Peace Corps Announces Top Volunteer-Producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet is proud to recognize the top Peace Corps volunteer-producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This year, Howard University in Washington, DC, holds the top rank for HBCUs with 21 undergraduate alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers and 204 alumni having served overseas since 1961.

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities equip students with the skills necessary to make a difference overseas through Peace Corps service,” said Acting Director Hessler-Radelet. “Volunteers with diverse backgrounds bring unique cross-cultural experiences to the communities they serve and help promote a greater understanding of all Americans.” 

After 27 months abroad working in education, health, community economic development, environment, youth in development or agriculture, Peace Corps volunteers with four-year degrees are uniquely qualified to return to the United States and enter the global job market. Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens and receive support from the Peace Corps in the form of career services, graduate school opportunities, advantages in federal employment, readjustment allowances, and loan deferment and cancellation opportunities.

Howard University graduate Christina Titus of San Diego, Calif., has been living and working in Rwanda since May 2012. Titus feels that the skills she gained as a student at Howard helped prepare her for Peace Corps service. “It was during my time at Howard that I envisioned myself living abroad. Attending an HBCU opens your eyes to a culture you’d otherwise miss in a traditional school. Professors at HBCUs invest in you. You have fellow students from similar backgrounds cheering you on in what can be an arduous road to graduation. Attending Howard gave me the confidence, courage and capacity to take on such a challenge.”  

The following are the top three Peace Corps volunteer-producing HBCUs: 

COLLEGE NAME:                              VOLUNTEER
                                                          NUMBER:
1. Howard University                               21
2. Morehouse College                               8
3. Spelman College                                 5

 You can read the article in full here.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details

 The application opens on May 1st and closes on October 17th.

 Check out these upcoming webinars:

Webinar: Introduction to Fulbright Online 03-19-2013 Webinars
Webinar: Meet Some Alumni Online 03-27-2013 Webinars
Webinar: Q&A – Application Components Online 04-10-2013 Webinars
FPA Webinar: Intro to Fulbright / What’s New Online 04-24-2013 FPA Workshops
Webinar: What’s New in Fulbright Online 05-01-2013 Webinars

 To learn more about Fulbright click here

U.S Department of Health & Human Services Office of Small and Disadvantageed Business Utilization

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the
Secretary (OS), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
(OSDBU) provides information for Minority Institutions of Higher Education
(MIHE) that are interested in doing business with the Federal Government.
This workshop was created to help MIHEs 1) become familiar with
processes and procedures associated with federal government
contracting; and 2) to identify and pursue contract opportunities with HHS.
The objective of these workshops is to engage, equip, and inform the
educational institution participants of the federal procurement process so
that they become more effective in pursuing contracting opportunities at
HHS. If you are not a MIHE, but are an educational institution of higher
learning, and you would like to attend, please contact
fedgovconworkshops@d2dinc.com.

The workshop will cover:
Overview of the Federal Market/Procurement Process
Marketing to the Department of Health & Human Services and
Other Federal Agencies
Proposal Development
Price Proposal Development
Overview of Contract Compliance
Please note: the workshop will be conducted in English.
COST: FREE

WORKSHOP DATE & LOCATION
Wednesday, March 6, 2013: School of Pharmacy, University of Puerto
Rico – Medical Science Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

WORKSHOP DATE & LOCATION
Monday, March 11, 2013
College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/REGISTRATION
For more information and to register, please visit http://
fedgovconworkshops.com/calendar/mihe-workshop-calendar/puerto-ricomihe-
workshop
/. Please note that the total registration is limited.

Learn more information here:

HHS MIHE GovCon Workshop March 2013 Puerto Rico (2)

HHS MIHE GovCon Workshop March 2013 Las Vegas (3)

Tenneesee Department of Health Launches Obesity Awareness Campaign at Five Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The Tennessee Department of Health has entered into a grant agreement with five historically black colleges and universities to implement obesity awareness campaigns on their campuses. The campaigns currently underway will reach students and community members at Fisk University and Tennessee State University in Nashville, LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Knoxville College in Knoxville and Lane College in Jackson.

Significant racial and ethnic disparities in the prevalence of obesity exist. In 2011, Tennessee had the sixth highest rate of adult overweight and obesity in the U.S. at 66.5 percent. About two of every three black non-Hispanic adults in Tennessee are overweight or obese. Black non-Hispanic women have the highest rate of obesity among any race or gender group, with approximately one of every two black women in Tennessee being obese.

Learn more here: http://1.usa.gov/YRLyaR

Fox Partners With HBCU’s to Encourage Diversity in Entertainment

Fox recently announced a transformative new partnership with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) designed to further the development of diverse voices across the company’s entertainment businesses. The FOX/HBCU Media Alliance (FHMA) will bring HBCU students, faculty and alumni together with executives from Fox’s media and entertainment businesses in an effort to build a stronger pipeline for students interested in pursuing careers in the film and television industry and advance the careers of HBCU alumni working in media and entertainment across the Fox businesses. 

The initiative will be spearheaded by Fox Audience Strategy, the company’s cross-divisional unit that focuses on advocating diverse perspectives in entertainment. This is just one division of the company that brings you Fox News, Fox Business, 20th Century Fox and programs like The Cleveland ShowAmerican Dad, and Glee.

