ADVANCING THE CONVERSATION ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY,
AND INCLUSION IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND BEYOND
The College Board announced Tuesday that it plans to transition the SAT college admission exam to a fully digital format and shorten the test from three to two hours. Proponents of the test say the changes will make for a more streamlined process for determining students’ academic potential. “The digital SAT will be easier to take, easier to give, and more...
On Monday, the U.S Supreme Court announced that it will hear two affirmative action admissions cases involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. The conservative group Students for Fair Admissions challenged both universities during the Trump administration for the use of race-based admissions practices for underrepresented students, claiming it discriminated against Asian American and White students. The Supreme Court...
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (Penn Law) professor Amy Wax may face potential discipline for her disparaging remarks about Asian Americans, Penn Law Dean Theodore Ruger announced on Tuesday. On December 20, Wax sparked controversy during her appearance on “The Glenn Show,” an online interview platform hosted by Brown University professor Glenn Loury. During the video interview, Wax said...
Morehouse College, the historically Black men’s institution in Atlanta, announced Tuesday that it is launching the Black Men’s Research Institute to examine the personal, social, economic, and cultural issues that affect Black men throughout the world. The institute will work closely with the college’s history and Africana studies departments to develop a minor and online certificate in Black masculinities studies. “It...
Even with the wide availability of vaccines, college enrollment continued to decline throughout the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to National Student Clearinghouse Research Center data. “Our final look at fall 2021 enrollment shows undergraduates continuing to sit out in droves as colleges navigate yet another year of Covid-19,” said Doug Shapiro, executive director of the research center,...
This week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) proposed a $39.6 billion state budget that would invest in closing higher education equity gaps by making college more affordable and improving time-to-degree completion. The 2022-2023 budget would go toward the California Student Aid Commission and the state’s higher education systems, including the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California...
INSIGHT Into Diversity is pleased to welcome Karen A. Clinton Jones, PhD, as the newest member of the magazine’s Editorial Board. As Binghamton University’s inaugural Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Jones leads and coordinates the university’s strategic approach to diversity through her focus on education and employment, equity, affirmative action, cultural understanding and competency, community outreach, and...
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University of Utah police investigated a bomb threat Tuesday made against the school’s Black Cultural Center by a caller who stated he was a 17-year-old neo-Nazi, according to officials. The threat came less than a week after more than 40 university students gathered to protest against what they deemed as administrative complacency towards recent racist incidents on campus The protest was...
A class-action lawsuit filed Sunday claims Yale, Columbia, Georgetown, and a dozen other top universities violated antitrust laws by conspiring to restrict the amount of financial aid offered to students. The suit, filed by five former undergraduate students, alleges that 16 schools used a shared formula for determining financial aid that artificially inflated attendance costs and overcharged “over 170,000 financial-aid...
The American Indian College Fund will soon launch a teacher education program to increase the number of Indigenous educators that serve in rural and reservation-based K-12 classrooms. The two-and-a-half-year program, funded by a $2.25 million donation from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, will be implemented at five tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) throughout the U.S. to support Native teacher retention, development,...
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Seven historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) received bomb threats this week, resulting in a string of evacuations and police investigations. The schools that reported bomb threats are the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Florida Memorial University, Howard University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University (NC Central), Prairie View A&M University in Texas, and Xavier University of Louisiana,...
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) recently signed legislation that will re-establish the state’s first and only historically Black college or university (HBCU). The Lewis College of Business, initially founded as a secretarial school for Black women in the late 1920s, closed its doors in 2013 after experiencing financial setbacks and losing accreditation. The school is now being reopened as the...
On January 1, California became the first state to require public institutions to update the records of students who have legally changed their names and gender. Advocates say the legislation helps deter deadnaming, which is the act of referring to transgender or gender non-conforming people by their birth or former name without consent. Whether intentional or not, deadnaming is insensitive...
The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that the federal student loan repayment, interest, and collections pause will continue through May 1, 2022. The freeze is expected to help 41 million borrowers save $5 billion per month, the Education Department reports. The previous pause on repayments was set to end on January 30, 2022. “This additional extension of the repayment pause will...
Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) and the University of Utah are currently searching for the perpetrators behind separate incidents of White supremacism and racism on their campuses. This week, WashU officials reported that a mural depicting prominent members of the Black community, such as the late Chadwick Boseman and Rep. John Lewis, was defaced in a racially motivated act...
As part of its Veterans Month celebration, on November 9, 2021, the University of Central Florida (UCF) hosted a 30-minute salute to recognize its students who have served in the military. The program included a flag-raising ceremony, the playing of “Taps,” and remarks from campus leaders and students. Ahead of the event, Air Force ROTC members and the Veterans...
Although anxiety, burnout, and other mental health issues have long been concerns for the health care fields, the emotional toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many nurses and pharmacists to consider leaving their professions. As of May 2021, more than 22 percent of nursing professionals said they were thinking about switching careers or retiring, according to a report...
A new online tool developed by George Washington University’s Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity (GWMI) may revolutionize the way that diversity is assessed in health care education and professions.   Launched in November, the Health Workforce Diversity Tracker functions as an interactive map that allows users to access demographic data on recent graduates from nearly 3,900 health care...
The health fields in the U.S. has a long history of institutional racism and discrimination. Now, amid growing calls for racial justice, a nationwide program aims to rectify this problem starting with medical schools.  The Anti-Racist Transformation in Medical Education (ART in Med Ed) initiative, which launched in October, brings together a cohort of 10 medical colleges in the U.S....
Telehealth technology, body sensors on smart watches, and hundreds of health-focused mobile apps are increasingly popular tools for monitoring patient well-being. Experts project that these and other innovative technologies will soon lead to a health care landscape that is vastly different from today’s.  Despite these breakthroughs, “many hospital systems and clinics still depend on yesterday’s technology — or even last...
To help address the national pharmacist shortage, two Midwestern colleges recently collaborated to create a pathway program for high schoolers to earn a bachelor’s degree and doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) within five years. The accelerated program, called Direct to PharmD, is offered in partnership between the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SU COPHS) in Louisville, Kentucky, and...
The University of St. Thomas (UST) recently announced the creation of a nursing school dedicated to teaching cultural awareness, recruiting underrepresented students, and reducing health inequity in underserved communities. The school will be housed within UST’s Morrison Family College of Health and will offer bachelor’s and master’s programs.  Developing everything from the ground up provides a unique opportunity to incorporate...
The populations Danelle Stevens-Watkins, PhD, seeks to help are often difficult to reach. It is a common predicament in health disparity research. One of her latest projects at the University of Kentucky (UK) requires asking Black Americans who use opioids to talk about their lives. Opening up is risky. “For women, they are afraid of losing custody of their children. For...
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 July 2020, University of Louisville (UofL) announced that it was undertaking an ambitious goal: to become...
In June 2020, the University of California, San Francisco announced it had paid a $1.14 million ransom to a hacker who took over several servers at its medical school. Two months later, University of Utah officials spent $457,000 to prevent cybercriminals from spreading confidential student, faculty, and staff data. Since then, multiple institutions — from regional community colleges to...
After a nearly two-year hiatus, higher education institutions across the U.S. are revitalizing their study abroad and international education programs. Colleges and universities are reporting a 68 percent increase in new international enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year after experiencing a 46 percent decline in 2020, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE). Study abroad programs, which plummeted...
Over the last decade, the institutions that make up the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) have experienced drastic declines in student enrollment. Since 2010, five of the state-owned universities — Cheyney, Edinboro, Clarion, Mansfield, and Lock Haven.— have seen drops of 45 percent or more, with a combined decrease of 25.8 percent across the entire system.  Despite freezing...
A new movement is underway in academia that requires candidates who are eligible for tenure, promotion, and reappointment (TPR) review to provide details of their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) contributions as criteria for advancement. This action serves to recognize often overlooked but valuable DEI work that some faculty have long considered crucial to their role within a campus...
