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Florida HBCU Students Sue State for Alleged Discriminatory Underfunding

Students at Florida A&M University (FAMU) filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the state for allegedly underfunding the public, historically Black institution for decades....

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Contend with Disproportionate Impact of Abortion...

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, social justice advocates have called attention to the fact that Black...

Howard University Evacuated for Two Bomb Threats in First Week of...

During the first week of the fall semester, students at Howard University were forced to evacuate twice because of two bomb threats targeted at...

Student Freedom Initiative Partners with More MSIs, Increases Support for Hispanic,...

On Tuesday, the Student Freedom Initiative announced a new cohort of 14 Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) that will participate in its program to provide income-contingent financial...

Southern University Law Center Receives Grant to Support Trauma Recovery From...

Southern University Law Center (SULC) announced Monday it has received a federal grant to support trauma recovery for students, faculty, and staff that were...

Education Department Creates New Fund to Help Underrepresented Students Reach Graduation

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education announced the creation of the new College Completion Fund for Postsecondary Student Success. The fund provides $5...

National Parks Service Awards Nearly $10 Million to Help HBCUs Preserve...

The National Parks Service (NPS) recently announced it is providing $9.7 million in grants to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in nine states...

Virginia Lawmakers Divert Funds for Undocumented Students to State HBCUs

This week, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) signed a two-year budget that includes a measure to redirect $10 million to five historically Black colleges...

United Negro College Fund, Steve Fund Partner to Advance Mental Health...

This week, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and The Steve Fund, a nonprofit organization that promotes mental well-being among young people of color,...

NFL to Increase Diversity in Sports Medicine with New HBCU Medical...

This week, the NFL announced a new partnership with the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainer Society to increase diversity...

Designer Ralph Lauren Debuts Ode to HBCU Fashion in Controversial New...

Famed fashion designer Ralph Lauren recently collaborated with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to unveil his brand’s latest wardrobe collection that pays homage...

HBCU Medical School Coalition Focuses on Racial Disparities in Organ Transplants

A coalition of medical schools at four historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), along with several prominent health organizations, recently launched an initiative to...

Department of Defense Strengthens Research Partnerships with HBCUs, MSIs

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has announced that it is working to expand existing and create new research partnerships with historically Black colleges...

Virginia Governor Proposes Emergency Funding for HBCUs Amid Rising Bomb Threats

This week, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) plans to ask the state's General Assembly for emergency aid toward campus safety to help combat the...

HBCUs Receive Bomb Threats on First Day of Black History Month

Bomb threats were made to more than a dozen historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) on Tuesday, the first day of Black History Month. At...

New Budget Proposal from Virginia Governor Allocates More Funding to State...

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) recently announced a two-year budget proposal that will provide record-setting funding to the state’s historically Black colleges and universities...

Esports at HBCUs Promote Diversity in a Thriving Industry

Esports, once considered a niche form of entertainment for video game enthusiasts, has quickly become one of the most popular sports in the world....

Historically Black Medical Schools Receive Donations for Vaccine Outreach

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced on April 13 that it plans to donate a total of $6 million to four historically Black medical schools in support...

HBCUs Receive $1.6 Billion in Capital Finance Debt Relief

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education announced it will relieve 45 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) from roughly $1.6 billion in capital...

TV Personality Terrence J Launches Initiative to Bring Healthier Food to...

TV host, actor, and film producer Terrence Jenkins — widely known as Terrence J — announced a new initiative last week that aims to...

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith to Create Docuseries Spotlighting HBCUs

Veteran ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith and his production company Mr. SAS Productions are set to make a documentary series that highlights the legacy...

Former Participants Express Concerns with Google’s Pipeline Program for Black College...

Former participants in Google’s Howard West program say the pipeline initiative meant to increase the number of Black students in tech was riddled with...

HBCUs Launch Clinics to Help Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

Howard University opened a clinic on its campus last week to help distribute coronavirus vaccines, joining the ranks of other historically Black colleges and...

HBCUs Are Becoming More Diverse, But Not Everyone Considers That a...

Recently, a White student who was accepted to Spelman College — among the nation’s most prominent historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) — sparked...

Biden-Harris Inauguration Events to Include Diversity Celebrations

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced Monday it will host additional programming to celebrate diversity prior to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and...

Biden Proposes $35 Billion in COVID-19 Aid for Higher Education

President-elect Joe Biden announced a proposal for $35 billion in coronavirus aid for higher education institutions on Thursday.  The funds will be part of a...

Billionaire Investor to Launch Alternative Student Loan Program for HBCUs This...

In fall 2021, junior and senior STEM college majors at select historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) will be eligible for a new student...

U.S. Senate Passes PARTNERS Act for HBCUs

Bipartisan legislation passed by the U.S. Senate last week that aims to strengthen partnerships between federal investors and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs)...

HBCU Athletes File Discrimination Lawsuit Against NCAA Rules

Last week, former and current historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) athletes filed a class-action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) claiming the...

What a Biden-Harris Administration Means for Higher Education

The election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris has many indications for diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Harris’ victory broke gender and...

Academic Community Pushes for Much-Needed Diversity in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Although numerous companies and medical institutions are working tirelessly to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, people of color — who according to the Centers for...

Dominion Energy Pledges $35 Million to HBCUs and Underrepresented Students

In July, Dominion Energy pledged to give $35 million to 11 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, and South...

2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates and College Affordability

Total student loan debt in the United States reached nearly $1.6 trillion in 2019, with more than one in 10 of the nation’s 45...

Senate Education Chairman Blocks FUTURE Act for Minority-Serving Institutions

The chairman of the United States Senate Education Committee, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), refused to approve a bill that would renew more than $250 million...

Beyoncé’s HΘMΣCΘMING Documentary Celebrates HBCUs

Earlier this year, Netflix released a documentary of Beyoncé’s performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held annually in Indio, Calif. Approximately...

A Cautionary Tale

Colleges and universities will require both financial prudence and boldness if they hope to subsist Like all industries, higher education is susceptible to the ups...

Trump’s Tense Relationship with HBCUs

On Feb. 27, 2018, after appointing the former head of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Johnny C. Taylor, as chairman of the President’s Board...

New Documentary Tells the Powerful Story of HBCUs

Following a listening session with the leaders of several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos praised such institutions...