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African American Studies Curriculum across Texas High Schools

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April 17, 2020 will literally be in the history books because it was a historic day in Texas.  After years of meetings, organizing, and advocating, The African American Studies course which is only the second ethnic studies course for Texas students received a unanimous final board approval last Friday to approve an elective African Studies Course to be taught across high schools throughout Texas. 

Dallas ISD was the first to pilot the course after the Mexican American studies gained statewide approval back in 2018.  Under the leadership of Texas State Board of Education Member, Marisa Perez, one of our very own San Antonio natives Dr. Lawrence Scott, Texas A&M University- San Antonio professor led the San Antonio advisory team of 40 experts around Texas and the nation to make this once advocated proposal a reality. There were other advisory teams in Houston, Dallas, and Austin as well. Texas State Board of Education Trustee Aicha Davis (Dallas) who proposed and formulated the course brought representatives from all the advisory teams together in Austin to prioritize content and curriculum standards prior to the 1st and 2nd readings at the TX State Board of Education. 

Proponents of the course stressed that a course such as the African America Studies would give students an opportunity to “see themselves” when they study. The course is said to be available as early as this fall.

Congratulations to The Texas African American Studies Course Curriculum Advisory Team (San Antonio) on your efforts and success.

Dr. Donna Donna Y Ford, Distinguished Professor, Ohio State University

Dr. Cary Carey Latimore, History Department Chair, Trinity University

Professor Mario Marcel Salas, African American Studies Professor/Author/Historian, University of Texas at San Antonio / President KROV

Dr. Karla Broadus, Director of African American Studies Dept., University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Dorinda Rolle, Professor of African American Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Claudia García-Louis, Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio

Ms. La Juana Chambers Tacit Grower LJ, President, San Antonio African American Community Archive Museum

Dr. Daina Berry, Associate Dean/Professor, University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Keffrelyn D. Brown, Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Anthony Brown, Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Nicole Carr, Assistant Professor English, Texas A&M University San Antonio

Dr. Ramona Pittman, Professor, Texas A&M University of San Antonio

Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, Associate Professor of History/ Director of the African American Studies Program,  Texas State University

Mr. Cary Clack, Senior Columnist, San Antonio Express News 

Ms. Morgan Jones, Learning & Development Specialist, Spurs Sports and Entertainment

Dr. Paula Johnson, Director / IDRA EAC-South, Intercultural Development Research Association

Ms. Laura Thompson, CEO TAAN TV/Who’s Who SA/Former TX State Representative District 120, The African American Network (TAAN)

Dr. Aaron J Griffen, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Author/Consultant, DSST Public Schools/Prosperity Educators, LLC Denver, CO

Dr. Marcus Croom, Research Scholar, Durham Public Schools 

Dr. Stuart Rhoden, Professor/Author, Arizona State University

Ms. Brandi Pace, Teacher/Racial Equity Committee,  Ft. Worth Independent School District

D.L. Grant Carver, Executive Historic Carver Library/Antoinette Franklin Entrepreneur/Founder, Talented Tenth Scholars/Author Library Association/Deltas

Ms. Quincy Boyd, Regional Director Leadership ISD, Houston, TX

Dr. Milton Fields, Associate Superintendent,  Judson Independent School District

Ms. La Quita Dalton, Secondary Teacher,  Judson Independent School District

Ms. Amy Carter, Dual Credit Teacher/Adjunct Professor Floresville Independent School District/Coastal Bend College

Ms. Graciela Escobedo-Bell, Leadership Coordinator,  San Antonio Independent School District

Ms. Tiffany Grant, Chief of Staff, San Antonio Independent School District

Ms. Edwina L. Salas, Reading Specialist, San Antonio Independent School District

Mr. Jason Rochon, Secondary Teacher, San Antonio Independent School District

Mr. Ronald Tipton, CTE Educator, South San Independent School District

Trustee  José A. Macias, Jr., Board Trustee, District 2,  Alamo Community College District

Trustee Alicia Perry, School Board Trustee District 2,  San Antonio Independent School District

Dr. Langston Williams Jr, Pastor/Retired School Principal  Magnolia Church / San Antonio Independent School District

Dr. Mateen A. Diop, Principal/Executive Director,  San Antonio Independent School District

