LOS ANGELES, CA – The Far Western Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated has gifted Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science with a $20,000 gift to provide scholarships to deserving students attending the university. The donation will fund the Alpha Kappa Alpha: Dare to Be Different – Dixon Scholarship Fund honoring the visionary leadership of 25th Far Western Regional Director Carol R. Dixon.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha: Dare to Be Different – Dixon Scholarship Fund will be awarded to two students per semester in $500 disbursements. Eligibility for the scholarship will be based on financial need, residency (student must reside within one of the nine states representing Alpha Kappa Alpha Far Western Region) and community service.

Carol R. Dixon, 25th Far Western Regional Director, is honored to continue the legacy of giving that Alpha Kappa Alpha has maintained for over 112 years. Regarding the gift, she said, “Charles R. Drew University is the only Historically Black Graduate Institution (HBGI) in California and remains one of our favorite partners. I am beyond honored to support this historic institution and contribute to the education and accomplishments of students so worthy of this assistance. Alpha Kappa Alpha has made many ground-breaking strides in the support of medicine and health equity. This scholarship is another step in maintaining that legacy.”

“We are grateful for this gift from Alpha Kappa Alpha and deeply appreciative that this esteemed national sorority shares our vision for the importance of education and the drive for health equity, particularly in low-income communities of color,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. “I also want to extend my personal thanks to the 25th Western Region’s Director Carol R. Dixon for her leadership and long-time support of our University and mission.”

The Far Western Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. consists of chapters in nine states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington), which constitutes the Sorority’s largest geographic region.


About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of nearly 300,000 members in more than 1000 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa, and in the Middle East. Led by International President Dr. Glenda Glover, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African American women.” For more information, visit www.aka1908.com.

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, non-profit student-centered minority-serving medical and health sciences University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement. For more information, visit www.cdrewu.edu.

HOLLY SPRINGS, MS – President Ivy R. Taylor announces new additions to the Rust College executive team.

Mrs. Tiffani Perry will serve as Chief of Staff. Tiffani joins Rust College from the largest public-school district in the state of Tennessee, Shelby County Schools, where she served as Public Information Officer. She has a great deal of expertise in marketing, communications, and operations, including work with the American Heart Association, DaVita Rx, and Hilton Hotels. Tiffani is a member of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.

Dr. Dartell Treadwell will serve as Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives. Dr. Treadwell most recently served as Associate Dean in the College of Health Sciences at Alabama State University. He is trained and licensed as physical therapist, served as member of the Nashville Metro Police Department and in the United State Marines. Dr. Treadwell is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

“We are excited to welcome Mrs. Perry and Dr. Treadwell to the Bearcat Family. Their skills will allow us to strengthen our internal operations as a student-centered institution and better communicate with the public about the success of Rust College and our students,” said Dr. Ivy Taylor, President of Rust College.

Mrs. Perry and Dr. Treadwell will begin their new roles immediately and will aide Dr. Tayler and the rest of the executive team in strategic planning intended to propel Rust College to greater heights.


About Rust College

Rust College is a historically Black, co-educational, senior liberal arts college founded in 1866 by the Freedmen’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church to offer quality programs in business, education, humanities, science and math, and social science to prepare students for leadership and service in the global society.

Located in Holly Springs, MS, Rust College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate and baccalaureate degrees.For more information, visit www.rustcollege.edu.

TALLADEGA, AL – Angela Poole, Ph.D., CPA, has been named vice president for administration and finance at Talladega College in Talladega, AL. Dr. Poole brings over 20 years of professional financial management, leadership training, executive coaching, and consulting experience to the institution.

She will develop long and short-range strategic, financial plans for the College; direct or oversee the institution’s business functions; and provide leadership and administration for the Division of Administration and Finance while directing and overseeing budget administration, financial planning, accounting and investments, purchasing and contracts, administrative support, auxiliary enterprises, information technology, human resources, facilities, and risk management. As a member of Talladega’s senior executive staff, she will participate in institutional planning, policy development and problem resolution.

Dr. Poole is a seasoned executive whose expertise includes implementing plans for fiscal stabilization to manage expenses, grow revenues, and reduce debt. Her professional experiences includes higher education administration, not-for-profit leadership, accounting, consulting, and systems implementation. She has also worked at senior levels with professional consulting firms, medical centers, local municipalities and state agencies.