Catherine Lhamon’s contentious appointment signifies a major overhaul of sexual misconduct rules, but experts caution that process may be lengthy. Determining how to properly address charges of sexual harassment and assault has been one of the most divisive challenges faced by colleges and universities in recent years. The process for handling such allegations under Title IX law underwent significant, partisan-based...
The underrepresentation of Black Americans in science-related fields remains a significant problem in higher education and the workforce at large. African Americans make up only 9 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workers and just 6 percent of research and professional STEM doctorate degree recipients, according to a 2021 Pew Research Center study. As more higher education institutions...
READ: Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America Using current headlines as a framework, award-winning historian Keisha N. Blain traces the legacy of activist Fannie Lou Hamer from her humble beginnings as an impoverished child in Mississippi to her role as a central figure in the civil rights movement. The book examines key moments in Hamer’s...
A 2020 COVID-19 student impact survey conducted by California Community Colleges found that 57 percent of students experienced housing and food insecurity during the pandemic, with students of color affected more than their White peers. Between 61 and 71 percent of students of color faced a basic needs deficit compared with 47 percent of White students, according to the...
Medical school applications surged by a record-breaking 17.8 percent for the 2021-2022 academic year, according to new data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  In comparison, applications for 2020-2021 declined by 0.6 percent from the previous year. Acceptance and matriculation rates have also increased. Acceptance rates were up 2.6 percent, and first-year enrollment grew by 1.9 percent. This year’s entering...
The University of Oregon’s (UO) student government is hoping to work with university administrators in implementing a critical race theory (CRT) curriculum requirement for undergraduate students. In December, representatives of the Associated Students of UO (ASUO) proposed the idea during a board of trustees meeting to address systemic racism and to support academics across the U.S. who have been...
The South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston) and a local NAACP branch recently signed a legal agreement pledging to push for clemency for the 110 Black soldiers convicted in the 1917 Houston Riot. “For the Camp Logan soldiers who were convicted in the absence of due process, and particularly for those who then were executed as the result...
The University of Alabama (UA) Faculty Senate recently filed a resolution urging university administrators to denounce upcoming state legislation that seeks to limit academic freedom. The resolution is a response to a pre-filed bill in the Alabama legislature’s 2022 legislative session. The bill, known as HB11, seeks to prohibit “courses of instruction or units of study directing or compelling students...
On Wednesday, more than 20 education organizations pushed higher education leaders to eliminate legacy admissions in an open letter addressed to college and university presidents and board of trustees. Legacy admissions give preferential treatment to applicants who are children or grandchildren of alumni, and according to the education groups, it is an "unprincipled" practice "rooted in a history of ugly...
Millikin University, a private school in Illinois affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, is facing indignation from faculty, students, and community members this week after a commencement speaker made transphobic comments during the school’s winter graduation ceremony. During his speech, Rev. Wally Carlson pretended to “take a phone call from God” and made several comments about gender identity, according to a...
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) recently announced a two-year budget proposal that will provide record-setting funding to the state’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The proposal includes the creation of the state’s first-ever HBCU Opportunity Fund, which would provide scholarships for students at Virginia’s eligible private HBCUs. The fund would also increase tuition assistance and fund operating and construction...
On Thursday, nearly 100 students and several faculty members at Lesley University, a private liberal arts university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, gathered to protest over alleged issues regarding on-campus housing and food quality. The protesters claim that the university has failed to maintain student housing properly. They cited instances throughout the semester in which dorms had no heat or hot water,...
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill) recently removed the names of White supremacists from two campus buildings and renamed them in honor of diverse campus figures. Hortense McClinton, the university’s first Black professor, replaced the name of Charles Brantley Aycock, a Democratic North Carolina governor who supported the “separate but equal” school system, passed laws...
The University of Colorado Law School’s Korey Wise Innocence Project (KWIP) recently announced it is working with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to review 51 criminal cases and challenge any potential wrongful convictions. The cases under review, all of which occurred in Colorado from 1975 to 1995, involved the use of microscopy hair analysis, the practice of visually comparing...
