(LITTLE ROCK, AR) – Philander Smith College, a private historically black liberal arts college located in Little Rock, Arkansas, was recently named a recipient of a $300,000 award from Microsoft to participate in the company’s community skills grant program. The grant will provide unrestricted funds over the next three years to support the institution’s WISE P3 workforce development initiative.

“This recognition by Microsoft amplifies our vision to enhance employability skills as part of our commitment to workforce development in Arkansas. We are so pleased that Philander Smith College has been cited for the demonstrated focus we are placing on information technology, which is such an important aspect of job skills training,” said Roderick L. Smothers Sr., Philander Smith College’s President.

Microsoft’s community skills program is a part of its broader commitment to skills for employability and promoting racial equity in the United States. It is a $15 million investment over three years to accelerate the work of Black- and African American- led nonprofits that provide digital skills and workforce development to Black and African American communities.

The Center for Workforce Innovation and Strategic Economic Public-Private Partnerships (WISE P3) at Philander Smith College has been operational for five years and is spearheaded by Executive Director Glenn Sergeant.

Acknowledging the technology company’s investment, Sergeant said, “With this grant award to WISE P3, Microsoft has taken a giant step towards its recent commitment to put its data, technology, and partnerships to work to help improve the lives of African Americans across the country.” He continued, “Further, it will be instrumental in helping Philander Smith College reach its goal in reducing barriers that have largely kept Black Arkansas from accessing the millions of jobs created in the tech sector in the last decade alone.”

One of the 50 community-based nonprofits to participate in its community skills grant program nationwide, Philander Smith College was the only institution of higher learning to receive an award. In addition to financial support, the College will also receive concierge service from Microsoft’s Tech for Social Impact (TSI) team that will include on-demand technical support along with Microsoft software and services.

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About the Microsoft Community Skills Program: Microsoft is a technoloy company whose mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft strives to create local opportunities, growth, and impact in every country around the world. Microsoft’s grant strategy aligns with a broader community skills program that is grounded in the idea that everyone should have access to digital skills, and community racial justice work that harnesses technology to rebalance the odds for Black Americans, especially where work is concerned. More information about the Microsoft Community Skills Program can be found at https://news.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2020/09/02/digital-skills-grants-icstars-tech-diversity/.

About Philander Smith College
Philander Smith College, founded in 1877, is one of the oldest private, historically black institutions of higher learning in Arkansas. A four-year liberal arts college, the institution is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is the only United Negro College Fund member school in the state. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of NCA. For more information, visit www.philander.edu.

The campus of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. Photo credits: Division of Communications and Marketing/HBCU Campaign Fund.

(LITTLE ROCK, AR) – Philander Smith College is the recipient of funds totaling $1,049,130 to help establish the Strengthening Ministries in Black and Small Churches in Central Arkansas program. It is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry, an initiative that supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they create or strengthen programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as mentors and guide them through key leadership challenges in congregational ministry.

Earlier in the year the College received a $50,000 award from Lilly Endowment to support the development of the Thriving in Ministry grant submission. That planning grant, combined with the full award of $999,130, represents a total of $1,049,130 investment to strengthen the pastors serving small churches in Arkansas and nearby states.

Thriving in Ministry seeks to help pastors develop meaningful relationships with wise colleagues who can help guide them through key leadership challenges, especially during transitions in their ministerial careers. The initiative builds upon recent studies that have examined the importance of colleagues and mentors who help pastors face and overcome common professional challenges. These studies include research from the Endowment-funded Flourishing in Ministry project.

“Philander Smith College has a legacy of developing clergy who have become leaders and mentors to generations of ministers and pastors,” said Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, President of Philander Smith College. “Our alumni have broken barriers, published extensively in the field of religious studies, and blazed spiritual trails for a new cohort of preachers and scholars. Funding from Lilly Endowment will help us to continue to build upon this sacred foundation.”

“Leading a congregation today is multi-faceted and exceptionally demanding,” said Christopher Cobe, Lilly Endowment’s Vice President for Religion. “When pastors have opportunities to build meaningful relationships with experienced colleagues, they are able to negotiate the challenges of ministry and their leadership thrives. Promising efforts in this initiative including the Philander Smith College program, will help pastors develop these kinds of relationships, especially when they are in the midst of significant professional transitions.”

The grant period at Philander Smith College will run from December 2020 through December 2025.