Prior to joining the College, she served as a managing consultant for AMP Expert Solutions. Prior to AMP Expert Solutions, she served as senior vice president for business affairs/CFO for Bethune-Cookman University.

She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from Florida A&M University (FAMU), a Master of Accountancy degree from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the School of Business and Industry at FAMU.

She has been a licensed Florida Certified Public Accountant since 1999. She is also a certified Business Process Reengineering and Strategic Planning Practitioner and a trained Design Think facilitator. Dr. Poole completed a graduate certificate program in Institutional Effectiveness from the State University System of New York (SUNY).

Her current and past involvement in professional and civic organizations includes: Founding President of The Foundation for Wealth Building, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tallahassee Christian College and Training Center, Lifetime member of the FICPA Scholarship Foundation, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and Lifetime member of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association.


LIBERTY, MOWilliam Jewell College announces Dr. Rodney Smith has been appointed to the newly created position of Vice President for Access and Engagement and will lead the College’s intensive inclusivity efforts, which includes such strategies as supporting the recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff of color and forging meaningful relationships with communities of color in Kansas City and beyond.

“I’m excited about this new position because the possibilities are endless. I see myself as the ‘chief hope officer’ and look forward to extending Jewell’s footprint and visibility. For me, that’s hopeful,” said Smith. “I am to create a community where students can come together and create an environment that supports personalized learning, empowers critical thinking and fosters a sense of belonging – on our campus and beyond.”

Smith adds that access and belongingness are reinforced by Jewell’s tuition recast initiative.

Beginning fall 2021, Jewell’s “Opportunity without Barriers” tuition recast plan includes new tuition price of $18,360 (before aid), significantly reducing the current tuition sticker price of $33,500.

“We believe in fostering an environment that is inclusive and welcoming,” said Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, president of William Jewell College. “Our team has been thoughtfully and intentionally working to ensure an inclusive environment that reverberates throughout the campus and beyond. This includes the hiring of Dr. Rodney Smith. And with his leadership, William Jewell is committed to creating opportunities without barriers for students, faculty and staff.”

Prior to joining the college’s leadership team, Smith worked with Jewell in a consulting capacity through Sophic Solutions, LLC, a change management consulting firm he co-founded with his wife and business partner, Stephenie K. Smith. As part of their consulting services, they assisted with Jewell’s inclusivity initiative.

In the education area, Smith most recently served in the International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he continues as an adjunct professor. He worked at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., as associate director of annual giving and special gifts; Fisk University in Nashville as director of admissions and recruitment; at Clark Atlanta University in Georgia as admissions counselor/recruiter; and at Morris Brown in Atlanta, also in admissions.

Smith obtained his bachelor’s degree at Morris Brown College, a historically black college in Atlanta, majoring in fine arts with a concentration in architecture. He earned a master and doctorate of education, both from Tennessee State University.


About William Jewell College

William Jewell College is more focused than ever on advancing critical thinking and preparing students to connect their thinking with their purpose. As evidenced in the strategic plan, WJC have a clear vision for increasing access to education and maintaining a vibrant campus that attracts the best students and faculty, while ensuring their current students have an enriching experience that prepares them for their futures as engaged citizens. For more information, visit www.jewell.edu.

BOWIE, MD – Bowie State University (BSU) has appointed a two-time alumna Dr. Shirelle Briscoe (’88 ’91) as the new assistant vice president for transfer and general student advocacy.

Dr. Briscoe will help to smooth the transition of transfer students to BSU and facilitate their success in completing their course of study. Working closely with Admissions and Academic Affairs on transfer student communications, she will act as a liaison with academic colleges and departments, as well as other student support services. She will be a resource person for transfer and other students to connect them to the many support services available to them at the university and beyond.

She will also be charged with advocating for the general student population to smooth issues that are no resolved through the designated channels and educating students about the appropriate ways to resolve concerns with other campus units. In this unique student advocacy role, Dr. Briscole will serve as a member of a BSU group tracking and guiding at-risk students through issues that might hinder their successful and timely graduation.

“Throughout her time at Bowie State, Dr. Briscoe has demonstrated a deep devotion to promoting the success of our students and has problem-solving skills that will serve the students well in her new position,” said Provost Carl Goodman.

Dr. Briscoe joins the Division of Enrollment Management team after successfully serving as the assistant vice president for undergraduate studies in the Division of Academic Affairs. She was previously a member of the faculty of the Department of Communications and the Department of Teaching, Learning & Professional Development. Before that, she taught in the School of Education at Howard University.

