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Duke University Renames Iconic Building to Honor First Black Women to Attend the School

For the first time in its campus history, Duke University will name one of its iconic buildings after a Black woman. Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke — one of the “First Five” undergraduate Black students to enroll at the university in 1963 — will have her name on the university’s sociology-psychology building, which will now be known as the Reuben-Cooke Building, according to CNN . Duke President Vincent E. Price reveals the building itself predates the campus’ integration by about 30 years, but will now bear her name and the significance behind it as one of the university’s pioneers. “This historic decision reflects Professor Reuben-Cooke’s leadership as one of the first five Black undergraduates at Duke, her extraordinary career as an attorney, law professor, and university administrator, and her long service as a trustee of both Duke University and The Duke Endowment,” Price said. During her earlier years, Reuben-Cooke was active in the civil rights movement while she was also attending...

Sep 29, 2020

Research Reveals Black Women Wearing Natural Hairstyles Are Less Likely to Get Job Interviews

Though natural hairstyles are more popular these days, Black women who wear styles like curly afros, twists, or braids are less likely to get job interviews, reports CNN . A study — which has yet to be published — conducted by researchers from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business reports that participants deemed natural hairstyles as unprofessional. Researchers selected hundreds of people from various racial backgrounds to score potential job candidates for competence, professionalism, among other things. As a result, the findings show that Black women with natural hair scored lower for competence and professionalism compared to Black women with straight hair. In addition, Black women donning natural coifs had lower scores than white women with straight hair and curly hair. Despite companies’ recent efforts to “eradicate racism at systemic and structural levels,” researcher Ashleigh Shelby Rosette — a management professor and a senior associate dean — noted that many biases...

Aug 14, 2020