Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Diverse Letters

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Diverse Letters

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"And Northwestern Makes Seven'" Diverse, Aug. 24

Northwestern's New Black Studies Doctoral Program

As campus coordinator for the UNCF-Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Program (a component of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program), I meet and consult with young people interested in earning a doctorate and teaching at the college level. Northwestern's new doctoral program (including its bidding strategy that brought Darlene Clark Hine to the faculty), signals to undergraduates and faculty members that Black studies can lead to "marketable" skills. Spelman College continues to develop a minor in Africana studies. Northwestern's new program will provide fuel to support the minor and a major!

-Akiba Sullivan Harper

"Educating, Challenging Future Journalists of Color,'" Diverse, Aug. 10

Tackling "GPS"

In reading Richard Prince's article about the lack of grammar, punctuation and spelling among journalism students of color (see Last Word, Aug. 10), I was reminded of my time as editor of the National Society of Black Engineers' magazine. In my capacity as editor, I was often in close contact with our student leaders and the membership at large and, in many instances, was amazed that this group of seemingly smart, motivated kids had such a poor command of what was once called the "Queen's English. …

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