Morning Briefing - January 21, 2021


Spelman and IDEAYA Biosciences announce partnerships to develop the next generation of Biotechnology industry leaders

Spelman College and biotech company IDEAYA Biosciences, Inc., today announced a partnership to develop the next generation of African American women leaders in the biotechnology industry.

Through the guiding principles of mentorship and education, the IDEAYA Biosciences / Spelman College Health Science and Biotechnology Program will create a multifaceted learning platform for students pursuing careers in the biotechnology and precision medicine. (Spelman College)

Whataburger & Alabama State announce on-campus food access, clothing closet for students

Whataburger - the Texas-based nationally franchised fast-food chain - recently announced a partnership with Alabama State University to create a facility within the University's campus that will house a resource room, which will include a food pantry, a clothing closet, and other resources for students needing additional support. The Montgomery Food Bank will join Whataburger in supporting the facility so that the ASU resource room's shelves are stocked year-round.   

The company revealed the ASU initiative at the recent groundbreaking ceremony held on January 13, in East Chase for the new Montgomery Whataburger location. The groundbreaking was attended by ASU President Quinton T. Ross, Jr. and Jennifer S. Anderson, executive director of the ASU Foundation. 

“The University is grateful for what Whataburger is doing to help our students with such basic needs as food security and other resources,” said ASU President Ross. “Whataburger's efforts are in line with the University’s focus on student success.” (Alabama State University)

HBCU students wary of more protests

Terrorism has always been a major concern for the United States. However, in recent months domestic terrorism has become an equally high concern due to the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

In an attempt to overturn the results, Trump supporters led a vicious attack on the nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6. Incited by President  Trump himself, the attack prompted the FBI to issue a warning in all 50 states of possible attacks on inauguration day.

Now that President Joe Biden has been sworn into office, some HBCU students are wary for their safety for the upcoming events in D.C. and across the country. (The Famuan)

Morgan State University president offers inauguration poet Amanda Gorman a job

Morgan State University President David Wilson on Wednesday made inaugural poet Amanda Gorman an offer that he hopes she can’t refuse — a job at the prestigious historically Black educational institution he helms.

“Ms. Gorman, I need you as our Poet-in-Residence at the National Treasure, ⁦@MorganStateU,” Wilson tweeted shortly after Gorman’s acclaimed performance of her original poem, “The Hill We Climb.”(Baltimore Sun)


GAO: Education Department Should Ensure Data on TRIO's Effectiveness Are Accurate (Inside Higher Ed)

National leaders discuss dismantling structural racism in higher education, human services and workforce development systems (Kresge Foundation)

Biden revokes Trump report promoting ‘patriotic education’ (Associated Press)

Nevada higher ed system creates COVID-19 mental health task force (Las Vegas Review-Journal)