ADVANCING THE CONVERSATION ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY,
AND INCLUSION IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND BEYOND
By 2050, the number of people living in the U.S. who are age 65 and older will be 83.7 million, according to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). As the population ages, an increasing amount will be living with serious, complex, and chronic illness, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states. Medical experts and...
A new study by Mars Veterinary Health (MVH) estimates that 75 million pets in the U.S. will go without health care because of a need for nearly 41,000 additional veterinarians by 2030.  MVH, the world’s largest provider of veterinary care and employer of veterinary professionals, recently published a series of studies to analyze this crisis and find solutions. “We believe the...
Just as telehealth has revolutionized medical care in recent years, the new field of teledentistry stands to forever change the way Americans access oral health care. As with virtual medical services, this form of treatment has been lauded for its ability to expand access to those who are underserved — especially people who are low-income or live in rural...
From emergency department specialists to neurosurgeons, medical professionals at all levels have implicit biases surrounding race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other social differences that can affect the quality of care they provide.  These underlying beliefs can influence the way providers communicate with and about their patients, according to a recent study from the University of Oregon. In a January 2022...
Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. INSIGHT Into Diversity selected institutions that rank in the top tier of Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recipients. In 2013, the field of veterinary medicine gained national attention for being ranked as the least diverse profession...
The University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry (UCLA Dentistry) recently received a $1 million grant from Delta Dental of California to support students who are dedicated to practicing in underserved communities after they graduate.   The gift will endow a new scholarship for future dentists who have demonstrated an interest in serving underrepresented populations and have achieved notable...
In an effort to improve health care inequity in rural areas, Purdue University recently announced that it will expand the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE). The multidisciplinary center was established in 2005 to research the affordability, accessibility, and quality of health care systems in rural Indiana counties and develop evidence-based strategies that can address critical health care needs...
Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM), a historically Black institution, has announced the first recipients of its inaugural scholarship program with IDEXX Laboratories, a corporation that develops, manufactures, and distributes veterinary diagnostic and software products. The three first-year students selected as IDEXX-Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Scholars are Brittany Howard, Justin Hodrick, and Sydney Johnson. The college will...
More than 70 percent of dentists in the U.S. are White, according to the most recent data from the American Dental Association. To address the homogeneity in the field, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry (UAB SOD) recently partnered with Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA), a historically Black Catholic university, to recruit students of color into...
When Keith Whitfield, PhD, assumed the role of president at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2020, he had an ambitious, if somewhat unrealistic, goal to speak with every student on campus — all 30,000 of them. Last month, in support of that vision, he commissioned a digital version of himself that is accessible to anyone at...
Dozens of educational institutions and athletic organizations have changed the names of their mascots and sports teams in recent years in response to demand from Indigenous advocates who have called for an end to the appropriation and mockery of Native American culture. Now, some activists are pointing to the need for an even more thorough reckoning when it comes...
The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) recently announced that locally sourced beef and produce will be available at its on-campus food pantry, Pack Provisions, for students and other campus members experiencing food insecurity. The food will be supplied by Wolf Pack Meats and the Desert Farming Initiative, two agricultural programs of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNR...
A recent report from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) found that 84 percent of student affairs professionals experience a level of stress and crisis management responsiveness that may lead to burnout.  The report, titled The Compass Report: Charting the Future of Student Affairs, also showed that more than 80 percent of those in the field feel underappreciated...
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has announced that it is working to expand existing and create new research partnerships with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) through its HBCU/MI Program. David Honey, deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said it is crucial that the DOD, which has the largest research and development...
This May marks the 16th annual celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, a time to “pay tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who helped form the fabric of American history, culture, and society,” according to the Library of Congress.  One notable event marking this occasion in 2022 is the reopening of the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History...
From major metropolitan cities to rural areas, housing costs across the U.S. have skyrocketed. In 2021, the median home sales price rose nearly 17 percent from the year prior — the highest increase on record since 1999, according to the National Association of Realtors. While the surge in prices is affecting many Americans, college students are finding it especially...
