Research & Studies

Scholars Identify Diversity in the English Language Used Online by Different Ethnic Groups

Scholars Identify Diversity in the English Language Used Online by Different Ethnic Groups

The goal of the study was to identify online language usage by African Americans so that search engines like Google will be better able to serve a more diverse population of users.

Study Finds a False Promise of Trade School Education for Low-Income Black Youth

Study Finds a False Promise of Trade School Education for Low-Income Black Youth

A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University at Buffalo finds that Black students who enroll at for-profit trade schools often wind up more in debt and with fewer job prospects than their peers who enrolled at two-year or four-year nonprofit educational institutions.

Among High School Seniors Illicit Drug Use Is Lower for Blacks Than for Whites

Among High School Seniors Illicit Drug Use Is Lower for Blacks Than for Whites

A new report from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan finds that illicit drug use is more prevalent among White students who are about to enter college than it is among African American students who are about to enter their college years.

University Study Finds a Continuing Racial Gap in Hollywood Productions

University Study Finds a Continuing Racial Gap in Hollywood Productions

The University of Southern California study found that of the 100 top-grossing films in 2015, people of color were 26 percent of all the actors who held speaking roles. Seventeen of the 100 top-grossing films had no Black characters whatsoever. Only three of the 100 top-grossing films had a woman of color in a leading role.

Black-Owned Firms Remain Only a Tiny Slice of the American Economic Pie

Black-Owned Firms Remain Only a Tiny Slice of the American Economic Pie

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in 2014 there were 108,473 Black-owned firms with paid employees, making up just 11 percent of all firms designated by the Census Bureau as minority-owned. Black-owned firms made up just 2 percent of all businesses with paid employees.

Study Finds That School Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies Do More Harm Than Good

Study Finds That School Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies Do More Harm Than Good

A new study by F. Chris Curran, an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, finds that zero-tolerance public school disciplinary policies may produce racial disparities in school suspensions and expulsions which could hinder the academic success rates of African American students.

Tracking the Status of African Americans at Vanderbilt University

Tracking the Status of African Americans at Vanderbilt University

Blacks make up 8 percent of the undergraduates and 5 percent of the graduate students at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. But Blacks make up just 3 percent of the tenure-track faculty at the university.

University of Georgia Study Examines Blacks' Reluctance to Seek Treatment for Depression

University of Georgia Study Examines Blacks’ Reluctance to Seek Treatment for Depression

A new study led by Rosalyn Denise Campbell, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia, finds that the stigma of mental illness in the African American community has a major dragging effect on the rate of Black Americans who seek treatment for depression.

Georgetown University Examines Its Ties to the Slave Trade

Georgetown University Examines Its Ties to the Slave Trade

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., announced that a memorial to slaves who were sold by the university in 1838 would be built on campus. Also preferential treatment in university admissions will be given to the descendants of the university’s former slaves.

Race and Rural Location Impact Black Students' Access to College

Race and Rural Location Impact Black Students’ Access to College

Interviews with African Americans in rural high schools found that students overwhelmingly felt that they had encouragement and support to go to college, yet didn’t have access to academically rigorous classes or enough one-on-one time with a counselor to get help with the college admission process.

University of Michigan Study Finds Many Black Men Routinely Face Discrimination

University of Michigan Study Finds Many Black Men Routinely Face Discrimination

The findings included data that found that 20 percent of Black men reported that people they encountered acted like they were better than them on a daily or weekly basis. One in 10 Black men said that people acted as if they were afraid of them.

Tracking The Snail-Like Progress of Faculty Diversity

Tracking The Snail-Like Progress of Faculty Diversity

A new report from the TIAA Institute finds that African Americans have made only slight progress in increasing their percentage of faculty positions in higher education over the past two decades. And the gains that have been made are mostly in non-tenure-track positions.

"Handholding" of Young Black Males in High School May Hinder Their Success Later On

“Handholding” of Young Black Males in High School May Hinder Their Success Later On

Chezare A. Warren conducted a study that found that special attention given to Black males in urban high school classrooms may not serve them well later in life.

UCSF Study Finds Racial Disparity in Prescriptions for Opioids at Emergency Rooms

UCSF Study Finds Racial Disparity in Prescriptions for Opioids at Emergency Rooms

Researchers examined data from more than 60 million pain-related emergency room visits between 2007 and 2011. They found that in cases where there was no definite outward sign of a pain-producing injury, Black patients were half as likely as White patients to be given prescriptions for opioids.

Do Young Black Students Do Better When They Have a Black Teacher?

Do Young Black Students Do Better When They Have a Black Teacher?

A new study by researchers at the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning suggests that the racial or ethnic heritage of the teachers in the front of pre-kindergarten classrooms can make a big difference in the performance of students.

New Discovery May Improve Treatment for Those Who Suffer From Sickle Cell Disease

New Discovery May Improve Treatment for Those Who Suffer From Sickle Cell Disease

A study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University, MIT , Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Korea reports on a discovery that may help physicians treat those who suffer from sickle cell disease.

Duke University Scholar Finds That "Beauty Is in the Ear of the Beholder"

Duke University Scholar Finds That “Beauty Is in the Ear of the Beholder”

A new study by Robert L. Reece, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, finds that when test subjects are told a person is of mixed-racial heritage that person is perceived as more attractive than when test subjects are told the person is Black.