She holds a Doctor of Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as a master’s degree in organizational communication and a bachelor’s degree in business management and pre-law, both from Bowie State University.


About Bowie State University
Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal for qualified persons from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeking a high-quality and affordable public comprehensive university. The university places special emphasis on the science, technology, cybersecurity, teacher education, business, and nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education. For more information, visit www.bowiestate.edu.

SAN ANTONIO, TX – During a San Antonio City Council meeting on Thursday, August 13, 2020, Mayor Ron Nirenberg selected St. Philip’s College (SPC) President, Dr. Adena Williams Loston, to serve on the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. The Mayor’s appointed seat was previously held by Brielle Insler, a local marketing executive who stepped down in June urging that she be replaced by a black woman after noticing the lack of such representation in the group.

The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women was established on May 7, 1970, to serve as an advisor to the Mayor and City Council on key policy issues and to further the equal legal, social, political, economic, and educational opportunities and advancement of all women and men. In addition, they help foster a closer relationship and fuller exchange of ideas between women of respective districts to eliminate discrimination based on sex in all phases of American society; promote the dissemination of information on employment opportunities for women in the public sectors; encourage women to assume initiative and accept their responsibility in the removal of legal and other barriers to the realization of their basic human rights.

The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women is comprised of 11 members, each serving a 2-year term. Dr. Loston’s term will expire on May 31, 2021. To learn more of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, click here.


About St. Philip’s College
St. Philip’s College, founded in 1898, is a comprehensive public community college whose mission is to empower our diverse student population through educational achievement and career readiness. As a Historically Black College and Hispanic Serving Institution, St. Philip’s College is a vital facet of the community, responding to the needs of a population rich in ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity. St. Philip’s College creates an environment fostering excellence in academic and technical achievement while expanding its commitment to opportunity and access. For more information, visit www.alamo.edu/spc/.

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The National Science Foundation (NSF) selected St. Philip’s College (SPC) as the recipient of a $1.5 million grant to support their efforts in meeting the mission of the Ciencia, Ingeniería, y Matemáticas Aliados – Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CIMA-LSAMP) Program. CIMA-lSAMP strives to transform science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through innovative recruitment, retention strategies and experiences that support group historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines including African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians and Native Pacific mentorship, faculty mentorship, tutoring, supplemental instruction and undergraduate research.

CIMA was formed in the fall of 2013 when St. Philip’s College was first awarded the LSAMP Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (B2B) grant. It is comprised of the five Alamo Colleges: San Antonio College, Palo Alto College, Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, and St. Philip’s College.

Each year, SPC hosts the CIMA-LSAMP Research Symposium where research scholars across the five colleges congregate to present their research and findings. The years, the event was held virtually via Zoom and featured 56 student presenters. Research topics included: Creating Efficient and Affordable Face Masks to Combat COVID-19; A Search for Nitrogen-fixing Microorganisms in Tillandsia recurvata from South Texas; Assessing Learning and Executive Function in Marmosets (Callithrix Jacchus) for Human Application; and Plant Metabolite Extraction Protocol and Investigation of Forest Disturbance effects on Costa Rican Howler Monkeys. The virtual event welcomed over 160 spectators.

For more information on the CIMA-LSAMP program, click here.


About St. Philip’s College
St. Philip’s College, founded in 1898, is a comprehensive public community college whose mission is to empower our diverse student population through educational achievement and career readiness. As a Historically Black College and Hispanic Serving Institution, St. Philip’s College is a vital facet of the community, responding to the needs of a population rich in ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity. St. Philip’s College creates an environment fostering excellence in academic and technical achievement while expanding its commitment to opportunity and access. For more information, visit www.alamo.edu/spc/.

Dillard University’s Campus Entrance, New Orleans, LA. Photo creds: HCF’s Division of Communications and Marketing.

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Nicholls State University and Dillard University have signed an agreement to work together to prepare students for a modern business environment. The memorandum of understanding will allow Dillard College of Business graduates a seamless transfer pathway to Nicholls’ Master of Business Administration program.

“The Nicholls MBA program is continuously seeking ways to broaden the diversity of its student population,” said Ray Peters, director of the Nicholls MBA and EMBA programs and professor of leadership. “Similar to our agreement with Grambling State University, we are adding a portal to qualified African-American students. Dillard is an outstanding institution, and its business graduates would undoubtedly enhance our program.”