Advocates worry that the new law, while aimed at K-12 education, will also have grave repercussions for the LGBTQ higher education community. On March 28, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s controversial House Bill (HB) 1577 into law. Dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by critics, the legislation states that school districts in Florida “may not encourage classroom discussion about...
Nearly a decade ago, Rose Wong became the face of the movement for transgender students at single-sex colleges after she was denied acceptance in 2013 to Smith College, an all-women’s institution. By sharing her rejection letter with the media, Wong spearheaded a nationwide trend of historically women’s colleges (HWCs) expanding their admissions to accept members of the transgender and...
In its effort to support underserved communities and promote racial equity in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education under the Biden administration released its inaugural equity action plan this week. The new plan highlights the need to address long-standing disparities in educational opportunities throughout all levels of education. Some efforts emphasized by the plan...
Photo of a group of protestors holding signs demanding LGBTQ rights.
On Tuesday, dozens of students at Concordia University Chicago, a Lutheran church-affiliated institution, protested over an alleged culture of homophobia and racism on campus that has created an unwelcoming environment for students of color and LGBTQ individuals. https://twitter.com/writefelissa/status/1513911260370411530 The student organizers joined a forum discussion with administrators inside the school's chapel as part of the demonstration. During the forum, the protesters...
A recent study produced by the Hildreth Institute found that sustained budget cuts to public higher education in Massachusetts have significantly limited educational accessibility for underserved students. The analysis points out that public institutions have become increasingly reliant on student-driven revenue, specifically higher tuition, due to a 20 percent drop in investment from the state since 2001. From then...
Dozens of health care workers at Howard University Hospital participated in a one-day strike on Monday to protest against alleged unfair labor conditions and wage contracts. The District of Columbia Nurses Association, a labor union representing nurses and other health care workers, says the hospital is understaffed and underpays its workers. The strikers   are demanding fair contracts and adequate...
On April 7, Federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson made history by becoming the first Black woman to be appointed to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Senate confirmed her by a 53-47 vote, which largely followed party lines. Once the court begins its next term in October, Jackson will be only the sixth woman and third...
The University of Maryland (UMD) announced Tuesday it will offer Afghan refugee families temporary housing for up to a year in partnership with the nonprofit International Rescue Committee (IRC). UMD will host families that consist of Afghan humanitarian parolees evacuated through Operation Allies Welcome and Special Immigrant Visa holders. All the families that will be staying on campus underwent extensive...
Photo of a graduation cap on a pile of $100 bills
The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that it will extend the student loan payment moratorium through August 31. The payment pause has, to this point, been renewed six times since March 2020 in response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The last extension was scheduled to end on May 1. Almost all borrowers have taken advantage of...
Savannah State University (SSU), a historically Black institution in Georgia, recently received an $830,000 award from the U.S. Department of Education for a new program to diversify the technology industry. The modeling and simulation program will be offered through the university's computer science technology degree track. The program aims to build students' credentials while also helping increase the number of...
On Friday, a federal judge blocked an emergency request to stop Florida colleges and universities from issuing “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” surveys to students and employees. The surveys are part of a controversial bill approved by the Florida legislature and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis last year. The measure requires schools to conduct an “objective, nonpartisan and statistically valid survey”...
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed a bill Wednesday that bans transgender student-athletes from competing in women’s and girls’ sports, making it the fourth state in the country to pass the controversial law this year. The “Save Women’s Sports Act” requires athletes to report their gender assigned at birth when registering for middle school, high school, and collegiate sports in...
Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken released a statement Monday saying the students who protested against a controversial speaker earlier this month engaged in “unacceptable” behavior but did not violate the school's free speech policy. “This is an institution of higher learning, not a town square,” Gerken wrote in a message to the campus community. “ is a professional school,...
