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Tag: Virginia State University
Study: Higher Education Funding in Virginia Distributed Inequitably
Expanding on student demographics and enrollment, the recently released second report “Higher Education School Finance Inequity and Inadequacy in Virginia” by Education Reform Now, focused on financial aid and college affordability.
July 19, 2021
Mass Vaccine Center to Open at Virginia State University’s Ettrick Campus
A new mass vaccine center opened at Virginia State University on Wednesday, NBC 12 reported. The center will be available for residents in Chesterfield, Colonial Heights and the Crater Health District, which serves areas such as Petersburg, Hopewell and Emporia. The center will only be available for people pre-registered for the COVID-19 vaccine and with […]
March 17, 2021
Jamaal O. Bailey: An HBCU Servant Leader
Jamaal O. Bailey spent 12 years advocating for historically Black colleges and universities at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. To him, this feels like a hopeful moment for the institutions, financially and politically.
February 17, 2021
MacKenzie Scott Donates $4.2 Billion to 384 Organizations, Including HBCUs
MacKenzie Scott, an author and philanthropist formerly married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, announced on Tuesday that she would donate about $4.2 billion to 384 organizations, including historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), CNN reported. The world’s 18th richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires’ Index, she committed to the Giving Pledge Initiative by Warren […]
December 16, 2020
Annual HBCU Moguls in the Making Business Competition Begins Thursday
The second annual Moguls in the Making, a business plan pitch competition offering Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students opportunities to develop vital skills, will take place virtually Oct. 8-11. The competition is hosted by Ally Financial Inc., Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and rapper and singer Big Sean’s foundation, the Sean Anderson Foundation […]
October 7, 2020
Morehouse College Receives $9 Million Grant to Study STEM Success at HBCUs
As part of the establishment of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Undergraduate Success Research Center, the National Science Foundation (NSF) donated $9 million to Morehouse College. The center, also referred to as STEM-US, will focus on “increasing educational and employment opportunities within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field for minority students.” […]
August 20, 2020
Now, More than Ever, America Needs More Black Male Social Studies Teachers
For Black students in America, having a same-race social studies teacher is extremely rare. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), social studies teachers make up just 7% of the entire teacher workforce. And of all social studies teachers, roughly 94% are White (54% men and 40% women). Just 3% of America’s social studies teachers are Black men. And only 3% are Black women. In fact, the average social studies teacher is a White male in his mid-40s despite the fact that men only make up 23% of all teachers. As a result, only 1 to 2 lessons or 8–9% of total US History class time is devoted to Black history.
June 16, 2020
VSU President’s Contract Extended Until 2024
Virginia State University (VSU) President Dr. Makola M. Abdullah’s contract was extended until June 30, 2024 after a recent Board of Visitors vote. His original contract was set to expire June 2021. Under Abdullah’s leadership, VSU received the school’s first Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation for the Summerseat project, several academic buildings have undergone renovations, […]
November 19, 2019
VSU Student Wins Scholarship to Intern with Actor Terrence J
Virginia State University junior Jaelan Hodges has won a $15,000 summer internship scholarship on behalf of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Hodges received the award at the recent BET Weekend Brotherhood Dinner in Los Angeles from actor and TMCF national ambassador Terrence J. “I am beyond blessed!” exclaimed Hodges, a mass communications major from Virginia […]
June 27, 2019
Report Highlights Freedom of Speech Restrictions
According to a new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), 81 percent of top colleges in Virginia restrict free speech in some form.
December 13, 2018
Virginia State President to Honor Daughter at Winter Commencement
On December 15, Virginia State University (VSU) president Dr. Makola M. Abdullah will recognize more than 300 graduates during the winter graduation ceremony. One graduate in particular is special to Abdullah, his daughter, Sefiyetu. Sefiyetu Abdullah, 19, will be one of the youngest graduates in the VSU Class of 2018, graduating with summa cum laude […]
December 12, 2018
TMCF and Strada Pilot New Scholars Program
Fayetteville State, Texas Southern and Virginia State universities have been chosen to participate in a pilot high school-to-college scholars program in a joint initiative of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Strada Education Network, the two organizations have announced.
September 6, 2018
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