Morning Briefing – April 20, 2021


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Atlanta University Center schools to require vaccines for fall return to campuses

The Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) member institutions – Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College and the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library – will require all students and members of their faculties and staffs to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of the 2021 fall semester.

We continue to operate with the safety and well-being of our AUCC community at the forefront of our decision-making. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outlines guidance encouraging citizens to understand the importance of getting vaccinated to protect oneself and others as we combat the threat of COVID-19 spreading and producing new variants.  The AUCC member institutions align with this science-based guidance in putting forth this notice. (Atlanta University Center)

HBCUs highlighted in North Carolina ‘Momnibus’ bill

Senate Bill 632 and H 507 are identical bills. They would address issues such as requiring the creation of a funded Social Determinants of Maternal Health Task Force within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the creation of a Maternal Mortality Prevention Grant Program and would require DHHS to work with community-based organizations led by Black women that serve Black birthing people and a historically Black college or university to create an evidence-based implicit bias training program for health care professionals involved in perinatal care. (State of Reform)

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Cornel West criticizes Howard for classic literature curriculum realignment

Cornel West panned the decision of Howard University to eliminate its classics department as a contributor to “spiritual catastrophe.”

Neglecting classical literature is a “terrible act [that] treat[s] Western civilization as either irrelevant and not worthy of prioritization or as harmful and worthy only of condemnation,” West and Classic Learning Test CEO Jeremy Tate wrote in an April 19 Washington Post op-ed. (Daily Caller)

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Four historically Black medical schools address healthcare disparities

The twin crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial justice outrage sparked by the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor convulsed the country last year. While COVID-19 was killing Black Americans at three times the rate of Whites, African Americans and others protested unjustified killings of Black people by police.

The nation’s four historically Black medical schools have labored throughout their existences to address racial disparities in healthcare and garner respect and recognition. Now, though, the 2020 crises and fresh awareness of how Black Americans historically have been mistreated by the healthcare establishment have resulted in large donations to the medical schools, seeding some hope for breakthroughs in narrowing disparities and training more Black physicians. (Managed Healthcare Executive)