Report Documents the Large and Growing Racial Wealth Gap

Report Documents the Large and Growing Racial Wealth Gap

Wealth is a major factor in college affordability for American families. And a new report shows that the racial wealth gap in the United States is huge and expanding.

Will the Internet Serve to Raise Black Participation in Medical Research?

Will the Internet Serve to Raise Black Participation in Medical Research?

In a study of nearly 1,000 people, researchers analyzed DNA to determine genetic factors that were linked to smoking behavior and nicotine additions. Black participants were far less likely to go online to find out if they had these genetic variations that increased their risk.

A New Database of Peer-Reviewed Articles on Black Males in Education

A New Database of Peer-Reviewed Articles on Black Males in Education

Louis Harrison and Anthony Brown of the University of Texas at Austin have created The Black Male Education Research Collection. The new website is a repository of research on issues relating to Black men in all levels of education, with a special emphasis on higher education.

Report Finds a Decline in Hate Speech at the Nation's Schools

Report Finds a Decline in Hate Speech at the Nation’s Schools

The U.S. Department of Education report found that in 2013, 7 percent of all students ages 12 to 18 were called a hate-related word at school in 2013. This is down from 12 percent a decade earlier.

How to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Science Research

How to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Science Research

A new report from by the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Medical Colleges offers strategies for increasing the number of biomedical researchers from underrepresented groups.

New Academic Study Offers a Clue to Explain Racial Differences in Breastfeeding Rates

New Academic Study Offers a Clue to Explain Racial Differences in Breastfeeding Rates

One surprising finding of a new study that may explain racial differences in breastfeeding rates is the fact that the authors found that Black mothers were nine times as likely as White mothers to be given formula for their babies when they were still in the hospital.

Study Finds a Persisting Racial Gap in National Institute of Health Grant Awards

Study Finds a Persisting Racial Gap in National Institute of Health Grant Awards

A new academic study finds that race appears to still play a role in the awarding of grants from the National Institutes of Health but the gender of the grant applicant apparently no longer plays a significant role.

Report Finds Racial Differences in Negative Health Effects of Stress

Report Finds Racial Differences in Negative Health Effects of Stress

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, finds that stress may be more harmful to the health of Whites than it is to the health of Blacks.

Georgetown University Study Documents Racial Disparities in Health Care in DC

Georgetown University Study Documents Racial Disparities in Health Care in DC

Blacks, who are 46 percent of the District’s population, represented 73 percent of all patients hospitalized. Black men in the District have a life expectancy that is 15 years lower than for White men.

New Data on African American's Enrollments and Degree Awards in Higher Education

New Data on African American’s Enrollments and Degree Awards in Higher Education

The data shows that in the 2014-15 academic year, there were 3,810,300 African Americans enrolled at degree-granting institutions in the United States. They made up 13.9 percent of the total enrollments in higher education.

Study Finds That Mandatory Diversity Training Is Ineffective

Study Finds That Mandatory Diversity Training Is Ineffective

The authors suggest that managers who are obliged to undergo training have a natural tendency to resent it. People don’t like to be told how to behave. They outline other strategies that may be more effective in reaching diversity goals.

Tulane University Study Finds a High Degree of Dissatisfaction With Body Size Among Blacks

Tulane University Study Finds a High Degree of Dissatisfaction With Body Size Among Blacks

When shown an image of different body sizes, only 44 percent of all participants selected the image that corresponded with their actual size. More people underestimated their size than overestimated their size.

New Government Report Examines Spending Increases on Prisons vs. Education

New Government Report Examines Spending Increases on Prisons vs. Education

In seven states – Idaho, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia – per capita spending increases on prisons were five times the increases for education over the past 30 years.

Study Finds a Link Between Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Abuse

Study Finds a Link Between Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Abuse

Researchers found a total of 71 peer-reviewed articles relating to racial discrimination and drinking, leaving little doubt that a significant correlation exists. But the authors found significant gaps in the research.

Black Scholar at the University of Nebraska Examines Family Hardship and Stress

Black Scholar at the University of Nebraska Examines Family Hardship and Stress

American families who face economic hardship or mental health issues when their children are young are highly likely to continue to struggle and have families that continue to live under a high level of stress.

The Top Undergraduate Feeder Institutions of African Americans to U.S. Medical Schools

The Top Undergraduate Feeder Institutions of African Americans to U.S. Medical Schools

During the 2015-16 academic year, the University of Florida graduated 109 students who applied to U.S. medical schools. This was 2.2 percent of all Black students who applied to medical schools in the United States. Nearly 14 percent of all graduates of Spelman College applied to medical school.

University of California Scientists Offer New Take on the Evolution of Skin Color

University of California Scientists Offer New Take on the Evolution of Skin Color

A study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, finds that darker skin is stronger than lighter skin and forms an important barrier against a host of environmental threats.

Ban the Box Initiatives May Produce a Higher Level of Racial Discrimination

Ban the Box Initiatives May Produce a Higher Level of Racial Discrimination

“Ban the Box” legislation prohibits potential employers from asking job applicants to check a box if they have criminal records. But a new university study finds that if employers don’t have information about criminal records, they are more likely to rely on their assumptions and racial biases.

The Pew Research Center Releases New Study of Race Relations in the United States

The Pew Research Center Releases New Study of Race Relations in the United States

More than 80 percent of Blacks who have attended college say that they personally have been discriminated against due to their race. Less than 60 percent of Blacks who have not enrolled in college say they personally have faced racial discrimination.