Ms. Jennifer McCall, J Renee Love, International Baccalaureate Curriculum Specialist,  San Antonio Independent School District

Ms. Antoinette Franklin, Founder, Talented Tenth Scholars/Author,  San Antonio Library Association 

Dr. D. Anthony Miles, Entrepreneur/Researcher/Statistician,  Miles Development Industries Corporation

Lawrence Scott, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development Department of Educator and Leadership Preparation,
Texas A&M University-San Antonio

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Tom Joyner Foundation and BetMGM Offer Executive Series to HBCU Students

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The Tom Joyner Foundation, a driving force behind scholarship distribution and fundraising for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, are partnering to offer an Executive Series to HBCUs nationwide beginning this Fall. The partnership will offer HBCU students the opportunity to network with BetMGM executives and navigate the recruitment process in preparation for career opportunities at the company after graduation. 

“Our goal has been to keep students in school, and it is critical that we ensure their success after graduation through phenomenal partnerships with organizations such as BetMGM,” said Joyner, Founder of The Tom Joyner Foundation.

The Executive Series will consist of executive-student panels, professional resume critiques, and job interview preparation. The workshops will help graduating seniors pursue roles in HR, Finance, Legal, Marketing, Product Design and more.

Adam Greenblatt, Chief Executive Officer, BetMGM said, “We’re proud to partner with The Tom Joyner Foundation in working with HBCU students to help them identify pathways to successful careers. Our goal at BetMGM is to promote equitable candidate experiences and an inclusive working environment.”

HBCU students can find more information and RSVP for the Executive Series on The Tom Joyner Foundation website starting this Fall. Tom Joyner Foundation’s partnership with BetMGM is an extension of the Foundation’s mission to provide career opportunities for students.

About The Tom Joyner Foundation

The Tom Joyner Foundation was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of the former nationally syndicated radio personality, Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments, and capacity-building enhancements. The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 20+ year history to help sustain and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, over $69 million has been raised to support more than 32,000 students attending HBCUs. Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students.

About BetMGM

BetMGM is a market-leading sports betting and gaming entertainment company, pioneering the online gaming industry. Born out of a partnership between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Entain Plc (LSE: ENT), BetMGM has exclusive access to all of MGM’s U.S. land-based and online sports betting, major tournament poker, and online gaming businesses. Utilizing Entain’s U.S.-licensed, state of the art technology, BetMGM offers sports betting and online gaming via market-leading brands, including BetMGM, Borgata Casino, Party Casino, and Party Poker. Founded in 2018, BetMGM is headquartered in New Jersey. For more information, visit http://www.betmgminc.com/

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Best Historically Black Colleges & Universities for 2022

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 College Consensus, a unique college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, has published its ranking of the 50 Best Historically Black Colleges & Universities for 2022.

Established to provide educational opportunities for Black students in the face of segregation and discrimination, Historically Black Colleges and Universities have long served as an equitable and inclusive option for Black students in pursuit of higher education.

“HBCUs are an excellent option for students looking for a culturally relevant academic experience”

“Due to the tragic history of systemic racism in the United States, Black students have long been denied equal opportunity to access higher education,” says College Consensus founder Jeremy Alder. “Fortunately, HBCUs give them this opportunity—and open up the door for many more. They offer greater affordability, post college preparedness, upward mobility, and a diverse and inclusive student experience.”

To determine the 50 Best HBCUs, we combined the results of the most respected college ranking systems with the averaged ratings of thousands of real student reviews from around the web to provide the most comprehensive picture of the HBCU landscape. 

The Top 10 Best Historically Black Colleges & Universities for 2022  are:

  1. Spelman College
  2. Howard University
  3. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  4. West Virginia State University
  5. North Carolina A&T University
  6. Grambling State University
  7. Savannah State University
  8. Southern State University and A&M College
  9. Jackson State University
  10. Norfolk State

Visit the ranking to see the full list of 50 HBCUs.

“HBCUs are an excellent option for students looking for a culturally relevant academic experience,” continues College Consensus founder Jeremy Alder. “And students considering HBCUs should look no further than this list. It’s the most comprehensive ranking of HBCUs out there as it factors in both respected rankings and student reviews.”

