Dr. Ivory A. Toldson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Professor of counseling psychology at Howard University and author Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D. has been recognized among the nation’s top scholars in education in the 2022 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. The annual list ranks the top 200 scholars based on their influence on academic scholarship and public debate as reflected in old and new media.

The ranking is meant to recognize and encourage scholars who successfully merge education scholarship with policy and practice. A scholar and advocate for education, Toldson’s ranking is emblematic of his longstanding efforts to do just that. The author of numerous publications, Toldson’s 2019 book, “No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear about Black People,” explores how the common data used to make decisions about Black students is misinformed and offers alternative ways to approach the use of data in pursuit of educational equity.

“Today, I’m working with school districts to help them understand data and how data can be used in responsible ways to understand issues of racial injustice and equity in their schools,” said Toldson. “I’m also doing a lot in STEM education, working with HBCUs in particular to make sure that funding for STEM education and research is equitable.”

For five years, Toldson was president of Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network, a nonprofit dedicated to improving education from underrepresented students. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Negro Education and the executive editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Research, published by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. Most recently, he was tapped as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Toldson described his work with the NAACP as “the embodiment of scholar-activisim is national in scope with hyper-local footprint.” To combat the greatest challenges in our education system, Toldson will oversee national strategies to leverage the power of NAACP’s 2,200 local branches and 2.2 million constituents to empower Black learners.

The Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings is in its 12th year of publication and is created by American Enterprise Institute director of education policy studies and Education Week blogger Frederick M. Hess. The ranking metrics are formulated using nine publicly available sources, including Google Scholar, Amazon, Twitter, books, syllabi, press mentions, web mentions, newspaper mentions, and congressional record mentions.

Read more about the 2022 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings here.

About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information, visit www.howard.edu.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Howard University School of Law has been awarded a $10 million grant from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation for the creation and support of the Greene Public Service Scholars Program. The program, a partnership between the foundation and Howard law school, will support and cultivate exceptional law students committed to a career in public service law.

“On behalf of the entire Howard University community, I’d like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Jerome L. Greene Foundation for their generous, transformative $10 million gift to establish the Greene Public Service Scholars Program at Howard University School of Law,” said President Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D. MBA. “Howard law students train here for nurturing, cultural, experience and because they want to be of service to their community. However, expenses can be a barrier to pursuing critical careers in industries like public service. This gift will alleviate the financial burden for our future servant leaders who want to pursue passion over profit.”

The Jerome L. Greene Foundation grant, the largest donation in history of the Howard University School of Law, is an important part of the foundation’s Racial Equity Initiative, which is an investment in the future of American society by providing support to highly qualified Black lawyers committed to public service. Recipients of the Greene Public Service Scholars Program will receive a three-year, full-tuition scholarship. The program will also feature a full program on public interest law, including lectures and other programming as well as mentoring by prominent public interest lawyers. The Greene Scholars will also receive training through Summer placements at large law firms, such as Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison. Four students will receive the Greene Public Service Scholarship each year. The first scholarships will be awarded in Fall 2021 for Howard law students entering the Class of 2024.

“Howard University School of Law is enormously thankful to the Jerome L. Greene Foundation for this grant to create the Greene Public Service Scholars Program,” said Danielle Holley-Walker, dean of the Howard University School of Law. “This gift, the largest in law school history, goes to the heart of Howard law’s mission to create a generation of new attorneys who are lawyer-leaders deeply committed to public service. These scholarships will transform the lives and careers of many of our students, students who choose Howard law because of our commitment to racial justice. These scholarships will relieve student debt and allow our law students to pursue their careers in service to their communities.

“Our hope is that these funds help Howard University School of Law deepen its commitment to educating the best legal minds to work for underserved communities and fight for social justice,” said Chris Mclnerney, president and CEO of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. “The Green Public Service Scholars will acquire advocacy skills, public interest experience, and benefit from exposure to lawyers who have contributed to civil and human rights by deploying the law for positive social change.”

