Nails done, brows done, hair long, dress short, heels high. The Mecca of superficiality that our young girls strive to reach is pursued with the determination and will of an Olympic athlete. Self-esteem and self-image start with the word ‘self’ for a reason. How you feel about yourself and how comfortable you are with yourself are functions of inner, as well as outer beauty. For decades the media has defined beauty for all women by images of tall, thin blondes, lips and eyelashes flawlessly made up, dressed in trendy expensive clothing; with no emphasis placed on inner beauty.
For the sake of helping our young girls form multi-layered views of self by seeing other types of women to emulate, Black America, take your daughters to see Hidden Figures. If you haven’t heard of it, the movie is based on a true story that focuses on the contributions of three amazing, brilliant Black women: Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn. These women played instrumental roles to help launch the first American astronauts into space. The title Hidden Figures signifies the fact that these Black women were, until recently, buried or hidden in history, although as prominent individuals or figures they played major roles by using figures, or numbers. They were mathematicians, each with a special interest and expertise in engineering, physics and computers. They were also mothers and wives during segregation; a time when whites told Blacks where they could or couldn’t go to school and what types of jobs they could or couldn’t do. These intelligent women were given a chance to display their exceptional talents to the world only because white America needed them during the Space Race, a crucial time in this country’s history. Hidden Figures is a depiction of what Black women have consistently done in this country since our arrival in 1619 in Hampton, VA, where coincidentally the first Africans arrived in this country and the events of this movie take place; we have persevered and triumphed despite the unmasked obstacles of physical and metaphorical shackles.
As a young Black girl growing up in Hampton, VA, I realized at a young age that I liked learning. I was curious and I wanted to know how stuff worked. This was normal to me. I was and still am fascinated with gadgets, gears and all things mechanical. I am also interested in science, and formally educated as a Ph.D. physicist. I received a great education in the local school system as far as reading, math and science were concerned. What I didn’t get was knowledge of, or exposure to role models that look like me. I feel robbed of a special type of mentoring that I didn’t get as a Black girl interested in science and math; having access to these Black women mathematicians and scientists who were literally within the same city limits as I was with this phenomenal story to tell, and example to set. They knew it was okay for a young Black girl to want a train set for Christmas or take bikes apart. They also knew that science and math were not just for white men. White men knew it too, but they apparently didn’t want me to know.
With STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) proficiency and interest currently at the forefront of educational priorities, math and coding are focus areas that many organizations are now promoting and supporting, particularly for young Black girls. It IS ok to be curious about numbers, computers and the stars.
This is more than just a movie about math and rockets; it is a torch to be passed to the next generation and the generation after that. Black women like Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn are real, and now the world must acknowledge them and Black girls that follow them.
Take your daughters to see Hidden Figures!
Dr. Trina Coleman is an educator, scientist, entrepreneur, and public speaker. Twitter: @drtlc @mathguistics
WASHINGTON (Dec. 5, 2016)—Because more than half of recent African American college graduates are underemployed and 12 percent are unemployed, UNCF today announced that 24 colleges and universities will receive five-year grants totaling $35.3 million to implement programs to improve employment outcomes for their graduates.
Made possible through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) is a unique pilot program for select historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly black institutions (PBIs) that is helping them enhance career readiness for their 54,000 enrolled students. Many of these students will be the first in their families to earn college degrees. The majority of students are from low-to-moderate income families and must receive federal financial aid to pursue their undergraduate studies.
These colleges and universities submitted proposals that reflect a commitment to strengthening career advising and mentoring, enhancing curricula, and supporting integrated co-curricular engagement. As part of CPI, they will develop a range of academic programs, student internships, industry partnerships, specialty certifications, and faculty development as they forge a new model for career readiness.
A complete list of colleges and universities receiving the grants is attached.
“These colleges and universities show promise in significantly addressing the urgent challenges facing African American college students and graduates,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF president and CEO.
“CPI will help ensure our graduates are prepared for and are hired into high-paying 21st-century jobs,” Lomax said. “With strong CPI results, we will be able to make the case to others to invest in a new model –one that enables minority and low-income students by giving them the knowledge and skills to be competitive in the global marketplace.”
UNCF launched CPI in December 2015 through a rigorous and competitive multi-phased grant process that targeted 87 eligible public and private HBCUs and PBIs. In the first phase, UNCF made planning grants to 30 institutions. In the final phase, UNCF has chosen 24 colleges and universities for implementation grants. Of those schools, 15 institutions will receive individual awards ranging from $1 million to $1.5 million. Nine of the institutions have been selected for three cluster grants, in which each cluster of three institutions will collaborate intentionally to achieve their shared outcomes. Each cluster will receive up to $6 million.
The colleges and universities will reflect their missions as liberal arts institutions while striving to prepare students for 21st-century careers that increasingly demand training in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
HBCUs and PBIs have a long record of developing programs to address problems in the black community. In this tradition, CPI will help the colleges and universities recognize the urgency of ensuring meaningful employment outcomes for students.