Paul J. Currie, a psychology professor at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, is facing criticism after a recent video showed him making offensive and racist comments toward an employee at a drive-thru restaurant. In the video, a man identified as Currie asks a person off-camera if they were born in the U.S. and repeatedly makes references to illegal immigrants. The...
This week, the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees unanimously voted to eliminate SAT and ACT standardized testing requirements from the undergraduate admissions process at all CSU system schools. CSU, the nation’s largest four-year university system, had previously suspended standardized testing requirements throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, citing equity, fairness, and academic hardship concerns. “This decision aligns with continued efforts...
The National College Players Association (NCPA) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday in protest of NCAA Division I schools attempting to cap student-athlete compensation. It alleges that the schools are violating the civil rights of Black players. The complaint states that because a large percentage of student-athletes are Black, capping their earnings would have a...
On Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issued a proclamation declaring Lia Thomas is not the "rightful winner" of the NCAA women's swimming championship. Thomas, a swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), made history last week when she became the first openly transgender woman to win an NCAA Division I title. In the proclamation, DeSantis states that he rejects the...
The FBI announced it has narrowed down the suspects responsible for the majority of the bomb threats made against multiple historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in recent weeks. The news came during a recent congressional hearing on how the government can best support the safety of students, faculty, and staff at HBCUs. Ryan Young, executive assistant director of the FBI’s intelligence...
At a campus demonstration Wednesday, Howard University faculty members threatened to strike in the coming week if the institution does not increase wages for non-tenured, full-time professors and adjunct faculty. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500, which represents more than 350 non-tenured and adjunct faculty at Howard, is leading the movement. Numerous students, alumni, and tenured faculty members...
This week, universities across Louisiana announced the creation of the Louisiana Women in Politics Oral History Project in celebration of Women’s History Month. The initiative is intended to preserve the legacies of women political leaders in Louisiana and serve as a resource for academics and women pursuing political careers in the future. The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at...
On February 25, one day after Russia launched an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, a crowd of students and faculty at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania braved freezing weather to demonstrate their support of Ukrainian sovereignty. The protest was just one of many held at colleges and universities across the U.S. in the days following the initial Russian assault.  Among the demonstrators...
Are higher education accrediting agencies adding diversity, equity, and inclusion requirements to ensure colleges are advancing educational access and workforce balance? Moving the needle on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at institutions of higher education has long been a challenge for senior diversity officers. Financial and human resources can be thin, and at times DEI is just a checkbox for many colleges...
In August 2021, 37 percent of U.S. K-12 teachers surveyed by the National Education Association (NEA) reported that they were considering leaving the profession.  Six months later, that number had grown to 55 percent.  Black and Latinx teachers, who are already underrepresented, were even more likely to say they were considering leaving their jobs. Among all respondents, 90 percent reported burnout...
Activist Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography, a coloring book of traditional African symbols, and a “Sesame Street” special on racism. In 2020, the Central York School District in Pennsylvania voted to ban these, and a slew of other teaching materials, because the subject matter was thought to be too divisive for young students. The ban would eventually be overturned in 2021, but...
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) recently launched an innovative online resource known as the Racial and Social Justice Hub. The new website is “a place to learn, grow, inquire, and share resources with one another that address social injustices and advocate for the preparation of profession-ready educators,” according to an AACTE press release. It offers links,...
A four-month fellowship cohort at the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Center for Educational Partnership will soon begin work on research and outreach efforts to better attract, support, and retain future K-12 educators of color. The center at GVSU was chosen as one of 10 institutions for the 2022 Steelcase Social Innovation Fellowship, which will provide funding to participants...
In recent years, a growing number of schools of education have begun focusing on trauma-informed teaching practices to help educators holistically address negative academic and social outcomes for students. Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread racial injustice, and a host of other major stressors for U.S. youth, these concepts have become more popular, and important, than ever. “When the pandemic...
