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Media Coverage


Chris Burt, “4 HBCUs set positive example for LGBTQ+ inclusion on campus.” University Business, December 10, 2020

“New Rutgers CMSI and Human Rights Campaign Report Highlights Ground-Breaking LGBTQ+ Inclusion Efforts at HBCUs.” The Dallas Weekly, December 9, 2020

Dan Alexander, “Rutgers faculty asked to be ‘sensitive,’ skip exams on election week.” New Jersey 101.5, November 2020

Walter Hudson, “White House Initiative on HBCUs Conference Goes Virtual.” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, September 14, 2020

Ann Brown, “Here Are The Top 15 HBCU Endowments Ranked.” The Moguldom Nation, September 14, 2020

Bianca Flowers, “How Black doctors are answering the call to reform medical education and bringing COVID-19 vaccine trials to communities of color.” Market Watch, September 9, 2020

Nathan Hurdy, “Underrepresented In Faculty Jobs: Part of the Problem is Racism Against Black Faculty and Students.” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, August 19, 2020

Sara Weissman, “New Report Explores Recruitment and Retention for Academic Couples of Color” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, August 11, 2020

Curtis Clinch, “HRC Launches Virtual Bus Tour for 2020 Election.” Human Rights Campaign, July 27, 2020 

Erika Beras, “Historically Black colleges get a $120 million gift. They need it.” Marketplace, June 18, 2020.

Elizabeth Hlavinka, “Racial Bias in Flexner Report Permeates Medical Education Today,” MedPage Today, June 18,  2020.

Mark Harpern, “Historically Black Colleges Fight for Survival, Reopening Amid Coronavirus Pandemic,” USA Today, June 9, 2020.

“Things will only get tougher.” With HBCUs on the Brink, Will More Funders Step Up?, Inside Philanthropy, June 1, 2020.

Glenn Kessler, “Trump’s claim that he’s done more for black Americans than any president since Lincoln,” The Washington Post, June 7, 2020.

Sarah Wood, “Rutgers CMSI and The Whether Host Virtual Entrepreneurship Program for HBCU Students,” Diverse, May 5, 2020.

Sarafina Wright-Washington, “For Smaller HBCUs, Coronavirus Could Be Fatal Blow,” Washington Informer, April 22, 2020.

Bruck C.T. Wright, “HBCUs Dig Into Limited ‘Rainy Day Funds’ as Colleges Refund Room and Board Costs Over Coronavirus,” News One, April 2, 2020.

“COVID-19 closures could hit historically black colleges particularly hard,” The Chicago Defender, March 30, 2020.

Janet Kline, “Two Young HBCU Graduates Raise Funds for Students Impacted by COVID-19,” Diverse, April 24, 2020.

Valerie Strauss, “Why the coronavirus crisis could hit historically black colleges and universities especially hard,” The Washington Post, April 7, 2020.

“COVID-19 closures could hit historically black colleges particularly hard,” Philadelphia Tribune, March 26, 2020.

Amaya Woodley, “HBCUs May Be Particularly Devastated by Coronavirus,” Blavity, March 24, 2020.

 HBCU editors, “Why The Coronavirus Crisis Could Hit HBCUs Especially Hard,” HBCU Buzz, April 7, 2020. 

 Bruce C.T. Wright, “HBCUs Dig Into Limited ‘Rainy Day Funds’ As Colleges Refund Room and Board Costs Over Coronavirus,” NewsOne, April 2, 2020. 

 Matt Zalaznick, “Maryland HBCUs eye $577M discrimination settlement,” University Business, March 27, 2020.

 WI Web Staff, “HBCUs Could Face Ruin by Coronavirus,” The Washington Informer, March 27, 2020.

 “Marybeth Gasman”, MenaFN, March 24, 2020. 

 Stepha Poulin, “Student diversity grows, faculty diversity lags,” BG Falcon Media, February 6, 2020.