Dillard is an accredited private, historically black university in New Orleans. Dillard’s College of Business was established in 1984 when the Division of Business was created from the University’s Division of Social Sciences. The Division of Business eventually became the School of Business, and now, the College of Business. This evolution is a testament to the fact that the faculty and staff of the College of Business have diligently fulfilled the charge for educational excellence and student satisfaction. The College of Business delivers business education through innovative, student-centered teaching and scholarships.

“Through this Memorandum of Understanding between Dillard University and Nicholls State University, the two universities will work together to prepare students to meet workforce development needs as well-educated, responsible, and engaged business professionals,” said Dr. Kristen Broady, dean of the Dillard College of Business and Barron Hilton Endowed Professor of Economics.”I am excited about this opportunity for our students and I look forward to working with our new partners at Nicholls.”

The Nicholls MBA prepares current and future professionals to face an evolving future. Students will study economic conditions, technological changes, diversity, international issues and the political and legal environment. “Anything we can do to upskill students, helping them prepare for careers need, is beneficial to economies throughout the regions,” said Peters. “It’s an opportunity for continued growth and development.”

For more information on the Nicholls MBA program, click here.


SUMTER, S.C. – Morris College was recently awarded funding from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina to support institutional needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds totaling $850,000 will be used to aid the college in offering virtual learning for the fall 2020 semester and provide immediate assistance to students.

“We are extremely grateful to Mr. David Pankau, president, and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, for this generous contribution. The pandemic has presented the college with a unique set of challenges. However, our students remain our top priority and these funds will help us meet their most pressing needs,” said Dr. Leroy Straggers, president of Morris College.

COVID-19 has drastically impacted Morris College students and their families. As a result, some students have struggles to procure basic necessities such as housing and food. Because 89% of students at the college quality for PELL grants, financial assistance can make all the difference in whether they will continue their education.

The pandemic has made the need for technological advancements at the college even more necessary to ensure that faculty, staff, and students are given adequate tools for successful online learning. Various upgrades and enhancements are already underway to include a complete overhaul of the college’s network infrastructure and Wi-Fi system, a new online learning platform, and laptop computers and mobile hotspots for students to use.

Funds will be used to support the college’s e-learning platforms, e-learning tools, training and certification for faculty, tuition-based scholarships, devices and hotspots for virtual learning, and hardship grants for students.

BlueCross BlueShield is the only South Carolina-owned and operated health insurance carrier and has operated in the state for over 70 years. President and CEO David Pankau indicted that he looks forward to an on-going relationship with Morris College.


About Morris College
Morris College was founded in 1908 by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina to provide educational opportunities for Negro students in response to the historical denied of access to the existing educational system. Today, under the continued ownership of its founding body, the College opens its doors to a culturally and geographically diverse student body, typically from the Southeast and Northeast regions. Morris College is an accredited, four-year, coeducational, residential, liberal arts and career-focused institution awarding baccalaureate degrees in the arts and sciences and in career-based professional fields. For more information, visit www.morris.edu.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is a recipient of a $150,000 grant from Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH). The grant is a part of a $1 million pledge made by ABH to fight against systemic racism, oppression and injustice in light of the civil unrest taking place throughout the nation as a result of the systemic and unjust treatment of African Americans.

The grant will support general University operations and community engagement efforts. Since beginning the pledge in June 2020, ABH has donated over a quarter of a million dollars to institutions such as NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Black Lives Matter, the Loveland Foundation and others.

“As founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills, it is my promise that the brand will remain a constant and vocal supporter of equality. We vow to use our platform and our privilege to amplify the voices of marginalized groups that deserve to be heard,” said Anastasia Soare, Founder. “We believe in Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science’s mission in fighting against health disparities among underserved, and fully support their commitment to community engagement.”

“We are deeply appreciative of Anastasia Beverly Hills for generous support and belief in our mission to educate diverse health professionals as well as our vision to attain a world without health disparities,” said Angela Minniefield, Senior Vice President of Advancement, Strategic Development & External Affairs at CDU. “Special thanks to our Alumni Relations and Corporative Giving manager Brittney Miller for facilitating this partnership, and we look forward to continuing a meaningful relationship with ABH through its community engagement pillar.”


About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, non-profit student centered minority-serving medical and health sciences University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement.CDU is a leader in health disparities research with a focus on education, training, treatment and care in cancer, diabetes, cardiometabolic and HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit www.cdrewu.edu.