Harvard and ETS Team Up to Examine the Experiences of Black Students on Predominantly White Campuses

The Educational Testing Service and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University are teaming up to explore the experiences of black students on predominantly white college campuses. The study, funded by a $400,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will explore black students’ academic, extracurricular, and social life on these differing campuses. Students will be asked what has made them feel welcome, respected, supported, and encouraged and what has made them feel unwelcome, disrespected, unsupported, and discouraged.

The ETS staff will work with Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Du Bois Institute at Harvard, and Paula J. Caplan, a research associate at the institute and former professor of applied psychology at the University of Toronto.