TSU launches Dr. Levi Watkins Meharry Medical and Dental Accelerated Program to prepare more Black Doctors

Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College have launched the Dr. Levi Watkins TSU to Meharry Accelerated Medical and Dental program. Dr. Levi Watkins is a 1966 TSU alumnus and is the first surgeon to successfully implant an automatic defibrillator into a human patient. The device has been used by millions of patients and is still the first-line of treatment and prophylactic therapy for patients at risk for sudden cardiac death due to ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.

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Meet the First Black Male Periodontist Resident at the University of Florida

Dr. Kerwin Scott, DDS, is the first Black male Periodontist Resident at the University of Florida. Dr. Keith Taylor, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Mid-South Dental Implant and Dental Surgery Center, describes his mentee as “Kerwin has to be one of the most respectful but disrespectful people I know. He is headstrong. He is going to do what he wants to do.” Raised by his parents and alongside an older sister and two younger sisters, Kerwin spent his childhood in Milwaukee, WI, with his immediate family and teenage years in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, with his uncle. “My son was a curious child. He was always exploring and has always been a risk-taker. His best attribute is that he can take bad situations and turn them into good ones. He doesn’t let anything break him,” said his mom.

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In Conversation: What Comes Next for HBCUs presented by Unibuddy

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were the first institutions to open their doors to black Americans. The first HBCU was founded in Pennsylvania in 1837 and would later come to be known as Cheyney University.


Today, the prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement and our alumna Vice President have heightened the exposure of HBCUs. They’ve been a clear contributor to the enrollment spike that many of these schools are experiencing, despite the declines that PWIs (Predominantly White Institutions) have endured.
COVID-19 proved that institutions would need to be flexible in their approach to managing the “new normal,” so they turned to online courses, virtual events, and a strong digital-first approach. As the country reopens and life resumes, we want to explore what universities will take with them.


More specifically, we want to know what HBCUs will do to stay agile and continue to thrive.
I had a conversation with Dr. Kara Turner, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success at Morgan State University and Unibuddy.


Watch the full conversation below.

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You need 5 types of people to advance your career.

by Carjamin Scott on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 8:42a EST

As a higher education executive, I am with students and emerging leaders. One night, someone asked me, “How do I find mentorship?” The question made me reflect on my journey. Not that long ago, as I was climbing the career ladder, I was looking for mentorship to reach my career plans. I reached out to leaders on LinkedIn. I sent them emails or asked a friend to introduce me. I was able to talk with most of them. I learned that they all had a career story, and they each created their path to success. However, while looking for a mentor, I realized that I would need much more than mentorship. I learned that I needed five different types of people to level up in my career.

Here are the 5 types of people needed to advance your career.

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