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Students at Nazareth College, a private nonprofit institution in New York, held a protest Saturday over concerns about racism and a lack of diversity on campus. The protest was in response to the abrupt departure of faculty members who were allies to students of color, according to local news channel WROC. Students said that Nazareth instructors have “either been pushed...
This week, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) released a statement condemning a controversial South Carolina bill that, if approved, would end tenure at state-funded institutions for any faculty hired after 2023. The bill, known as the Cancelling Professor Tenure Act or HB4522, is still in the legislative process. If lawmakers decide to pass it, it would be the...
Two Republican senators in Nebraska, Steve Erdman and Steve Halloran, are calling for the removal of University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Chancellor Ronnie Green for his efforts in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) on campus. In an open letter, the lawmakers alleged that Green is embedding critical race theory (CRT) in the school’s new DEI plan that focuses on recruiting...
The University of Michigan (UM) recently received a $4 million donation from the Stone Foundation to create a center dedicated to studying and finding solutions to the rising wealth gap. The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics will educate and develop a new wave of wealth inequality scholars and experts to participate in interdisciplinary research. The...
A new post-baccalaureate program aims to provide law schools with a means of offering deferred admission to first-generation and underrepresented applicants who may need additional preparation and exposure before starting law school, AccessLex Institute recently announced. AccessLex Institute was previously a student loan provider but now operates as a nonprofit that provides resources, access, and affordability to legal education. This...
Dickinson College, a private liberal arts institution in Pennsylvania, recently renamed a residence hall and a campus gate to recognize several formerly enslaved people who contributed to the school. During a ceremony on Saturday, officials announced that Cooper Hall, named after former Dickinson professor and pro-slavery ideologue Thomas Cooper, would now be known as Spradley-Young Hall. The change honors Henry...
The University of California (UC), Davis recently added caste to its anti-discrimination policy, making it the first UC institution and the latest postsecondary school to acknowledge this form of prejudice in South Asian culture. Castes are usually separated into four categories that are determined by birth and considered unchangeable. Members of the lower castes tend to have fewer freedoms and socioeconomic opportunities,...
International student enrollment numbers appear to be on the rebound following the decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and unwelcoming political rhetoric, according to multiple sources. While the annual Open Doors Report on International Education released this week reports that enrollment of new international students dropped by nearly 46 percent between the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years, other sources recently...
An increasing number of organizations across all sectors have added chief diversity officer (CDO) positions to their workforces in recent years to meet the demand for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) expertise. Following the May 2020 murder of George Floyd and ensuing racial justice movement, this demand increased dramatically. In academia, this role has evolved to receive increased visibility...
READ: The Loneliest Americans Jay Caspian Kang considers the complexities behind the term “Asian American” as he intermingles both personal memoir and historical reporting to examine the difficulties Asian immigrants have faced when attempting to carve out an identity for themselves in the U.S. Kang, the child of Korean refugees, offers a candid analysis of the Asian American experience that...
Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, Rhode Island, celebrated National Coming Out Day on October 11 with a “Chalk OUT!” at Gaebe Commons. Students, faculty, and staff were invited to celebrate LGBTQ pride and write messages of encouragement and support to LGBTQ members of the community through chalk designs and artwork. By the end of the event, the...
Mentoring Black Nurses Toward Success The Mentoring Black Nurses Toward Success program pairs Black undergraduate students at the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) with clinical staff nurses from the university’s health system. Once matched, the nurse mentors provide their students with guidance on issues such as preparedness for clinicals, applying for jobs, and overall professional development. The program, which...
Time’s Up Healthcare Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM) joined Time’s Up Healthcare, a national initiative that engages health professions schools and institutions in the push toward equitable and dignified employment. The initiative is a new affiliate of Time’s Up, launched in early 2019, to heal a broken system by targeting work culture issues. In becoming a signatory, CDM...
Einstein Enrichment Program The mission of the Einstein Enrichment Program (EEP) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is to serve students in grades 7-12 who are economically disadvantaged or have been historically underrepresented in the medical and scientific professions. EEP’s components include academic enrichment as well as hands-on experiences such as ambulance bay prep and paid summer internships. To...
