JACKSONVILLIE, FL – Edward Waters College (EWC) announced that it will establish the A. Philip Randolph Institute for Law, Race, Social Justice and Economic Policy in the coming months pursuant to a multi-year six figure grant from the Jesse Ball DuPoint Fund. The College plans to hire an executive director/scholar-in-residence and utilize grant funds to provide opportunities for students, scholars, practitioners and community members to examine and exchange ideas related to race, law/criminal justice, and socioeconomic policy matters through research, lectures, symposia and scholarship.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and potentially transformative development for our institution and the greater Jacksonville community,” said Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., EWC president and CEO. “It is also a timely initiative for all of us given the recent events that have occurred throughout the country over the past year heightening our collective scrutiny of matters of race, law, and the engagement of African-American citizens with law enforcement as well as the ongoing plight for social and economic equity that has come even more to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Over the next three years, the main objective of the Randolph Institute is to create positive change through at least one new policy for law, race, social justice or economics adopted by the City of Jacksonville, law enforcement agency or department, or related organization and/or create positive change in at least one current and local statistic related to these matters. One of the primary long-term goals of the Randolph Institute is to increase public confidence and trust in jacksonville in the fairness of police interactions with community members and of prosecutorial charging decisions, normally made by district attorneys.

“The Randolph Institute represents a unique and powerful opportunity to advance our collective goals of making our community more open, equitable and inclusive,” said Mari Kuraishi, President of the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund. “We are proud to honor the legacy of A. Philip Randolph by expanding opportunities for scholarship, open dialogue, and policy recommendations at a critical time for our community.”

Asa Philip Randolph was a groundbreaking leader, organizer, and social activist who championed equitable labor rights for African American communities throughout the 20th century. He attended Edward Waters College from ages 14 to 16 before transferring to Bethune-Cookman where he graduated. Randolph’s abilities as an organizer and trailblazer became the driving force in ending racial discrimination in government defense factories and desegregating the armed forces, both done through presidential decree. He was a principal organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Mr. Randolph Institute in Washington, D.C.

“I am confident that this bold decision by the Jesse Ball duPont Fund will inspire others to join us towards catalyzing additional support in achieving substantial and substantive outcomes to positively impact the lives of all our fellow citizens and particularly traditionally marginalized communities which is directly reflective of the spirit of A. Philip Randolph and his life’s work,” said Dr. Faison.

“We are grateful to the Fund for their continued partnership and support in enabling the launch this critical new institute and EWC looks forward to continuing our longstanding service as an essential resource, solution provider, and conduit for leading progressive and meaningful change in the greater Jacksonville community and beyond.”

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About Edward Waters College
Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal art education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principle of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the oldest private institution of higher education in the State of Florida. For more information, visit www.ewc.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.”

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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.

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.