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TU-USAID Agreement: Fostering New Collaborations in International Development

On January 31st, 2022 Tuskegee University was visited by Samantha Power, Administrator for The U.S Agency for International Development (USAID),  for the signing of a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) titled “Memorandum of Understanding for collaborative leadership, partnership, and recruitment activities between The United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security and Tuskegee University.”  This MOU will foster new collaborations between the two parties over the next four years, promoting international development and assistance while advancing diversity and inclusion, by providing access to learning and employment opportunities for TU students and faculty. This new collaboration will […]

Making Tuskegee the #1 HBCU: Introducing Provost S. Keith Hargrove

On Friday January 28th, we had the privilege of sitting down for an elaborate interview with our new Provost & Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost), Dr. S. Keith Hargrove. Provost Hargrove was remarkably warm and generous in the interview, giving us the opportunity to ask all our questions. He emphasized the top of his agenda is to implement Tuskegee University’s five-year strategic plan under the leadership of President Morris and to make us the number-one ranked HBCU by the end of this period. He also emphasized his commitment to engaging both the faculty and student body and promised […]

Our Vacant Buildings: Preserving Tuskegee University’s Tangible Heritage

Walking around the campus of Tuskegee University, one cannot help but notice the many vacant buildings surrounding them. Students can be seen walking in and out of Thompkins Hall, while the architecture of Carnegie Hall stands idly by, waiting to be used. The Yard, which is notably the confluence of the campus, is surrounded by buildings that are both online and offline. The campus is therefore a mixture of buildings; buildings that are alive, full of students and faculty, and the skeleton of what the vacant buildings used to be. This is extremely alarming due to the rich history of […]

Dean Prakash: An Advocate for Arts and Sciences

Tuskegee University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is the largest college across the university. It houses a diverse range of departments. It covers some of the most foundational fields of science/knowledge, encapsulated in its name Arts and Sciences. To get a better grasp of what is going on in CAS, we sat down with Dr. Prakash, Dean of the College, for an interview about the state of CAS. Thinking about the job description of a college dean, many may imagine someone sitting at a fancy, dark brown desk, making decisions concerning the educational well-being of the college. However, after […]

HBCU Vs. PWI Homecomings: The Importance of Black Culture

Recently the university administration announced that in order to ensure the safety of students and alumni, the 2021-2022 homecoming would be a virtual event for alumni and student events would be held at limited capacity. In addition to all events being virtual, only current students will be allowed into the homecoming game. While this situation is not ideal, it is a major improvement from the previous year of no homecoming at all. In the months leading up to homecoming, I had the opportunity to attend the homecoming of a large midwestern PWI, and from this new experience I was able […]

Dr. Karanam: The Man Who Chose to Fight Cancer for Others

When it comes to the history of medical research, Tuskegee’s name is often associated with the infamous Tuskegee Experiment (Syphilis Study). Today, by contrast, Tuskegee University is taking the lead in using medical research to serve the African American community. World-class scientists and researchers are furthering research that targets to improve the health and well-being of minority populations. In a series of stories, we intend to feature the work of our scientists. In the present story, we introduce Professor Balasubramanyam karanam, a leading scientist who studies common cancers in the black community and targets to develop drugs for them. Professor, […]

“Why Doesn’t Tuskegee Have a Walmart?” Understanding Underdevelopment of Tuskegee

Attending Tuskegee University comes with a litany of unique experiences, students are coming from all over America and sometimes all over the world and thrust into a brand new environment that may be vastly different from their hometowns. While difference in experience comes with a vast amount of pros/benefits such as: a Black majority in the community and university, a rich history, HBCU life and Culture, the southern experience, and so on, it can also come with some cons and one of the main cons about the area and University can be summed up in one simple phrase, “Why doesn’t […]

From HBCU to Ivy League: The Impact of an HBCU Education

When she graduated from Clark Atlanta University with her Bachelor’s degree in Communications, she was the first person in her family to graduate from an Historically Black University. “While walking across the stage, I felt that I was not only taking that stride for my future legacy, my daughter who would later go on to graduate from Clark Atlanta University, but for all of my community who wished that they had the same opportunity to receive an education from such an excellent institution. It was one of the proudest moments of my life, but I knew that I was just […]

Least Likely to Teach: Student Overcomes Disability, Pursues Career in Teaching

Valencia Winston was the daughter of two educators, but was not the expected straight-A student. She hated school due to her challenges from a learning disorder known as dyslexia. According to Child Mind Institute’s Understanding Dyslexia and How to Help Kids Who Have It, “Dyslexia is a disability where one’s brain has trouble processing both letters and words.” While Dyslexia is not a reflection of a person’s intelligence level, this has led dyslexia to become widely associated with difficulty learning to read, write and spell. Despite these odds, Winston overcame her disability and ended up with a successful career in […]

Special Greetings to the class of 2021

  Greetings:   As Mayor and on behalf of the City Council, we are pleased to welcome the freshmen and returning students to Tuskegee University and the greater Tuskegee/Macon County community. The Tuskegee community is a significant part of your experience as you matriculate at Tuskegee University and we solicit your involvement and active participation in governmental and community affairs. Student input is a key component in our overall community planning for provision of services. We have a regular place on our City Council Agenda for input from TU SGA, students, and other campus representation. We encourage you to contact us if […]