As of 2021, more than 25 percent of current and former student-athletes reported being sexually assaulted or harassed by someone in a position of power, according to a survey conducted by the nonprofit organization Lauren’s Kids. This startling statistic, along with several highly publicized sexual abuse cases involving coaches, team doctors, and other powerful members of athletic departments at...
Students and supporters say colleges must do more to track hate incidents and create safe, inclusive campus communities. In January, a gunman took four people hostage during a Shabbat service at a Reform Jewish synagogue in the small town of Colleyville, Texas. After the devastating event, Colleyville was just one of dozens of cities nationwide to report that someone in their...
The last year has seen more colleges and universities increase their focus on supplier diversity, with many introducing plans to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts within their procurement offices. Others, such as the University of Kentucky, are bolstering their programs even further by creating staff positions centered solely on strengthening engagement with minority-owned businesses. As supplier diversity programs...
The national six-year college completion rate reached 62.2 percent in 2021, according to a recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC). The new rate is 1.2 percentage points higher than the previous year and 1.5 points higher than two years ago. The data includes “all students who enter postsecondary education for the first time each year, enrolling...
As students and faculty come together on campuses across the U.S. to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, their right to publicly assemble and demonstrate may hang in the balance. In recent months, some state and federal conservative lawmakers have proposed contentious anti-riot laws in response to demonstrations for the Black Lives Matter movement and other social justice causes.  Such laws...
In early February, a group of University of Chicago (UChicago) students, local activists, and community residents held a virtual event calling on the university to pay reparations to the South Side Chicago community. The groups involved included the student-led UChicago Against Displacement (UCAD) organization and community groups Southside Together Organizing for Power, Not Me We, and the Community Benefits...
In the days and weeks following the February 24 Russian invasion of Ukraine, colleges and universities across the U.S. were quick to respond with various student- and institution-led acts of condemnation. These included student demonstrations, fundraising campaigns for Ukrainians, divesting of Russian companies, and the suspension of joint international programs with Russia. Most efforts were aimed at expressing solidarity...
More than 400 students from area high schools in Fort Worth, Texas, were surprised with acceptance letters to Paul Quinn College during a basketball event in February. But in a new admissions approach, the historically Black college is also admitting the students’ family members. Paul Quinn is a faith-based institution and is considered the nation’s only federally designated urban work college....
Colleges and education leaders try to find solutions for recruiting and supporting male students, especially those who are already underserved. In October 2021, researchers at the Brookings Institution declared that the gender gap in higher education has widened to the point of becoming a “male college crisis,” with many men lacking the support necessary to achieve a postsecondary degree.  While women have...
READ: How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America Using groundbreaking research and her own experiences as a biracial, South Asian American woman, sociologist and ethnographer Priya Fielding-Singh examines how inequality manifests in the way people eat. Through profiles of four families from various educational, economic, and racial and ethnic backgrounds, Fielding-Singh dispels the...
On February 22, Texas Christian University (TCU) and the TCU School of Medicine (TCU SOM) held a ceremony to celebrate being named recipients of the 2021 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and Health Professions HEED Award. In attendance were faculty, staff, students, and members of the board of trustees. Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of INSIGHT, presented...
In less than a month, a nonprofit organization in Tennessee raised more than $2 million to cover college tuition costs for undocumented students in the state.  The Equal Chance for Education (ECE) is one of many nonprofits across the country that collects funds to support the education of undocumented students, most of whom do not have access to state or...
Dozens of faculty members at Saint Louis University (SLU), a private Jesuit school, recently wrote a letter to Missouri lawmakers urging them to uphold the teaching of critical race theory (CRT).  In January, the state's House of Representatives proposed two bills under the guise of "parent's rights" that would ban the teaching of CRT and require teachers to give parents...
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) charged the former director of sports medicine at San Jose State University (SJSU) with civil rights violations for his alleged sexual abuse of four women student-athletes over the past five years.  Scott Shaw was accused of sexual misconduct against nearly two dozen women student-athletes during his 15-year tenure as the top athletic...