A recent Georgetown University study shows that more than 95 percent of jobs created since the Great Recession have gone to workers with at least some college education, primarily high-skill managerial and professional jobs. These findings make it clear that a college degree continues to be─and will increasingly become─the most important economic asset for those who want to succeed in the labor market. For African Americans, who comprise 81 percent of HBCU enrollments and who have historically experienced considerably higher unemployment rates than the national average, having an immersive career preparation experience in college will be of utmost importance to promote income equality and contribute fully to the nation’s workforce needs.
"In the next 10 years, the U.S. could face a shortfall of more than 10 million workers with the postsecondary education and training needed to fill the jobs of the future,” said Anthony P. Carnevale, Director and Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. “If we are to meet the impending shortfall and strengthen the next generation of workers as a whole, we will need to move a minimum of nearly 4 million African American and Hispanic students on to postsecondary success."
Since 2003, Lilly Endowment has provided philanthropic support for Indiana colleges and universities to enable them to design and implement programs that improve career outcomes for their graduates. With insights learned from the Endowment’s grantees in Indiana, UNCF is committed to helping the 24 colleges and universities create a new model for career readiness.
In 2015, UNCF received a $50 million grant from Lilly Endowment to create CPI. In addition to funding planning and implementation grants to colleges and universities, the Endowment’s grant is enabling UNCF to offer technical support and consultation to schools participating in CPI, including conferences to facilitate shared learning among the colleges and universities, and conduct program evaluation.
Although HBCUs represent only 3 percent of all two- and four-year U.S. colleges and universities, they enroll 10 percent of all African American undergraduates, produce 18 percent of all African American college graduates, and generate 25 percent of all bachelor's degrees in STEM fields earned by African Americans annually.
"The value proposition for HBCUs and PBIs remains strong, as these institutions disproportionately produce first-generation, low-income graduates of color," said Lomax. "UNCF and Lilly Endowment are helping to produce new pathways so that these deserving graduates have seamless transitions to meaningful careers. We heartily congratulate the 24 institutions chosen to lead this important work."
About Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is a private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family—J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli—through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with its founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion. Although it maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana, it does support efforts of national significance particularly in the field of religion and on an invitational basis disaster relief and recovery efforts and programs that enhance higher education opportunities for African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans across the country. More information can be found at www.lillyendowment.org.
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark: A mind is a terrible thing to waste®. Learn more at UNCF.org, or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter, @UNCF and #UNCFCPI.
It's called the Jill Stein recount. Dr Stein has raised more than 7 million dollar $ to do this. Just to give you an idea of how huge this is, that's more money than she was able to raise during her whole campaign as the nominee for President of the United States by the Green Party. This is unprecedented in our history. So as with so much else in our election it is time to rethink the unthinkable.
If by chance the 3 state election recount hinged on a 537 vote victory what would happen? This is not pulling out a number randomly. This is the amount that got Bush to take Florida in 2000. So the point that I was getting to was what happens if the recount came back with less than a 1000 vote difference in all 3 states and it was about 400 here, maybe 500 there and maybe 600 there in Secretary Clinton's favor?
Let's take a step back and look at " The DONALD ". He's done his victory speech and dance. He has picked his Chief Advisor and Chief of Staff. He now has the option of getting full, unabridged daily intelligence briefings. Putin is his new BFF and his wife can head to the White House to start measuring curtains and choosing designers. He has totally named and claimed his new career. What if, just what if Donald Trump simply said " I'm not going? " What if Trump's Twitter account just blows up with one defiant " I told you the election was rigged " statement after another and he dug his heels into the front page of the New York Times and said " I'm not going? "
Well historically speaking we go to the Supreme Court and get the final ruling from them. Right? That's what we did in 2000. Well maybe not, not this time. It just so happens that the Supreme Court has had a vacancy since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. So if the court rules along Liberal, Conservative lines we would find ourselves in an unprecedented Constitutional Crises. For the first time in our history we have a leader that has never led whose main advisor ( Steve Bannon ) has never politically advised and has been quoted by the Daily Beast as saying " I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of todays establishment. "
In theory, President Obama could make a recessed appointment and have a Justice on the Court until a new one could be appointed. This would break the tie but a Republican dominated Senate would be most unappreciative. Secondly since every President starting with John Adams who was sworn in by Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth in 1797, has been sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Court. What would happen if Chief Justice Roberts ( a Republican Appointee ) just flat out refused to swear Hilary Clinton in?
Democracy like any other relationship is not judged by how you deal with the good times. It is judged by how you deal with the challenging times.
The Struggle is Never Over,
The Movie Never Really Finishes,
There Is Only Intermission.
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Dr. Trina’s Math Minutes are educational segments that cover the math associated with a variety of real day-to-day physical activities that involve analysis such as time and distance, health and wellbeing, financial matters, and work related topics. The Math Minutes' primary objectives are to raise awareness about math literacy by causing one to pause and ponder when making decisions that involve mathematical components. The endgame is to help contribute to a more mathematically savvy society, one concept at a time.