 Jessica Ruff, “Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions Offers New Internship Program,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, January 30, 2020. 

 Roger Chesley, “Governor’s support of HBCUs laudable, though financial, other struggles continue,” Virginia Mercury, January 6, 2020. 

 Andrew Martinez, “What Will Happen to the Most Vulnerable Student Populations During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis?,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, March 12, 2020.

 Andrew Martinez, “Redefining Access in Higher Education,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, February 27, 2020. 

 “Rutgers Observes Black History Month 2020,” Rutgers Today, February 3, 2020. 

 Kemuel Benyehudah, “The Legacy of Black Collage Practice Endures,” Art Blog,  January 31, 2020. 

 Matt Zalaznick, “How HBCUs can help African American K-12 students,” University Business, January 22, 2020. 

 Janelle Williams, “Clark Atlanta Chose Me,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, January 17, 2020. 

 Sarah Wood, “ Report: HBCU Enrollment Increase is a Result of Current Political Climate,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, October 23, 2019. 

 Richard Vedder, “Is ‘Diversity’ Destroying The HBCUs?” Forbes, November 4, 2019. 

 Matt Zalaznick, “Are HBCUs on the ‘brink of disaster’?” University Business, October 28, 2019. 

 Sarah Wood, “CIEE Fellowship Program Promotes Study Abroad Equity,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, August 28, 2019.

 Nisa Islam Muhammad, “Report: HBCUs produce higher incomes, more prosperity for students,” The Final Call, November 1, 2019.

 Nick Corasaniti, “Cory Booker Bets $100 Billion on Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” The New York Times, December 3, 2019.

 “Report: Majority of HBCUs’ Graduates Earn Middle-Class Incomes,” HBCU Buzz, October 11, 2019.

 Byron Dobson, “Campus Notes: FSU professors invite community to take a physics class,” Tallahassee Democrat, October 6, 2019. 

 Lois Elfman, “Report: HBCUs Produce More Upwardly Mobile Graduate than PWIs, “Diverse Issues in Higher Education, October 1, 2019. 

 Marc Parry, “Despite Obstacles, Black Colleges are Pipelines to the Middle Class, Study Finds. Here’s Its List of the Best,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 30, 2019.

 David Pluviose, "Report examines MSI study abroad disparities," Diverse Issues in Higher Education, June 25, 2019.

 Alexis Rogers, "What is higher education doing to close the diversity gap in campuses?" Al Dia News, April 26, 2019.

 Kurtis Less and Jaweed Kaleem, "As historically black colleges struggle Bennett College for women fights to stay afloat," LA Times, April 22, 2019.

 Steve Dubb, "Bennet College: A new form of stakeholder save for a nonprofit institution," Nonprofit Quarterly, April 18, 2019.

 Jillian Berman, Was there a Beyoncé bump in applications to black colleges?" MarketWatch, April 19, 2019.

 LaMont Jones, "Equity chase: Efforts narrow racial disparities in college study abroad," Diverse Issues in Higher Education, April 17, 2019.

 Ryanne Persinger, "Lincoln University is looking up," The Philadelphia Tribune, April 9, 2019. 

 Sarah Hoover, "Losing students and funds, Cheyney University continues striving for accreditation," WHYY, March 4, 2019.

 Alina Tugend, "Seeking a Haven in H.B.C.U.s and Single Sec Colleges," The New York Times, February 21, 2019. 

 Natalie Schwartz, "Bennet College raises 8.2M in campaign to keep accreditation," Education Dive, February 5, 2019.

 Iliana Hagenah, "Social media campaign helps save one of the last historically Black women's college," CBS News, February 5, 2019.

 Lamont Jones, "Harris-Perry Draws Support in Beef with Wake Forest," Diverse Issues in Higher Education, January 25, 2019.

 Monica Levitan, “New Brief Offers Suggestions for AANAPISI Grant Program Directors to be Successful,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, January 7, 2019.


