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The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Peterson’s, the producer of the popular college guides, have announced a new program designed to encourage the continuing development of diversity and inclusiveness in graduate education.
The program will provide support in the form of a matching grant to one institution per academic year for the purpose of effecting institutional changes to enhance diversity within the institution’s graduate programs. The competition will consider either start-up efforts or efforts to expand existing initiatives. Each award will be for $10,000 over a two-year period, to be matched by an equal amount by the selected institution. Only CGS members are eligible.
Proposals must be postmarked on or before Oct. 1, 1999. The award winner will be announced at the annual CGS meeting in December, the first payments to begin in January 2000.
For applications, contact the CGS by phone at (202) 223-3791, or on the Internet at <>. Contact the following e-mail address to ask questions: <[email protected]>.

Howard University has launched an electronic news magazine hosted by the historically Black institution’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center called HU Archives.Net.
Funded by a $100,000 grant from MCIWorldCom, the magazine will provide a unique look into American and African American heritage. The grant is part of the company’s Hometown Help program — the aim of which is “putting technology to work for America’s communities,” according to Karlane Klimen, MCIWorldCom’s regional manager.
“It is so important that the national community should have access to the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center,” says Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, Howard’s provost. “The resources found here are unique among national archives and museums. Collectively, they tell a story about America that cannot be told elsewhere. Even more, the American story is in so many ways incomplete without the historical perspectives that are housed here.”
For more information, contact Rosa Anthony at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center by phone at (202) 806-4224.

Florida A&M University has been granted its first state-designated Type I institute. FAMU’s Institute of Urban Policy and Commerce was officially established and issued Type I status by the Florida state legislature last month. State Sen. James Hargrett and State Rep. Rudy Bradley filed the bill that provides more than $675,000 for staffing of the institute. The lawmakers say it will make FAMU a leader in the state university system on research issues related to urban revitalization.
“By building the institute within the university, we are ensuring that we will not throw money at these urban centers, but provide creative strategies that will lead the nation in developing our inner cities,” Hargrett says.
The institute also will support the community development efforts of inner city areas, neighborhood-based organizations, and municipal agencies.
For more information, contact Eddie Jackson at (850) 599-3413.

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