Career And Education
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – This fall, the Department of Education plans to announce changes to PLUS loans that officials say will make it easier for parents to qualify for the financial aid program that thousands of Black college students rely on every semester. In an effort to combat a rising number of parent loan defaults in 2011, the department began to enforce more strict borrowing guidelines, a move that disproportionately affected Black parents, especially ones that lost homes and jobs and were burdened by high levels of debt incurred during the Great Recession.
Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com) – Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), 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 more than 265,000 members in approximately 986 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Africa.
Comedian/Actress Cocoa Brown Joins Author Angela Clay to Co-Host the 5th Annual “Loving The Me I See” Girls’ Self-Esteem Workshop
DALLAS, TX — Get ready for an empowering day at the Fifth Annual “Loving The Me I See” Girls’ Self-Esteem Workshop on Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Worldwide visionary and self-esteem enthusiast Angela Clay (www.angelaclay.com), the inspirational author and creator of “Loving The Me I See” (LTMIS), is delighted that comedian/actress Cocoa Brown (www.cocoabrown4life.com) of Tyler Perry’s “The Single Moms Club”, will co-host the empowering self-esteem workshop for pre-teen and adolescent girls at the Richardson Civic Center in Richardson, Texas.
PASADENA, Calif. – Lauren Joichin Nile dreams of a world in which humanity replaces racism with love for one another. Her book RACE: My Story & Humanity’s Bottom Line addresses her personal experiences with racism, the biological oneness of humanity, the history of racism, many of the present-day effects of historical racism on both Americans of Color and Europeans, and the possibility of a human future that is evolved beyond racism toward empathy and compassion. “I would love the book to open as many minds and soften as many hearts as is humanly possible for the heightened consciousness and ultimate evolution beyond racism, of the entire human species,” Nile said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) today notified 96 Alabama school systems that their enrollment practices violate federal prohibitions against denying or discouraging the enrollment of children based on their immigration status or that of their parents. In many cases, school enrollment forms require a Social Security number or a U.S. birth certificate, without explaining that such disclosure, under federal law, is voluntary and not necessary for enrollment. The SPLC also urged Alabama School Superintendent Thomas R. Bice to ensure that all schools within the state’s 135 districts comply with federal mandates by the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.
Author provides academicians with an effective guide for an American Indian Studies Program in colleges and universities. TUCSON, Ariz., May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- True to its mission statement, the American Indian Studies Program Guide presents a conceptual framework for students to gain knowledge of a spiritual, ecological and holistic way of life that has existed for thousands of years in Native North America. Through this book, Dr. Byron Lee Blackwell provides an outline for college educators and administrators to develop degree programs focusing on American Indian Studies, with an eye toward creating leaders for Indian communities.
Everyone loves to talk about their successes, and bookstores are loaded with volumes about how to achieve success. Seminars and workshops teach people how to succeed at work, at love, at weight loss, at fitness, and at life in general. Experts are ready to tell you exactly how to live your life, from when to get up in the morning and what to eat for breakfast to how to ensure a good night’s sleep, in order to succeed. But there is one detail no one likes to dwell on, although it is essential to success. That is failure. For many, discussing failure is taboo.Is true success the ability to keep learning from your failures and trying again? How can one do that? These are the questions tackled by Eric McNeal in his just released book Diary of a Failure: The Art of Failing Your Way to Success.
Study suggests unhealthy classroom climate is contributing factor
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Depression in preschool teachers is associated with behavioral problems ranging from aggression to sadness in children under the teachers’ care, new research suggests. The study identified one contributing factor to this link: a poor-quality atmosphere in the child care setting that exists as a result of the teacher’s depressive symptoms. In this study, “teacher” refers to both classroom instructors and in-home child care providers. Researchers conducted the study using data from a large national study that collected family information primarily from low-income, single-mother households.
In RIP! A REMIX MANIFESTO filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers. The film’s central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs. But is Girl Talk a paragon of people power or the Pied Piper of piracy? Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, Brazil’s Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride. Which side of the ideas war are you on? Find out after watching RIP!
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