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About Philander Smith College
Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is a small, privately supported, historically Black, four-year liberal arts institution related to the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. The College’s mission is to graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to change the world for the better. For more information, visit www.philander.edu.

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Philander Smith College and The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law announced on Tuesday, October 16, 2019 a joint-effort to create a 4+3 pipeline program.

According to a press release by the College, the new partnerships recognizes Philander Smith College’s commitment to preparing aspiring students for law school and provides guaranteed acceptance to Bowen for Philander graduates who meet specific criteria.

“Bowen consistency attracts quality applicants,” said Matthew Kerns, Assistant Dean of Admissions at UALR. “With competition to enter the law school increasing, these programs reinforce our commitment to Philander Smith College students and the Little Rock community and ensure that highly motivated graduates have spots at the law school.”

Philander Smith College alumni qualify for the 4+3 program if they earned a minimum cumulative UGPA of 3.40; scored a 154 or above on the LSAT; and have no character and fitness issues that would disqualify them from being admitted to the bar. Prospective students can apply to the Law School through lsac.org. Students must apply to Bowen and satisfactorily complete all admissions requirements.

In addition to this program and other scholarship opportunities, Bowen offers a 25% tuition scholarship to accept students who earned a bachelor’s degree from an Arkansas historically black college or university.

“We are incredibly gratified to be a partner with the Bowen School of Law to expand access to law school for our students,” said Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr., President of Philander Smith College. “As an institution rooted and grounded in social justice, we aim to graduate leaders who are equipped to fight inequality. This opportunity aligns with our mission, ensuring that legal scholars will be well-prepared for the front lines of service.”

Bowen prepares students for a variety of careers, including roles as attorneys, judges or other public service leadership positions.

This is the law school’s third pipeline program. Bowen has another 4+3 program with UA Little Rock. Similarly, Philander Smith College has a 3+2 program with University of Arkansas Fayetteville for Engineering and a 4+1 program for Public Health with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

About Philander Smith College

Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is a small, privately supported, historically Black, four-year liberal arts institution related to the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. The College’s mission is to graduate academically accomplished students grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to change the world for the better. For more information, visit www.philander.edu.

About UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

The UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law provides a high quality legal education that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical concepts to not only function as competent attorneys, public official, business persons, and other professionals, but also to think critically about the efficacy of the law and legal institutions and to work for their improvement. For more information, visit www.ualr.edu.

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Philander Smith College (PSC), a historically black college, has announced that Tamika S. Edwards, J.D., has been selected to lead the College’s Social Justice Institute following an extensive national search. The appointment, which makes Edwards the second Executive Director in the institute’s history, will begin September 4.

According to an press release by the university, established by Philander Smith College in 2007, the Social Justice Institute is the center incubator for the College’s focus on its mission to “graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for social justice….” In recent years, the Social Justice Institute has been inspired to rethink and re-imagine its approach to justice-driven education. With a newly broadened scope, the Social Justice Institute has reorganized with the intent of making a greater impact not only locally, but also regionally and nationwide.

“We are thrilled that Tamika Edwards is joining us to lead the critical work of the Social Justice Institute, the heart and soul of the campus culture at Philander Smith College. We are confident in her tremendous ability and experience in bringing people together to help enact meaningful change. Furthermore, her passion for addressing policies that breed inequality will help to elevate the Social Justice Institute’s status as a regional center an resource for justice work,” said Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr., President of Philander Smith College.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Edwards has nearly twenty years of experience in public policy and community development. Most recently, she served as Director of Governmental Affairs at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) where she led the development and execution of the organization’s legislative strategy. Prior to AACF, she was Director of Public Policy at Southern Bancorp Community Partners and previously served as Community Affairs Specialist in the Office of U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln.

Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), a master’s degree in professional and technical writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), and a juris doctoral from UALR Williams H. Bowen School of Law. In addition to serving in numerous community leadership roles, she is a contributor to Talk Business and Politics, a news website that covers business, politics, and culture throughout Arkansas. In 2017, she was recognized in the inaugural edition of The Arkansas 200, published by Arkansas Business, as a leader “who influences the way we live, learn and do business in the state.”

 

ABOUT THE SOCIAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE AT PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE

With its most recent activities and events – to include a refreshed brand and look, to its Law and Justice Summit for local leaders, to its first-ever two-day ‘JusticeCon2018’ convening targeted at awakening and nurturing social justice activism in students – the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College is poised to become a global leader in justice education by inspiring and equipping students, thought-leaders, activists and community members to tackle the work of combatting inequity. More information about the Social Justice Institute can be found at www.rethinksocialjustice.org.