  • Scott Jaschik, “Marybeth Gasman and Her Center Move to Rutgers,” Inside Higher Ed, December 7, 2018.
  • Jamal Watson, “Marybeth Gasman to Join Rutgers Faculty,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, December 6, 2018. 
  • Andrew Martinez, “Mentorship That Keeps Giving,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, December 1, 2018
  • Marc Parry, “A ‘Long Overdue Conversation’: Do Universities That Benefited From Slavery Owe a Debt to Black Colleges?” The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 28, 2018.
  • Brendan Lowe, “40% of America’s Public Schools Don’t Have a Single Educator of Color. How the New Nonprofit BranchED Is Looking to Rethink That Minority Teacher Pipeline,” The 74, November 26, 2018.
  • Andrew Martinez, “Why Representation Matters in the Professoriate,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, November 19, 2018.
  • Tiffany Pennamon, “Examining the Role of TCUs in Native Student Success and Retention,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, November 16, 2018. 
  • George Anders, “LinkedIn Top Voices 2018: Education,” LinkedIn, November 13, 2018.
  • Marybeth Gasman, Motherhood and academia can — and should — mix, The Hechinger Report, October 30, 2018. 
  • Delece Smith Barrow, "As more Latinos go to college, schools vie to become Hispanic Serving Institutions," The Hechinger Report, October 16, 2018.
  • Marc Tracy, "White Kickers and Punters at Black Colleges Are a Thing," New York Times, October 5, 2018.
  • Jeremey Bauer-Wolf, "Bias Against Female HBCU Players, Study Reveals," Inside Higher Ed, September 28, 2018.
  • Elizabeth Redden, "HBCU Students Abroad," Inside Higher Ed, September 11, 2018. 
  • Dian Schaffhauser, "Innovative Presidents Finding Ways to Use Social Media for Student Engagement," Campus Technology, August 13, 2018.
  • Sarah Wood, "Penn Program Preps Future MSI Presidents," Diverse Issues in Higher Education, August 10, 2018.
  • Jenice Armstrong, "When a white woman from Old City wears a Black Lives Matter t-shirt in Cherry Hill,", August 9, 2018. 
  • Leslie Taylor, "CIEE and CMSI Celebrate the 2018 Frederick Douglass Fellows,"Idaho State Journal, August 6, 2018.
  • James Paterson, "Using social media, social justice to boost presence," Education Dive, July 26, 2018. 
  • Rick Setlzer, "Survey: Presidents at Minority Serving Institutions Can Engage More with Students on Social Media," Inside Higher Ed, July 26, 2018.
  • Tiffany Pennamon, "Report Explores Presidential Engagement at Minority Serving Institutions," Diverse Issues in Higher Education, July 25, 2018.
  • Tiffany Pennamon, "New Report Explores Florida's Minority Serving Institutions," Diverse Issues in Higher Education, July 17, 2018.
  • Alexander C. Kafka, "Meet This One-Woman Career Launchpad," The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 11, 2018.
  • Alina Tugend, “How Serious Are You About Diversity Hiring,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 17, 2018. 
  • Maya Rhodan, “A New Era of Protest Is Energizing Historically Black Colleges and Universities. But There Are Challenges,” Time, May 23, 2018. 
  • LaMont Jones, “Incidences of Campus Racial Intolerance Spark Calls for Change,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, May 10, 2018. 
  • Lindsay Ellis, “A third act: High expectations surround Ruth Simmons’ presidency at Praire View A&M University,” Houston Chronicle, May 3, 2018. 
  • Noah Weiland, “Howard University Stares Down Challenges, and Hard Decisions on Black Colleges,” The New York Times, April 26, 2018.  
  • Ellie Bothwell, “US student enrollment growth to ‘decline over next decade’,”Times Higher Education, April 24, 2018. 
  • Travis Fain, “In wooing Amazon, North Carolina offers HBCUs as diversity fix,”WRAL, April 22, 2018.
  • Eric Stirgus, “Raising black student enrollment at UGA still a challenge,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 21, 2018.
  • Herbert L. White, “Opportunity and challenges integral to HBCUs’ legacy,” The Charlotte Post, April 11, 2018.
  • Marybeth Gasman, “Howard University student protest: 3 questions answered,”The Conversation,  April 5, 2018. 
  • Lindsay Ellis, “Renu Khator —and her Twitter account—top new college ranking,” Houston Chronicle, March 30, 2018. 
  • Tiffany Pennamon, “Stellar Academic and Business Leader Tapped to Lead Whittier College,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, March 28, 2018.
  • Lois Elfman, “Study Reports EWide Gender Disparity Among MSI Presidents,”Diverse Issues in Higher Education, March 27, 2018.
  • Felicia Mello, “At California’s top public universities, why a dearth of Latino professors matters,” CALmatters, March 14, 2018.
  • Clint Smith, “Why Historically Black Colleges Are Enjoying a Renaissance,” National Geographic, March 13, 2018.
  • Adam Harris, “Black College Renaissance: Students are once again flocking to HBCUs,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 4, 2018.
  • Janelle L. Williams, “HBCUs: For Colored Kids When Predominantly White Institutions Aren’t Enough,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, March 1, 2018. 
  • Andrew Kreighbaum, “HBCUs and the Trump Administration,” Inside Higher Ed, February 28, 2018.
  • Susan Svrluga, “Well-known advocate to lead White House board on historically black colleges,” The Washington Post, February 27, 2018.
  • Jason Gonzales, “Enduring HBCUs rising for changing students needs,” USA Today, February 14, 2018. 
  • Ernie Suggs, “HBCUs: Born in the North needed in the South,” MyAJC, February 8, 2018. 
  • Tiffany Pennamon, “PBS Documentary Examines History of HBCUs: ‘Tell Them We Are Rising,’” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, February 6, 2018. 
  • “6-year graduation rates at many HBCUs lower than 20 percent,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 29, 2018. 
  • Kate Payne, “HBCU Profiles: The Story Behind Edward Waters College’s Graduation Rates,” WFSU News, January 24, 2018. 