Dreamline Pathways Program Dreamline Pathways are comprehensive community-based collaborations that introduce diverse K-12 students to graduate health professions programs offered by A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU). A common goal of these collaborations is to diversify the health care workforce so that providers better reflect the demographics of their patients. ATSU’s unique relationship with school districts and community-based organizations...
Dine with Pride The Dine with Pride celebration at the John P. and Kathrine-G. McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, held during Pride Month in June, focused on increasing the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community and establishing the priority of inclusion. The UTHealth LGTBQ+ resource group and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion collaborated on the event to offer students,...
Student Outreach Resource Center The Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE) at Johns Hopkins University College of Nursing allows students to immerse themselves in community service and real-world opportunities with more than 100 community-based organizations. The center provides students with service-learning credit and a wide variety of options to participate in interprofessional outreach with colleagues from the university’s schools of medicine...
“Health Starts Within”–Reimagining Inclusive Excellence and Well-being The Medical College of Wisconsin upholds the institutional strategic goal known as “Health Starts Within”–Reimagining Inclusive Excellence and Well-being, which aims to advance a climate and culture of equity and inclusion. Initiatives supporting this goal include listening circles and inclusion learning programs conducted by the college’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Committee and 35...
The annual INSIGHT Into Diversity Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recognizes health professions schools that are dedicated to a diverse and inclusive campus. Several 2021 Health Professions HEED Award-winning institutions shared why they applied for this national honor. Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis “We viewed applying for the HEED...
As the U.S. prepares to enter its second year battling the COVID-19 pandemic, it is no secret that the health care workforce faces dire challenges. Staffing shortages persist across the sector, marginalized communities remain in need of accessible care, and diverse professionals continue to be underrepresented in nearly every field. Yet, there are higher education institutions working diligently to overcome...
Homelessness is an increasing problem in nearly every major U.S. city, with the most recent data showing that the national unhoused population has grown every year since 2017. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has only compounded this crisis, which disproportionately affects people of color. One of the...
Everyone who holds a senior administrative position in higher education faces challenges that require them to listen with empathy to aggrieved parties to find effective solutions to common problems. They must also at times interact with emotionally taxed members of the campus community who will be unhappy with the outcomes they provide. These tasks can be stressful and professionally...
At the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), White faculty and staff are working to address their biases and discuss their perceptions of race and White privilege through a unique endeavor known as Unlearning Racism. This innovative program was born out of a series of discussions hosted by PCOM’s Office of Diversity and Community Relations in the wake of George...
Nearly all marginalized populations in the U.S. face hurdles to accessing health care, and Native Americans are no exception. Poverty, provider shortages, cultural differences, and other social factors have created massive health disparities for many in this community. As a consequence, Indigenous Americans have a life expectancy that is 5.5 years shorter than that of all other races, according...
Medical students across the U.S. have long been subjected to instances of mistreatment from faculty, staff, and classmates. Research shows that for decades, these students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, have endured a repetitive cycle of assault, discrimination, sexual harassment, public humiliation, and verbal abuse. A 2018 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) survey found that 42 percent of...
This summer, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) took an innovative new approach to recruiting young men who are underrepresented in the health professions. In addition to its annual summer pipeline programs, the school introduced a unique online experience, the Student-Athlete STEM Academy (SASA), specifically for members of this population who play high school sports. The UAMS...
Emory University’s (EU) Goizueta Business School recently announced the creation of the Peachtree Minority Venture Fund, a student-run venture capital fund that aims to teach students about investing and to support underrepresented startup company founders. The $1 million program is allocated from the school’s endowment and will launch in the spring 2022 semester as part of a course that...
A new five-year grant program launched by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will allow Drexel University along with five other institutions nationwide to hire, support, and retain underrepresented faculty and researchers to examine various aspects of health disparities. As part of the grant program, Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health, College of Nursing, and College of Health Professions...
In spring 2022, the Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) will launch a new academic track that aims to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in medical education. The program is now part of GUSOM’s selection of longitudinal academic tracks, which involve a capstone project, leadership development, and experiential learning through interdisciplinary collaboration in conjunction with students’ medical education.  As...
