at HBCUs. The study provides substantial evidence that Black students have a desire to escape racial tension in their communities by attending institutions where they can thrive in a safe environment. “HBCUs have worked really hard to make sure that Black students feel welcome and centered,” said Dominique Baker, co-author of the Stanford study, according to Inside Higher Ed. “It is rare

Bethune-Cookman University takes part in HBCU C2 initiative


Bethune-Cookman University (BC-U) is excited to announce its ongoing participation in Tennessee State University’s HBCU C2 initiative. Funded by Apple Computer and an extension of its Community Education Initiative, HBCU C2 provides B-CU with the technology and training that makes coding more easily accessible to students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.  As part of the initiative, Apple has provided B-CU with $90,00 worth of Apple products, including Macbooks, iPads, Apple TVs, Pens and access to the Apple Software Ecosystem. The initiative is being spearheaded by Dr. Dennis Pires, Interim dean for the College Of Business and Entrepreneurship, along with

Claflin University student Keighla Pope wins award for documentary

Claflin University junior and mass communications student Keighla Pope has been selected as the winner of the Preserving Our Places in History Award from the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission. Pope’s documentary, “The Lowcountry’s Battle with COVID-19,” won in the Student Award category.  The Commission presented the award to Pope March 20 at the State Capital, and the videotaped presentation will be available to view in April.  Pope was nominated by Dr. Arlecia Simmons, assistant professor of mass communications at Claflin University.  “My desire to nominate Keighla was because of her interest in the Coronavirus’s impact on a faith

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

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