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Spelman College Receives Largest Single Gift to HBCU

Spelman College, a private women’s liberal arts college in Atlanta, has received the largest single donation ever awarded to an HBCU (historically Black college...

Historic $100M Grant to UNCF Boosts HBCU Endowments

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) recently received a $100 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., marking the largest unrestricted private donation in the...

Black Enrollees at HBCUs More Likely to Obtain Bachelor’s Degrees

A new study finds that African American students who initially enroll at historically Black colleges or universities (HBCUs) are nearly 15 percent more likely...

Debt Collective Erases Close to $10M in Student Debt for Morehouse...

The Debt Collective, the first debtors' union in the U.S., has successfully canceled nearly $10 million in student loan debt for former students at...

California Bill Offers $5,000 Grants to Community College Students Who Transfer...

Community college students in California who transfer to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) will be eligible for a one-time grant of up to...

Biden Administration Urges States to Invest in Historically Black Land-Grant Universities

On Monday, the Biden administration sent letters to 16 state governors urging them to address decades of underfunding for historically Black land-grant universities, citing...

Ivy League Universities Strengthen HBCU Relationships Through Key Appointments

Two Ivy League schools, Brown University and Harvard University, are actively working together to build and fortify partnerships with historically Black colleges and universities...

NAACP Launches ‘Diversity No Matter What’ Pledge

The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is calling on over 1,600 public colleges and universities with selective admissions processes to...

Homeland Security Appoints Diverse College Leaders to Academic Safety Council

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced the appointment of 20 new members to the Homeland Security Academic Partnership Council (HSAPC), a board...

HBCUs Advance Legal Equity Through Community Engagement and Partnerships

Community service and institution-wide partnerships are key tools being used by two historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), among other schools, to address long-standing...

Binghamton Launches Research Alliance with HBCUs

Binghamton University is launching a new alliance with six historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in an effort to build collaborative research capabilities and...

Harvard Partners with HBCUs to Digitize Library Collections

A new partnership between Harvard Library and the HBCU Library Alliance aims to advance efforts in digitizing and preserving collections at historically Black institutions. The...

New Project Offers Enhanced Data on MSIs

A new research project is working to streamline classifications for minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to ensure data is accurate and consistent for research, advocacy, and...

Initiative Empowers HBCU Students and Alums as Entrepreneurs

After enrolling at a historically Black university, Nigerian immigrant Olasubomi Olawepo was inspired by the sense of community he felt on campus. That feeling...

HBCUs Announce Creation of New Colleges

Two historically Black institutions, Harris-Stowe State University and Xavier University of Louisiana, recently announced the creation of new academic colleges on their campuses. Harris-Stowe State,...

Spelman to Launch Documentary Filmmaking Program

Spelman College in Atlanta plans to build a new documentary media studies center, thanks to a $1 million endowment from the Jonathan Logan Family...

Black History Month: The Role of Higher Education in Black Activism

Throughout its history, higher education in the U.S. has served as both an institutional oppressor of Black Americans and as a stronghold for resistance...

$2.5 Million Grants Target Diversity in STEM

Six universities will each receive $2.5 million through the Driving Change initiative, a project that supports building more inclusive learning environments in the subjects...

Juvenile Linked to Spate of 2022 HBCU Threats

One person has been responsible for nearly every threat made against dozens of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) throughout the country in 2022,...

Howard University Launches Center for Journalism & Democracy

On Tuesday, Howard University (HU) launched the Center for Journalism & Democracy, a unique academic center founded by award-winning journalist and Project 1619 author...

Research Projects Launch as Part of Princeton-HBCU Partnership

A group of 10 research projects recently launched as part of a partnership between Princeton University and five historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs),...

HBCU Football Player Makes History as First to Come Out as...

Byron Perkins, a defensive back for the Hampton University Pirates, became the first openly gay football player at a historically Black college or university...

As Cybersecurity Field Heats Up, HBCU Partnership Addresses Workforce Diversity

Demand for cybersecurity workers is growing faster than ever, yet experts say the industry lacks the job candidates and workforce diversity necessary to advance...

Students at HBCU Can Earn Accelerated University of Florida Nursing Degrees

Students at Edward Waters University (EWU), a historically Black institution in Jacksonville, Florida, will soon be able to pursue a four-year nursing degree through...

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...