As with many health professions, the field of dietetics and nutrition has long suffered from a lack of diversity. As of 2020, only 16 percent of professionals in this discipline identified as non-White, according to a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) survey; Black Americans are especially underrepresented, making up only 3 percent of the dietitian workforce.  Improving these statistics is...
The University of California (UC) System recently announced it will adopt policies that promote the responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI). These include the creation of a public database that outlines the system’s specific applications of AI and the establishment of departmental councils that will assess the implementation of the technology. The policies are based on the recommendations of...
Over the last year, Black communities experienced an inordinate amount of hardship. A recent study of first-year college students by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that Black students showed the highest increase in rates of depression. Other research has shown that they often do not get the mental health help they need. Only 25 percent...
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Velma Scantlebury-White, MD, is known as a trailblazer in her profession, most notably for becoming the first Black woman transplant surgeon in the U.S. in 1989. On October 7 of this year, the Delaware Historical Society (DHS) paid homage to her illustrious career as a physician, educator, and activist by honoring her with the 2021 Delaware History Makers Award.  The...
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College students, especially those from underrepresented populations, have been one of the most economically affected groups of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rising housing costs and inflation have made it harder for students to support themselves while attending school, even if they receive significant financial aid. Meanwhile, colleges and universities across the nation saw record gains in their endowments — and...
The University of Montana (UM) gave a $300,000 endowment to the Kyiyo Native American Student Association during a ceremony on campus this week honoring the late Blackfeet Chief Earl Old Person. The funding originated from an anonymous donation and will cover the cost of the student group’s operations and events, such as the annual Kyiyo Powwow. “I really hope that this...
After a monthlong protest and 20 days of negotiations, students and Howard University (HU) administrators have announced an agreement over the school's Blackburn University Center housing conditions and other safety issues. For 33 days, Howard students participated in the campus demonstrations to protest concerns over mold, rodents, issues with Wi-Fi connectivity, and the lack of COVID-19 safety protocols on campus,...
The University of Maryland at College Park announced this week that it will create five new cultural centers for underrepresented students to address the institution’s historical role in denying educational opportunities to marginalized populations. Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American, Native American and Indigenous, and multiracial and biracial student groups, as well as students with disabilities, will each have a...
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Hakeem Jefferson, an associate political science professor at Stanford University, was the target of a recent right-wing advertisement campaign on Facebook that accused him of being one of “Stanford’s most racist professors.” The advertisement claimed that “Stanford loves racist professors” and condemned Jefferson's academic work, which includes research into the intersection of race and politics and teachings on critical race...
A group of academics and activists, many of whom are critics of higher education, are laying the foundation for a new private university in Texas to combat the “growing culture of censorship” on college campuses. Pano Kanelos, former president of St. John’s College in Maryland, decided to found the University of Austin (UATX) following conversations with several media and academic...
The University of California (UC) Hastings College of the Law is seeking to drop its founder's name following a recent unanimous vote by the school's board of directors. The college is named after Serranus Clinton Hastings, the first chief justice of the California Supreme Court, whose legacy includes profiting off of the mass killing and displacement of hundreds of Indigenous...
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A recent Pew Research Center poll of more than 3,000 Latinx Americans found that those with darker skin colors experience more discrimination. Nearly half of the respondents said that discrimination based on race or skin color is a “very big problem” in the U.S. Between 57 and 62 percent said darker skin hurts their ability to get ahead and that...
Women are less likely to ask for deadline extensions on work and school tasks, according to a recent study by The Ohio State University's (OSU) Fisher College of Business. The data includes nine studies that involve more than 5,000 participants. In one study, a discussion paper was assigned to 103 students in an undergraduate business course with a one-week deadline....
Police are investigating the vandalism of a Torah scroll at the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity house at George Washington University (GWU) that occurred over Halloween weekend. The vandal reportedly broke into the house and damaged the religious text by dumping laundry detergent on it early Sunday morning. However, police reported that there was no sign of forced entry. “We believe...
