Around the industry: Yale names classroom after its first black student

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  • California: Beginning early next year, Sacramento City College will use a $3.9 million grant from the Education Department to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students in STEM programs with the STEM Equity and Success Initiative. The program, which will include  a summer transition program, counseling, individualized education plans, and peer mentoring, is aimed at helping more students earn associate degrees in STEM majors and continue their STEM education at four-year institutions (Kalb, Sacramento Bee, 10/4). 
  • Connecticut: Yale University has named one of its classrooms at the Divinity School after its first black student, James W.C. Pennington. Pennington escaped slavery in Maryland in 1828 and became an abolitionist in New York after attending Yale. He was allowed to attend classes at the university but could not enroll because it was illegal at the time in Connecticut to educate a black person from another state. "They allowed him to sit in on classes, but he couldn't speak, he couldn't ask questions, he couldn't use the library and he couldn't get a degree," says 2016 Divinity School graduate Lecia Allman, who spearheaded the initiative to honor Pennington. "But he took the offer because he wanted the education" (Stannard, New Haven Register, 10/4).  
  • New Mexico: The New Mexico House voted 36-32 last week to approve $41.4 million in budget cuts to higher education, including a $15.5 million cut for the University of New Mexico. Democratic lawmakers objected to a proposed 5.5% cut to higher education. After a long debate, Republicans reduced the cuts to 5% (Boyd, Journal Capitol Bureau, 10/6). 

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