FAMU Professor Awarded Stevens Initiative Grant
Victor Eno, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in the Department of History and Political Science at Florida A&M University (FAMU), is part of a team that has been awarded a grant through the Stevens Initiative. The Stevens Initiative honors the legacy of late Ambassador Christopher Stevens and is an international effort to build global competence and career readiness for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa while growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange – online, international, and collaborative learning. It is funded by the U.S. Department of State and the Bezos Family Foundation, among other donors.
Dr. Eno will be working with partners in a project supporting cross-cultural civic education among students called PAYCE (Palestinian American Youth Civic Engagement). Partners include Al Quds University and An-Najah National University in the Palestinian territories and Drake University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and the University of New Hampshire in the United States.
As a part of the project, two FAMU students, Alexis Jones, a recent graduate from the Master in Applied Social Sciences (MASS) program with a concentration in public administration, and Jeffrey Simmons, a graduating senior political science student, were awarded PAYCE Civic Podcasting Fellowships. They will collaborate with Dr. Eno to lead students in using digital media to learn about civics and share their results cross-culturally with students abroad.
FAMU Participates in the All-American Bowl
Valencia Matthews, Ph.D., dean of the FAMU College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Army ROTC Professor of Military Science Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Escobar, traveled to San Antonio, Texas in support of the United States Cadet Command and to attend the All-American Bowl. As the nation’s premier high school football game, the All-American Bowl serves as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college football stars and an outreach program recognizing the talent of America’s best and brightest band members.
Dean Matthews was selected for the opportunity to jump with the World Champion U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights. Cadets Elijah Casey and Joshua Engram, both FAMU football players and enrolled as cadets in the Army ROTC program, also went to San Antonio for the AAB activities to serve as cadet marshals.
FAMU Alumna to Be Honored with at Black Engineer of the Year Awards
During the Black Engineer of the Year STEM Conference on February 8-10 in Washington, D.C. at the HBCU Dean’s Breakfast on Saturday, February 10, FAMU alumna Tokiwa Smith will be receiving the Educational Leadership Award for K-12 Promotion of Education through the work of her nonprofit SEM Link, which is an
organization that promotes K-12 student career exploration and academic achievement in STEM by connecting them with the STEM community to engage them in hands-on STEM and career exploration activities in their classrooms, communities and out of school.