The University of Florida (UF) has prohibited three professors from serving as expert witnesses in a lawsuit against a bill that critics say suppresses voting rights, according to recently filed court documents. University officials released a statement Saturday in response to the documents that says allowing political science professors Dan Smith, Michael McDonald, and Sharon Austin to testify in the...
Boston University (BU) suspended the Mu-Psi chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity this week after members broke a moratorium on activities following an investigation into sexual assault allegations. John Battaglino, assistant dean of students and director of student activities at BU, announced last week that any of the chapter's events, activities, and gatherings would have to be approved by the...
The U.S. Department of State issued its first passport with an ‘X’ gender marker, the federal agency announced Wednesday. The new marker supports non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming individuals and allows them to select a gender identifier other than male or female. The ‘X’ gender designation will be available to routine passport applicants after the department finishes system and form...
Early data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released Tuesday shows that undergraduate enrollment rates declined by 3.2 percent for the fall 2021 semester, continuing the downward trend caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the research center has examined enrollment data from nearly 50 percent of U.S. colleges and universities and found that close to 240,000 fewer undergraduates...
A report published by ProPublica on Monday found that Liberty University, a private Christian institution in Virginia, allegedly ignored reports of sexual assault and threatened to penalize students who reported rape for violating the school’s honor code. ProPublica interviewed more than 50 former Liberty students and staff and analyzed more than a dozen cases as part of the investigation. The...
Administrators at Rider University in New Jersey announced this week that the school had removed the name of a former slaveholder from an alumni building on its Lawrenceville campus. The building, formerly known as the Van Cleve Alumni House, was named after Benjamin Van Cleve. After a campus ceremony Thursday, university officials revealed the building's new title would be the...
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This week, Xavier University of Louisiana, a private historically Black Catholic institution, is celebrating its inaugural Pride Week to commemorate the LGBTQ community. To kick off the celebration, Xavier's Office of Inclusion and Social Justice sponsored its first Pride “Gayla” on Tuesday with the theme "Unveiling the Mask" hosted by popular LGBTQ musician Big Freedia. Students at the event were...
A federal judge ruled Monday that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill) can continue using race as a factor in its college admissions process. The ruling is a response to a 2014 lawsuit filed by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a conservative group that has orchestrated numerous legal complaints against universities such as UNC Chapel...
American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, celebrated each year in November, is a time to recognize the important contributions made by Indigenous peoples of more than 600 tribes and celebrate their histories, cultures, and traditions. It also serves as an opportunity to educate the larger U.S. population on the oppression and challenges faced by Indigenous peoples for hundreds...
READ: Indentured Students: How Government-Guaranteed Loans Left Generations Drowning in College Debt Tracing the history of the U.S. student loan industry from the Cold War era to the present, Elizabeth Tandy Shermer argues that the federal education loan program was never intended to make college more affordable. Shermer examines how the government’s choice to establish this program decades ago has...
In 2021, the University of California, Merced (UC Merced), a Hispanic-Serving Institution, launched a website promoting the idea of free speech in tandem with the school’s inaugural Free Speech Week, which was led by the university’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI). The website and weeklong workshops were designed to amplify the discussion regarding freedom of expression and...
Nearly 200 University of St. Thomas (UST) students, faculty, and staff gathered on campus September 28 to rally against racism and White supremacy, with many of them holding signs that read “Stand against the hate.” Several of the university’s multicultural student organizations assembled the peaceful rally at the Monahan Plaza outside of the Anderson Student Center after more than...
Office of Hispanic Outreach Clemson University’s Office of Hispanic Outreach fosters a welcoming environment for Hispanic and Latinx students, staff, and faculty by developing and implementing programs, services, events, and activities to promote understanding and appreciation for these cultures on campus and in the community. The office provides academic advising, mentorships, and more to students. It also strives to build...
Equitable Adelphi Action Team The Equitable Adelphi Action Team at Adelphi University is amplifying student voices in its fight against racism. The new team is made up of more than 20 students who meet monthly to recommend strategies and initiatives to dismantle racism and all forms of oppression and bias. One of the group’s first accomplishments was the creation of...