Howard University has received a $1 million gift to open a center devoted to producing gender-based research and promoting Black female leaders, officials announced Thursday.
The Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership will be one of a handful of academic centers nationwide designed to amplify Black and minority women’s issues, Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick said.
The gift from Howard trustee Jim Murren and philanthropist Heather Murren will start a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign to support the center’s endowment — funding academic programs and underwriting faculty salaries, Frederick said.
Featured Image, Howard University associate professor J. Jarpa Dawuni, left, philanthropist Heather Murren and university President Wayne A.I. Frederick celebrate the launch of the Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership. (Howard University)
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Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. Most of these institutions were founded in the years after the American Civil War and are concentrated in the Southern United States. During the period of segregation in the United States prior to the Civil Rights Act, the overwhelming majority of higher education institutions were predominantly white and completely disqualified or limited African-American enrollment. For a century after the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, most colleges and universities in the Southern United States prohibited all African Americans from attending, while institutions in other parts of the country regularly employed quotas to limit admissions of blacks.
There are 101 HBCUs in the United States, including both public and private institutions (of 121 institutions that existed during the 1930s). Of these remaining HBCU institutions in the United States, 27 offer doctoral programs, 52 offer master’s programs, 83 offer bachelor’s degree programs, and 38 offer associate degrees.
Source – Historically Black Colleges and Universities – HBCU (Updated: 12 November 2020) Wikipedia. Available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historically_black_colleges_and_universities, (Accessed: 13 November 2020)