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Call Me Mr. Bennett: First Names, Last Names, Respect, and Diversity

Frank H. Wu | Posted 07.12.2015 | Education
Frank H. Wu

The more I take on the responsibility to lead diverse groups, the more I am aware of the importance of perceptions, symbols and subtleties, and the more I am skeptical of abstract rules. We often fail to communicate what we intend, without fault.

Manhattan Institute Tackles the Future of Black America

Cherylyn Harley LeBon | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Cherylyn Harley LeBon

Recently, the Manhattan Institute convened a day-long forum, "Prospects for Black America: The Moynihan Report Turns 50." In the aftermath of Ferg...

‘The New Black' Opens New Dialogue About LGBT, Religion In The Black Community

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 05.15.2015 | Black Voices

(RNS) Is gay marriage a civil right like black equality? Or is it a sin African-Americans should condemn? That’s the question at the heart of “...

Google Is Embedding Engineers At HBCU Campuses To Fix Tech's Diversity Problem

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 05.03.2015 | Black Voices

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to ...

Disrupting the Daisy Chain: What Modern Women's Colleges Really Do

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.10.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

Educating women is essential to alleviating poverty, fostering economic development, improving the health and education of children. Women's colleges have long served as gateways for educational and economic opportunity for women.

South Carolina State University Close To Being Taken Over By The State

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2015 | College

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb 19 (Reuters) - South Carolina lawmakers have moved closer to ordering the state to take contr...

A Better Way to Spend $60 Billion? Expand Pell Grants

Carolyn Ash | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Carolyn Ash

Let's make an even greater investment in the Pell Grant program. And let's eradicate labor market inequalities that reward white high school dropouts with greater access to jobs than black graduates with a community college degree.

The Enduring Relevance of HBCUs in America

Herron Keyon Gaston | Posted 03.23.2015 | College
Herron Keyon Gaston

The question that must be asked is can HBCUs fiscally manage in these turbulent and uncertain times and still remain relevant as many state legislatures have continued to decrease funding to institutions of higher education?

Why the U.S. College Landscape Still Needs HBCUs

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

It's no secret that Black and other non-white students in the U.S. have always faced an uphill struggle when it comes to education. Even today, the achievement gap between white students and their peers of color is wide.

Obama's Free College Plan Is Not An 'Attack' On HBCUs

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices

Last week, President Obama stirred quite a bit of controversy when he announced a plan to make two years of college free for American students who mai...

2014 Top 10 Accomplishments on the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Landscape

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

It's that time of year again - time to look back at the accomplishments of HBCUs. We present those that we think will have the most lasting impact on Black colleges, the students that they serve, as well as the surrounding communities.

Do Toni Morrison's Papers Belong At Princeton Or Howard?

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.23.2014 | Black Voices

Last week, Toni Morrison's papers found a permanent home at Princeton University, where Morrison was a faculty member for 27 years. While the move was...

A Clarion Call to Black Higher Education

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The leadership dilemma for HBCU presidents is that of broadening access while also advancing high academic standards and strengthening outcomes. The data suggest that this will be a steep climb for most HBCUs.

An Open Letter to HBCU Graduates

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Fellow graduates of historically black colleges and universities, we can and must come to the aid of our institutions while there is still time to make a difference. Fiscal insolvency and the loss of accreditation are two insurmountable challenges from which I have not known any institution to recover. What follows are some concrete steps we can and must take to support HBCUs.

Six Critical Strategies for Increasing HBCU Retention and Graduation Rates

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

What specifically are the most successful HBCUs doing, or what can they do to increase student retention and graduation? Drawing on a combination of personal education and leadership experiences, observations and research, what follows are a five proven strategies associated with student success.

How HBCUs Respond to a Call for Inclusion of LGBT Students

The Root | Yoruba Richen | Posted 09.21.2014 | Black Voices

For many who choose to attend an HBCU, the decision is about far more than just academics. Since the first HBCUs opened their doors in the years befor...

The 10 Most Essential Attributes of an HBCU Trustee

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 10.06.2014 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Like many of my friends and colleagues, I have been struck by recently alleged behavior attributed to some HBCU trustees. Unfortunately, the alleged behavior of a few has a way of imputing the character of all HBCU trustees more so than appears to be the case at PWIs.

Yesterday's HBCU Pride Is Today's HBCU Irrelevance

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 10.04.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Waiting for HBCUs to "do right" or "do better" before giving our support only prolongs the 'do wrong' culture and resentment of the same.

Diverse Conversations: Is a 4.0 at an HBCU the Same as a 4.0 at a PWI?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Historically black colleges and universities or HBCUs have an important tradition in the United States. It's not necessarily a straightforward traditi...

HBCU Student Success Summit

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Achieving significant and sustainable gains in student success requires distributed leadership; strategic investments, focus and follow through, among others.


Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 08.24.2014 | Education
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Although I can now drink from any fountain I choose and live in any house I can afford, I can still see those "White Only" signs above the water fountains and on the toilet doors. They propel me to never forget my beginnings.

What Does The Future Hold For HBCUs?

The Grio | Craig Melvin | Posted 06.05.2014 | Black Voices

MSNBC’s Craig Melvin explores the legacy of HBCUs, the challenges they face and what the future holds. This weeklong series looks at the roots of...

Thinking Beyond the Box

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Those of us who are staunch advocates of HBCUs must not allow our support to impede a critical, yet objective analysis of what these institutions must do to become more competitive and responsive.

HBCUs: Over-Governed and Under-Led

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

The question is not who is in charge. Rather, it is how well is the university doing in fulfilling its mission.

Race and Sex at HBCUs

Marcus Lee | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Marcus Lee

These questions -- and many more -- complicate simplistic narratives of sexuality and help to debunk the idea that one can quantify LGBT friendliness.