The grant will help to further address the need to expand the number of Black public interest lawyers. According to the American Bar Association, 5 percent of all attorneys across the U.S. are African-American. While a large number of law students enter law students enter law school with the intent of pursing careers in public interest lawyering, many change their minds over time, often because of the staggering price of a legal education. Even at an institution like Howard, where there is a commitment to keeping costs down, public interest salaries have failed to keep up with the increase in law school debt. According to a 2018 press release from the National Association of Law Placement,”… salaries for public service attorneys have risen modestly since 2004, but among attorneys working in civil legal services organizations, as public defenders or local prosecuting attorneys, or as attorneys in public interest organizations, those providing civil legal services have the lowest median entry-level salary, earn the smallest increases in salary based on experience, and have seen the slowest growth in salary levels over the past 14 years. “While median 2018 starting salaries in the private sector ranged from $90,000-$190,000, the median salary in the public sector is $48,000. After five years of practice, that median rises to $205,000 at law firms compared to $54,800 at public interest foundations.

“The generous gift of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation allows talented Howard law students to work in furtherance of their commitments to serving in the public interest and engaging in the fight for social justice, said Carmia N. Caesar, assistant dean of career services, Howard University School of Law. “The greatest need for legal services is on behalf of individuals who rely on free or reduced cost legal services. These are precisely the attorneys that the Greene Public Service Scholars Program will produce. Without the foundation’s support, social justice careers become a privilege attainable only to students with the financial backing to emerge from college and law school without debt. The Greene Public Service Scholars Program returns this right to the passionate, dedicated social engineers who come to Howard University School of Law to advance the human condition.”

For more information about Howard University School of Law, visit http://law.howard.edu.

About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman produces more on-campus African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.

About Jerome L. Greene Foundation
In 1978, Jerome L. Green established the foundation to give back to his native New York and beyond by supporting transformative organizations dedicated to the betterment of society. Today, the foundation furthers his vision by supporting exemplary programs that advances human achievement in science, medicine and the law, and by encouraging tomorrow’s leaders in the arts and social justice.

Six historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) has been named to participate in the Intel HBCU Grant Program. Intel has announced its three-year, $4.5 million program to encourage students to remain in STEM pathways at six historically black colleges and universities.

According to Intel, shaping a more diverse technology requires that we rethink our sources of talent and broaden our recruiting pipeline to access available diverse talent. As part of their commitment this program was introduce.  The participating HBCUs include Florida A&M University, Morgan State University, Howard University, Prairie View A&M University, North Carolina A&T State University and Tuskegee University.

As part of the program, $3.9 million will be awarded directly to the HBCUs and $600,000 will be used for workshops and activities that bring HBCUs and the technology industry together to ensure students are prepared with the relevant skills to enter the tech workforce.

The three-year Intel HBCU Grant Program supports multiyear investments in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering programs, curriculum and labs, and has three components:

  • Scholarships: Two-year scholarships for students from college juniors to Ph.D. – level students with majors in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering.
  • Student Experience: Providing computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering students with opportunities to participate in labs, workshops and research experiences.
  • Tech Industry Workshops: Workshops hosted by Intel that brings together HBCUs and the technology industry to equip students with the relevant skills to succeed in the technology sector.

The Intel HBCU Grant Program resulted from a collaboration between Intel and the HBCUs to address the historic gap in HBCU students pursuing STEM degrees. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that African-American students are more likely to switch out of STEM majors within their first year of college and only 11 percent of bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields are conferred to African-American students.

The Intel HBCU Grant Program is part of Intel’s $300 million Diversity in Technology initiative, which supports Intel’s bold goal of reaching full representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the U.S. workforce by 2020. In support of this goal, beginning in 2015, Intel increased the number of schools at which Intel recruit by 60 percent year over year. Intel also encourage more women and underrepresented minorities to enter and succeed in tech through programs and investments with organizations that include the National GEM Consortium, Georgia Tech, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, CODE2040, and Oakland Unified School District, among others.

Following the success of Intel’s other STEM pathway programs and being named a 2016 Top Supporter of HBCU Engineering Schools by US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine, Intel is excited to kick off their HBCU Grant Program and nurture the next generation of diverse talent that will lead us into the future.

To learn more about Intel’s diversity and inclusion efforts, visit www.intel.com/diversity as well as Intel’s 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report.