  • William Douglas, “Schools helping minorities threatened with less federal funding”, The Wichita Eagle, December 12, 2017.
  • Nick Roll, “Why is the NFL Giving Millions to UNCF,” Inside Higher Ed, December 5, 2017. 
  • Andrew Kreighbaum, “GOP Seeks to Shift Accountability for Colleges,” Inside Higher Ed, December 4, 2017. 
  • Joseph Hong, “Minority-Serving Institutions Anxious Over Tax Bill,” Diverse Issues in Education, December 3, 2017. 
  • Melissa Korn, “Higher Education Bill Tightens Accountability Rules for Minority Schools,” The Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2017. 
  • Marybeth Gasman, "If Cheyney University is going to survive, leaders must be OK with making people angry," The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 20, 2017. 
  • Jason Gonzales, "Tennessee’s black colleges see uptick in enrollment as part of national enrollment surge," Tenneseean, November 15, 2017.
  • Susan Snyder & Nancy Phillips, "How one historically black college changed its fortune,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 15, 2017.
  • Walter Hudson, “Judge Calls for Meditation in Maryland Legal Case,” Diverse Education, November 12, 2017. 
  • Ryanne Persinger, “Freshman enrollment at HBCUs sees uptick,” The Philadelphia Tribune, November 2, 2017.  
  • Robin White Goode, “HBCU Enrollment Skyrockets,” Black Enterprise, October 27, 2017. 
  • Jacqueline Laurean Yates, “Homecoming’s deep meaning at an HBCU: ’Stand confidently in a crowd where you’re the majority’,”Yahoo Lifestyle, October 27, 2017.
  • Amy Scott, “Students flock to historically black colleges where they feel welcome,” Marketplace, October 24, 2017. 
  • Daniel Blake, “Two Higher Education Goals Deferred,” Diverse Education, October 18, 2017. 
  • Ryanne Persinger, “Enthusiasm surrounds Morehouse’s pick for president,” The Philadelphia Tribune, October 17, 2017. 
  • Eric Stirgus, “He couldn’t afford Morehouse; now he’ll be its president,”MyAJC, October 16, 2017.
  • Delece Smith-Barrow, “How Faculty Diversity Can Impact the College Years,”US News, October 4, 2017. 
  • Marybeth Gasman & Andrés Castro Samayoa, “Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Fostering Familial Learning Environments for Student Success,”Higher Education Today, October 4, 2017. 
  • Kenya Downs, “How do tensions with the White house impact HBCU diversity?,” PRI, October 3, 2017. 
  • Anant Agarwal, “Education experts share the best books they’ve read about teaching,” The Washington Post, September 28, 2017.
  • Eugene Scott, “Trump’s pick to head his HBCU initiative has no HBCU experience,” The Washington Post, September 19, 2017.
  • Michael Harriot, “Trump Appoints Unqualified HBCU Chief ... Then Skips Town,” The Root, September 19, 2017. 
  • Madeline Will, “Can Minority-Serving Colleges Help Create a More-Diverse Teaching Force?,” Education Week, September 19, 2017.
  • Andrew Kreighbaum, “Mixed Reactions to New Head of HBCU Initiative,” Inside Higher Ed, September 19, 2017.
  • William Douglas, “Black colleges finally get a White House voice,” McClatchy DC, September 18, 2017
  • Christopher Quinn, “Trump appoints chief of HBCU initiative,” My AJC, September 18, 2017. 
  • Joseph Hong & Jamaal Abdul Alim, “New Executive Director of White House Initiative on HBCUs Receives Mixed Critiques,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, September 17, 2017.
  • Anita Kumar and Williams Douglas “White House scales back HBCU event amid protests over Trump’s actions,” The News Tribune, September 15, 2017.
  • Gia Savage, “New Report Brings Facts to Light on Minority Serving Institutions,” Diverse issues in Higher Education, September 6, 2017. 