In addition to offering an innovative approach to college and graduate school rankings, College Consensus also offers expert advice and guidance on all aspects of college life, from finding the perfect college, to getting accepted, paying for it, applying to and attending graduate school, and finding a professional path after graduation.

This list is a feature of The Consensus’ Annual Rankings. Throughout March and April, College Consensus will be publishing dozens of new college rankings for 2022.

For information on leveraging this award, winners may contact College Consensus’ licensing partner, Wright’s Media, at collegeconsensus@wrightsmedia.com.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® Continue Giving HBCUs A Financial Boost

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Despite progress and national focus, historically Black colleges and universities across the country still need public support

 For the fourth consecutive year, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® will earmark on a progressive goal to raise $1 million in 24 hours for their national HBCU Impact Day initiative.  Set for Monday, September 20, 2021, the annual fundraiser is a part of the sorority’s four-year, $10 million commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) led by AKA International President and CEO Dr. Glenda Glover. The organization’s more than 300,000 college-educated members, corporate partners, and donors are challenged to make contributions to assist with the ongoing fiscal sustainability and operations of the more than 100 HBCUs around the country.

Dr. Glover, who is also president of Tennessee State University and an HBCU graduate, says while HBCUs are currently experiencing a renaissance that has brought about a new level of awareness, more must be done for their survival and long-term sustainability.

“The contributions of HBCUs can no longer be overlooked. Just look to the White House or the United States Congress.”Tweet this

“Despite the recent national attention given to HBCUs in 2021 and incremental state and federal funding, HBCUs still lag far behind other institutions of higher education when it comes to ongoing and sustainable support,” adds Dr. Glover. 

In 2021, the sorority gifted $1.6 million to 35 eligible four-year HBCUs.  The endowments on these campuses will grow in perpetuity and help schools reduce student debt through scholarships, fund industry-specific research, and provide much-needed infrastructure maintenance. Those funds are proving to be extremely crucial during the current climate in higher education.

HBCUs continue to be under-funded and now have an added burdened of operational challenges with the impact of the ever evolving COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Now more than ever is the time for Alpha Kappa Alpha to step up, as we have done for more than 113 years, along with our partners and continue our call to action for our historic institutions of higher education,” Glover contends. “The contributions of HBCUs can no longer be overlooked or minimized. Just look to the White House or the United States Congress. HBCUs account for nearly 25% of bachelor’s degrees granted to African Americans. I cannot imagine a world without HBCUs, but I can imagine how much stronger the world would be if we all supported the HBCU community.”

Members and supporters have surpassed the $1 million goal for the past three years. Last year’s Impact Day raised $1.3 million in 2020.

HBCU Impact Day is part of the sorority’s recognition of HBCU Week.  On September 20, chapters around the globe will host fundraising events in support of the $1 million fundraising goal. Interested donors can make contributions by giving by mail or online at http://donate.akaeaf.org during the 24-hour campaign.  For more information on the sorority’s commitment to HBCUs, visit www.AKA1908.com

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®
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 over 300,000 members in more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Liberia, Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea, South Africa, and in the Middle East. Led by International President and Chief Executive Officer, Glenda Glover Ph.D., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African-American women.” Visit www.aka1908.com for more information.

About the AKA Educational Advancement Foundation
Over 40 years ago, the Educational Advancement Foundation was established by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to promote lifelong learning.  It is now the largest minority-owned women’s foundation in the country with assets totaling over $22.7 million.  The foundation has donated over $6.5 million for scholarships, fellowships, and community assistance grants and is an organization with a rich and distinguished history of service that spans nearly a century.  Creating the Educational Advancement Foundation was the method by which Alpha Kappa Alpha. Inc. sought to ensure that there would always be support for education, its oldest program of service.  Today, the Foundation, a financially strong and viable organization, is a powerful tool for good, pooling the resources of others who share this vision of providing a perpetual source of support for education. 

Alpha Kappa Alpha implements an AKA HBCU Endowment Initiative in partnership with EAF, in which an endowed scholarship will be established at each accredited four-year HBCU.  The goal is to stamp the Alpha Kappa Alpha brand of financial support on each HBCU campus to help students remain in school, complete their course of study, and receive their college degrees. For more information about the Educational Advancement Foundation, please visit www.akaeaf.org.

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