The University of California (UC) system received a record-breaking number of applications this year, including a significant spike in first-year Latinx applicants. In a recent news release, UC reported a 3.5 percent increase in enrollment with 210,840 applicants in fall 2022 compared with 203,700 in fall 2021. Chicano and Latinx students made up 38 percent of applicants, a 4.1 percent increase...
The governing council of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) formally voted Saturday to censure the University System of Georgia (USG) for its decision to eliminate tenure protections for faculty members.  The AAUP decried the USG Board of Regent’s new post-tenure faculty review policy as a “flagrant violation of long established principles.” The measure will affect about 6,000 tenured faculty...
Over the past month, New York University (NYU) has experienced a wave of hate crimes against Asian students. NYU students have reported at least four separate attacks since February, with three out of the four survivors being Asian, NBC News reports. The increase in violence has spurred the school to ramp up security measures by adding surveillance cameras, better lighting, and...
Amazon recently announced that it is significantly expanding its Career Choice program to provide free college tuition to nearly 750,000 employees. The company had previously partnered with approximately 40 education providers in the U.S., but now employees will have access to more than 180 colleges and universities. Employees will be eligible for the program after working at Amazon for only 90...
Several U.S. colleges and universities have recently announced plans to distance themselves from Russia in protest of the country's invasion of Ukraine. On Monday, Middlebury College in Vermont released a statement saying it is suspending its Russian study abroad program and asking students currently in the country to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. Other schools, like the...
The University of Chicago (UChicago) recently announced it will be adding a new Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity. The interdisciplinary department will be housed within the university’s Division of the Social Sciences (SSD). Nearly 83 percent of SSD faculty supported the department’s creation in a November 2021 advisory vote. “This outcome is the culmination of years of dedicated collaboration among...
This week, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) plans to ask the state's General Assembly for emergency aid toward campus safety to help combat the rising rates of bomb threats at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). “I am angry and deeply concerned by the recent pattern of bomb threats,” Youngkin said in a written statement on Friday. "I am committed...
On Friday, Kentaji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman to be nominated for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The nomination comes a month after Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement at the end of the court’s current term. “I can only hope that my life and career, my love of this country and the Constitution, and my...
Photo of Bucknell University
Hundreds of Bucknell University students participated in a walkout this week to protest the private Pennsylvania school’s public safety practices and mishandling of a sexual harassment case on campus. “We are here because we demand to be seen by this university,” organizer and Bucknell student Jillie Santos said during the walkout, according to PennLive. “We demand accountability and transparency. We...
This week, Rutgers University introduced the Scarlet Guarantee, a financial aid program that will significantly reduce or eliminate tuition and fees for first- and second-year students from low- and middle-income families. Nearly 7,600 Rutgers students — close to 20 percent of current undergraduates — will be eligible to enroll. “The Scarlet Guarantee program will help qualified students from across New Jersey...
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) recently announced that he wants to eradicate tenure for new professors and those who teach critical race theory (CRT) at public universities. During a Friday press conference about the state’s upcoming legislative session, Patrick said he intends to prioritize academic freedom by changing tenure reviews from every six years to annually. He also wants...
Photo of a graduation cap on a pile of U.S. 100 dollar bills
The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that it will provide nearly $72 million in borrower defense discharges to close to 1,800 former DeVry University students who were misled about their job placement opportunities. The debt erasure marks the Education Department’s most recent action against the for-profit university, which previously paid more than $100 million in settlements to the...
On Tuesday, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed two bills aimed at limiting diversity-focused teachings in state-funded K-12 schools and higher education institutions. The bills specifically target lessons that make students feel “discomfort” regarding race and other “divisive concepts” like White supremacy, environmental injustice, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Although neither bill explicitly mentions critical race theory (CRT),...
More than half of college students nationwide are more likely to seek peer counseling due to disruptions caused by the pandemic, according to a recent national survey. Peer Counseling in College Mental Health is the first-ever study to focus on college students and peer counseling. The survey, which included responses from more than 2,000 undergraduates, was conducted by the Born...