  • Kelly Heinzerling, “This new program at Penn provides mentorship for leaders of minority institutions,” The Daily Pennsylvanian, September 6, 2017.
  • Adrian Broaddus,  “Douglass fellowship proves life changing for student,” The Prospector, August 29, 2017. 
  • Louis Bolling, “UPenn Center brings together researchers and practitioners from Minority Serving Institutions,” The HuffPost, August 22, 2017
  • Jamaal Abdul-Alim and Gia Savage, “HBCU and Congressional Leaders Push Trump Administration to Fill Key Post,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, August 13, 2017.
  • Chloe Reichel, “Exploring History of Black Colleges and Universities,” Vineyard Gazette, August 10, 2017. 
  • Maria Danilova and Carole Feldman, “AP Interview: DeVos says she didn’t decry racism enough,”  The News & Observer, August 9, 2017. 
  • Danielle Chemtob, “How N.C. HBCUs rank based on grads’ median income levels,” Triangle Business Journal, August 8, 2017.
  • Ryanne Persinger, “Cheyney backers seek to keep legacy afloat,” The Philadelphia Tribune, August 4, 2017.
  • Adam Harris, "Morehouse College Faculty Votes No Confidence in Board Chair," The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 29, 2017.
  • Marybeth Gasman, "At Morehouse: When college boards of trustees won’t let presidents do their jobs," The Washington Post, March 28, 2017. 
  • Cartherine Morris, "Morehouse No-confidence Vote Aimed at Checking the Board," Diverse Issues, March 27, 2017.
  • Aminata Sy, “We are not an exception,” 34th Street Magazine, March 23, 2017.
  • Jamal Eric Watson, “Partnership Aims to Boost LGBTQ Inclusion at HBCUs,” Diverse, March 22, 2017.
  • Benjamin Wermund, “DeVos seizes the moment on school choice,” Politico, March 19, 2017.
  • Cleeve Wootson, “A Republican Senator Defended DeVos at a Town Hall. Boos Drowned Her Out.” Washington Post, March 19, 2017.
  • Ryanne Persinger, “Two Years Later, Search Continues for Lincoln University President,” Philadelphia Tribune, March 7, 2017.
  • Anemona Hartocollis and Noah Weiland, “Campus Backlash after Leaders of Black Colleges Meet with Trump,” The New York Times, March 4, 2017.
  • “HBCU Listening Sessions at White House: Very Little Listening,” Our Time Press, March 3, 2017.
  • Napoleon Moses, “Omarosa Has Helped HBCUs,” Diverse, March 3, 2017.
  • Rick Seltzer, “Walking Papers at Morehouse,” InsideHigherEd, January 18, 2017.
  • Eric Stirgus, “Morehouse president ‘disappointed’ by board’s decision to replace him,” The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, January 17, 2017.
  • Rick Seltzer, “Scrutiny of New Koch Grant,” Inside Higher Education, January 13, 2016.
  • Solomon Jones, “Faculty Diversity,” Solomon Jones Radio, January 9, 2017.
  • Michael Smerconish, “Faculty Diversity,” Smerconsish, SiriusXM, January 13, 2017.
  • Vibha Kannan, “ highlights Penn Professors work on faculty diversity,” Daily Pennsylvanian, January 7, 2017.
  • Sue Synder, “Penn Professor Called Out Her Racist Dad, Now She’s Taking Aim at Faculty Hiring,” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 6, 2017.
  • Ernie Suggs, “Talladega College band says yes to Trump inaugural parade,” Atlanta Journal Constitution, January 5, 2017.
  • Harvard EdChat, “Faculty Diversity in Higher Education,” podcast for Harvard University EdChat, January 5, 2017.
  • Catherine Morris, “Talladega College: We’ve not Committed to Trump Inauguration,” Diverse Issues, January 4, 2017.
  • Gary Stern, “Pathways to the Professoriate Program Helps Guide Latino Students from Ph.D. to the Professoriate,” Insight Into Diversity, January 2017.