Learn more about the partnership here

Court Approves Consent Decree to Desegregate Tucson Public Schools

 The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona today approved a consent decree filed by the Department of Justice, together with private plaintiffs and the Tucson Unified School District. The consent decree is a detailed and concrete plan to desegregate Tucson public schools that will provide African-American and Latino students the educational support and programs they need to learn and thrive. 

 The consent decree is the latest step in this longstanding desegregation case, originally filed in 1974.  The United States intervened in the case in 1976.  In 2012, the court asked the parties to develop a plan to desegregate the district. After extensive negotiations, the parties jointly submitted the four-year plan requiring the district to undertake a robust set of measures to comply with its longstanding obligations to desegregate its schools.  The consent decree touches on nearly every aspect of school operations and lays a strong foundation for a high quality educational environment for all students. 

 “The plan approved by the court today is a game-changer for the children of Tucson,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “It reflects the collective efforts of families and educators in Tucson, and the strong collaboration of the parties in this case, to forge a new path forward for the Tucson public schools.”  

 The consent decree will ensure that the district:  

  •  Implements a range of student assignment and transportation strategies to promote integration;
  •  Builds and supports a diverse community of teachers and administrators;
  •  Establishes culturally responsive curricula to engage and increase the academic achievement of African-American and Latino students;
  • Promotes a safe and inclusive school environment through effective and supportive school discipline policies;
  •  Provides all students with increased access to advanced academic opportunities;
  • Strengthens programs to support the academic success and engagement of African-American and Latino students;
  • Develops and implements training and professional development to support culturally responsive learning environments;
  • Engages students, families and communities in school programs and activities;
  • Conducts ongoing monitoring and data-driven evaluations of its desegregation efforts, and submits regular compliance reports. 

 The racial desegregation of schools is a top priority of the Civil Rights Division.  The United States is involved in nearly 200 racial desegregation cases in school districts around the country.  Additional information about the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is available on its website at www.justice.gov/crt.

Media Sales Institute (MSI) at Florida A&M University

What is the MSI?

The Media Sales Institute (MSI) at Florida A&M University is a national training and career placement program for graduating seniors interested in media sales careers with local and national companies. The curriculum for this intense 10-day program is designed to provide talented individuals of diverse backgrounds an entrée into media sales.

Recruiters attend the MSI each year ready-to-hire for entry-level positions in reputable companies across the United States. Previous recruiters include: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC Universal, Gannett, Clear Channel Radio, Comcast, COX, Cumulus Broadcasting, KATZ Media Group, Sinclair Broadcasting…and more! Top executives and CEOs in the industry serve as faculty and train participants in sales across several platforms, including: radio, television, cable, print, digital, and Internet.

Visit: http://themsi.net to watch a short video and learn more about the institute from:

–       The Sponsors

–       The Inaugurating Dean

–       Presenters

–       Recruiters

–       Candidates

Deadline: April 15, 2013

Download Application www.famu.edu/SJGC

Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Divisions and Directorates has as one of its goals to educate and prepare a diverse and able Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce who are motivated and prepared to participate at the frontiers of research and innovation. The Engineering Directorate (ENG) supports the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of engineering graduates, particularly those with advanced degrees, and contributes to enhancing the ability of early career faculty members to succeed in their careers as researchers, innovators, and educators through its Broadening Participation in Engineering Program (BPE).

The Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE) solicitation is one element of the BPE program and is specially designed to promote increased participation of early career faculty in all fields of engineering research and to support the integration of effective diversity and broadening participation strategies in their engineering research, education, and innovation activities. By promoting the development and success of early career faculty with a passion for broadening participation, ENG expects that BRIGE award winners will become champions for diversity and broadening participation of underrepresented groups in engineering throughout their careers.

Full Proposal Deadline(s)(due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): April 29, 2013

Click on the links below for additional information:

Available Formats:
HTML: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13534/nsf13534.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
PDF: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13534/nsf13534.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
TXT: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13534/nsf13534.txt?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Nominate Your Mentor for the Presidential Award in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is a Presidential award established by the White House in 1995. The purpose of the award is to recognize U.S. citizens or permanent residents and U.S. organizations that have demonstrated excellence in mentoring individuals from groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce. Groups that are underrepresented in STEM include women, people with disabilities, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, as well as individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds and some geographic regions such as urban and rural areas. The PAESMEM program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Nominations for individuals or organizations, including self-nominations, will be accepted until June 6, 2012. Organizational nominees must be affiliated with an U.S. educational institution, U.S. corporation, or not-for-profit organization.

Submissions are accepted through Grants.gov and the National Science Foundation’s FastLane system. For more information, please visit the PAESMEM webpage at NSF.

Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE)

The Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program provides support to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. CREST promotes the development of new knowledge, enhancements of the research productivity of individual faculty, and an expanded presence of students historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

HBCU-RISE awards specifically target HBCUs to support the expansion of institutional research capacity as well as an increase in the production of doctoral students, especially those from groups underrepresented in STEM, at those institutions.

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):
April 22, 2013

For more information click on the links provided below:

Available Formats:
HTML: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13533/nsf13533.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
PDF: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13533/nsf13533.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
TXT: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13533/nsf13533.txt?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click