On Friday, the University of Alabama (UA) Board of Trustees voted to remove the name of a former state governor and Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader from a campus building. The building, named after former KKK leader and Alabama Gov. Bibb Graves, will be rebranded Autherine Lucy Hall in honor of Autherine Lucy Foster, the university’s first Black student.  The decision...
On January 17, 2022, Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Stillwater Community United (SCU), a local diversity organization, hosted a unity march and speech series to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. OSU students and faculty joined SCU members on the march, which made several stops for speeches from city and university leaders such as OSU President Kayse Shrum and...
Education and community engagement are perhaps the most crucial keys to addressing the issues of systemic racism and social injustice within the world of public policy. Recognizing this, the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (Ford School) has created numerous programs and initiatives with the goals of teaching its students about the realities of racial...
Over the course of summer 2021,  scorching heat waves blanketed the Pacific Northwest, claiming the lives of hundreds of residents. Although the record-breaking temperatures may have seemed unprecedented, these deadly weather conditions have been striking the U.S. for decades. More than 25 years earlier, a similar crisis unfolded in Chicago when a 1995 heatwave killed more than 700 people....
As of 2019, women comprised only 23 percent of trustees and directors at 71 U.S.-based think tanks and public policy research institutions, according to the Center for Global Development (CGD). Furthermore, women made up only 30 percent of highly compensated employees at those same institutions. Little data is available on the racial diversity of think tanks, but a 2020...
Tufts University recently received a two-year, $325,000 grant that will establish a Racial Equity in Policy and Planning (REPP) Fellows program to help promote racial justice in public policy and urban planning. The program is housed in Tufts’ Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) and is developed in partnership with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic...
Founder's Library at Howard University
In December 2021, the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University published its final report on a five-year study of the relationship between law enforcement and Black communities as seen through the lens of students at four historically Black colleges and universities across the U.S. The policy center conducted the research in partnership with the...
In May 2021, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics released a report firmly stating that all college and university athletic departments must take intentional, proactive steps to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) values if they are to rectify the inequities that have long plagued their industry “Redressing racial equity and racial injustice in college sports must be an ongoing...
As the world of college athletics grows ever more diverse, underrepresented players and employees have banded together to form organizations focused on supporting their sociocultural identities. National groups dedicated to student-athletes, coaches, and staff from unique backgrounds help these individuals connect, raise awareness, develop leadership skills, and more.  Here, INSIGHT highlights just a few of the innovative, identity-based organizations working...
Following a June 2021 U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the NCAA, the association enacted a series of ad-hoc rules that now allow student-athletes to capitalize on their own name, image, and likeness (NIL). While the new policies are a win for college players, they do not address the longstanding need to improve financial literacy among college and professional athletes,...
The NCAA Board of Governors has announced controversial changes to its policies for transgender student-athletes, sparking criticism from some LGBTQ rights advocates. In January, the board released a statement saying that it is adopting a “sport-by-sport approach” for determining if transgender students are allowed to join athletic teams that correspond to their gender identity. Under the new policy, the national...
In the groundbreaking 2019 book How to Be An Antiracist, activist and scholar Ibram X. Kendi explains that it is not enough for a person or institution to simply proclaim themselves not racist; rather, fighting racial inequality requires a proactive form of advocacy known as anti-racism. To Kendi, there is no in-between: one is either racist or anti-racist.  In the...
As conservative lawmakers across the U.S. fight for anti-tenure legislation, faculty worry about the future of academic expression. In recent months, concerns over academic expression have led conservative lawmakers and state officials to propose policies that would decrease the already dwindling number of U.S. academics who receive tenure. Many of these proposed changes stem from right-wing policymakers who have expressed...