  • William Douglas, “Donald Trump and Black Colleges are Getting to Know Each Other,” McClatcy News, December 21, 2016.
  • Emily Siner, “Fisk University Embraces 150 Years of History but Wants to Move Past Financial Troubles,” National Public Radio, December 20, 2016.
  • Andrew Kriegbaum, “The Focus Group that Wasn’t,” Inside Higher Education, December 20, 2016.
  • Jamal Eric Watson, “After Alabama State Ouster: Gwendolyn Boyd Stands Firm on Record,” Diverse, December 19, 2016.
  • Jamal Eric Watson, “Initiative Launched to Develop Aspiring Presidents of Minority Serving Institutions,” Diverse, December 14, 2016.
  • Danielle Douglas Gabriel, “United Negro College Fund: HBCU Students are Shouldering Heavy Debt Burdens,” Washington Post, December 15, 2016.
  • Tommy Meade, “An Inside Look at Why Enrollment at HBCUs Across the Country is on the Rise," HBCU Buzz, December 3, 2016.
  • Tracy Clemons, “Inside HBCUs: A Look at Why Enrollment is on the Rise at HBCUs,” ABC13 Houston, December 1, 2016.
  • G. Trudeau, “Improved Safety, Recent Success Help HBCUs Grow Across the Country,” CW39 Houston, December 1, 2016.
  • Lauren Sorantino, “What Penn Professors Think of Trump’s Education Secretary,” Daily Pennsylvanian, November 30, 2016.
  • Sue Snyder, “With Contract Extension, Gutmann to Become Longest Serving President in Penn’s History,” Philadelphia Inquirer, November 30, 2016.
  • Ed Yong, “Science’s Minority Talent Pool is Growing  -- but Draining Away,” The Atlantic, November 30, 2016.