ABOUT PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE

Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is a small privately supported, historically black, four-year liberal arts institutions related to the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

The College offers four degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Business Administration, and the Bachelor of Social Work. The College’s mission is to graduate academically accomplished students, grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to change the world for the better.

Philander Smith College, the only United Negro College Fund member institution in Arkansas, strives to provide a quality education for all regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin or ethnic background. For more information about Philander Smith College, visit www.philander.edu.

 

hrdCHICAGO, IL – This past June, HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) held its 3rd annual HBCU Royalty Dictionary competition with the theme “Rulers of the Throne”. The competition highlights newly historically black colleges and universities campus Queens, Kings and SGA Presidents.

The HBCU Royalty Dictionary is an initiative that spotlights the newly elected and crowned campus leaders through a pre-submitted biography with a series of questions relating to their campus improvement, strengths, motivation and upcoming plans during their reign or term.

This year’s competition featured a mixture of 20 campus leaders who holds the title of Queen, King and SGA Presidents that were voted by the public to be featured in the dictionary. The leaders are represented from the following schools: Florida Memorial University, Huston-Tillotson University, Stillman College, North Carolina Central University, South Carolina State University, Saint Augustine’s University, Grambling State University, Virginia Union University, Savannah State University, Bennett College,  Benedict College, Fisk University, Claflin University,  University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Morris College, Savannah State University, Philander Smith College and Chicago State University.

After two (2) years of the competition, this year was the first publication of the HBCU Royalty Dictionary as a magazine. The HBCU Royalty Dictionary is usually published to the HCF’s website featuring the present year induction class.

The 2016 HBCU Royalty Dictionary is now available and can be viewed in PDF format on HCF’s website here. You can purchase the magazine copy for $7.99 + shipping in support of the featured student leaders here.

All proceeds from the magazine will benefit and assist supporting the next HBCU Royalty Dictionary competition, student scholarships, services at HBCU’s and operations of HBCU Campaign Fund.

For more information regarding the HBCU Royalty Dictionary, contact support@hbcucampaignfund.org or call HCF office at 773.988.2106.

rs_300x300-150206114248-600-terrence-jenkins-ms-020615LITTLE ROCK, AR – Philander Smith College, (a historically black college located in Little Rock, Arkansas), has announced HBCU alumnus, actor and television personality Terrence J will serve as the Blessed The Mic lecture series speaker during their “The Evolution” homecoming week.

“Bless the Mic” is a unique college lecture series hosted by Philander Smith College that showcases renowned scholars, entertainers, politicians, authors, motivational speakers and activists who deliver messages that resonate with the hip-hop/ millennial generations. The lecture series was created by the college 12th President, Dr. Walter Kimbrough (The Hip-Hop President) as a way to initiate dialogue on the campus about contemporary issues relevant to the student body. The “Bless the Mic” series began in September 2005 with guest speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and has run for over 10 years. Other notable speakers include Dr. Cornell West, Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, Rev. Al Sharpton, Iyanla Vanzant, Tavis Smiley, Donna Brazille and MC Lyte.

This free and open to the public event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. in the M.L. Harris Auditorium on the campus.

For more information, contact Jennelle Primm at 501-307-5310 or jprimm@philander.edu. Visit their website at www.philander.edu.

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – Writer, HBCU alum, Civil Rights and prominent Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King will serve as the keynote speaker at a community event entitled “#BlackLivesMatter in the Media.” This free and open to the public event will take place on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm in the M.L. Harris Auditorium on the campus of Philander Smith College.

A 2002 graduate of Morehouse College, King is best known for his work as a senior justice writer for the New York Daily News. His job focuses on reporting and commentary on justice, police brutality and race relations.

King will be joined by Malik Saafir, founder and president of the Janus Institute for Justice. Saafir will moderate the panel discussion between activist including Little Rock’s own Rae Nelson. One of the panelist, Ashley Yates, was an organizer in Ferguson during the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown.

If you wish to attend this event, you can RSVP by visiting the event Facebook page.

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Source: http://www.thv11.com/news/local/prominent-black-lives-matter-figure-shaun-king-to-speak-at-philander-smith-on-sept-30/319447625.