We work at the intersection of two industries central to the national conversation on structural racism: higher education and health care. Both are reckoning with historical legacies of exclusion at odds with their stated missions to improve society. Both have collected evidence that their institutions produce disparate outcomes based on race and are sites where people of color experience...
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a landmark piece of legislation for gender equity.  “Title IX is probably the most important law passed for women and girls in Congress since women obtained the right to vote in 1920,” explains Bernice Sandler, a staunch women’s rights activist known...
READ: No Study Without Struggle: Confronting Settler Colonialism in Higher Education Through an examination of campus social justice movements, Leigh Patel reveals how the after-effects of settler colonialism have resulted in a higher education system that prioritizes White culture and history over that of Black, Indigenous, and other oppressed communities. Using interviews with activists and organizers from groups like Black...
The University of Alabama (UA) Board of Trustees announced a controversial change to the name of a historic building on campus on February 3. Graves Hall, named after former Alabama Gov. Bibb Graves, will now be known as Lucy-Graves Hall. The change is in honor of Autherine Lucy Foster, the first Black student to enroll in UA.  Foster attended classes...
On January 12, Dartmouth College announced it would be transitioning to a need-blind admissions policy for international undergraduate students, thanks to a $40 million gift from an anonymous donor. The college joins the ranks of Amherst College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard, Princeton, and Yale Universities in offering need-blind admissions to all students regardless of their citizenship.  “In...
Researchers at Brown University have launched an innovative project in partnership with Moi University in Kenya to improve treatment and health outcomes for the nearly 1.5 million people living with HIV/AIDS in that country.  The work will be supported by two grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) totaling $4.6 million over five years. Joseph Hogan, a professor of...
The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into Brooklyn College, a member campus of the City University of New York system, for alleged discrimination against Jewish students.  The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (Brandeis Center), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Jewish people, filed...
Three Harvard University graduate students filed a federal lawsuit this week claiming the school ignored accusations that anthropology professor John Comaroff allegedly sexually harassed them. The lawsuit says it highlights Harvard's "decade-long failure to protect students from sexual abuse and career-ending retaliation." Students Margaret Czerwienski, Lilia Kilburn, and Amulya Mandava claim that Comaroff "kissed and groped students without their consent, made...
To increase college accessibility for diverse students, the U.S. Department of Education announced this week that it will make significant updates and restorations to the College Scorecard.  The interactive online tool allows prospective students and their parents to examine the cost, future earnings, and other factors associated with a higher education institution. “For so many students and families, the college search process can...
The Biden administration has dropped a provision offering free community college from the Build Back Better agenda, First Lady Jill Biden revealed on Monday. “One year ago, I told this group that Joe, my husband Joe, was going to fight for community colleges,” Biden said during the Community College National Legislative Summit in D.C. “But Joe has also had to...
Yale University recently announced it is forming a committee to examine its gift policies and the influence of donors on academic freedom.  “The committee will be charged with reviewing the current gift acceptance and review policy, recommending any beneficial modifications, and recommending how best to ensure that faculty can easily communicate concerns to the administration about gifts or prospective gifts,”...
George Mason University (GMU), the University of Virginia, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) announced Monday students are no longer required to have received the COVID-19 vaccine to enroll in classes. The decision comes after Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares (R) authored a decision on the legality of university vaccine mandates. Miyares’ opinion, issued on Friday, declared...
Bomb threats were made to more than a dozen historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) on Tuesday, the first day of Black History Month. At least six HBCUs — including Bowie State University, Howard University, and Albany State University — also received bomb threats on Monday, forcing campus closures and lockdowns. These threats mark the second time in 2022 that Minority-Serving...
Several Washington D.C. Council members recently proposed a new bill to allocate college funding for undocumented high school students in the district. If passed, the DC Advancing College Hope for Immigrants’ Education and Vocational Enrichment Scholarship (DC ACHIEVES) would provide nearly $17,000 to undocumented students pursuing a college education.  “These are students who are graduating salutatorian or valedictorian and, unfortunately, just...