Diversity

Six African Americans Named to Diversity Positions at Colleges and Universities

Six African Americans Named to Diversity Positions at Colleges and Universities

The six African Americans named to diversity posts are Tiffany Hayden at the University of Kentucky, Anthony DiNicola at the University of Arkansas, Robin R. Means Coleman at Northwestern University, Jasmine A. Lee at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Andreá Williams at Ohio State University, and Yolanda Caldwell at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York.

The Rhode Island School of Design Aims to Diversify Its Faculty

The Rhode Island School of Design Aims to Diversify Its Faculty

The Rhode Island School of Design, one of the nation’s most prestigious educational institutions in the field, has announced that it is hiring 10 new faculty members as part of a cluster hire initiative focused on race and decolonization in art and design.

National Science Foundation Teams Up With Nine Universities to Boost  Diversity in STEM Faculty

National Science Foundation Teams Up With Nine Universities to Boost Diversity in STEM Faculty

The alliance will provide underrepresented minority doctoral and postdoctoral students training opportunities to learn and network at partner institutions, conduct research exchange visits, and access resources for placement into faculty positions.

Duke University Receives Major Gift to Boost Faculty Diversity and Combat Racism

Duke University Receives Major Gift to Boost Faculty Diversity and Combat Racism

The $16 million grant from the Duke Endowment allocates $10.5 million toward recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and $5.5 million to support the university community’s understanding of historical and current racism, to combat racism, and to create a more inclusive environment.

University of Oregon Mounts Effort to Boost Faculty Diversity

University of Oregon Mounts Effort to Boost Faculty Diversity

The five-year effort to create the new Center on Racial Disparities includes hiring 12 additional faculty members with research expertise in understanding and addressing racial disparities in areas such as health, education, housing, employment, and wealth.

University of California, Irvine Launches the Black Thriving Initiative

University of California, Irvine Launches the Black Thriving Initiative

The new Black Thriving Initiative at the University of California, Irvine aims to mobilize the whole university to promote Black student success, degree completion, and advancement in academic programs, with a goal of making the university a first choice for Black students.

The University of Virginia's Bold Plan to Improve Racial Equity

The University of Virginia’s Bold Plan to Improve Racial Equity

A task force proposed “a system in which racial identity neither predicts nor determines one’s access, success, nor influence within the University of Virginia – where people of any racial background have an equal probability of thriving.”

Princeton University Scholar Aims to Diversity the Pipeline for Economic Doctoral Programs

Princeton University Scholar Aims to Diversity the Pipeline for Economic Doctoral Programs

Today, about 3 percent of all Ph.D.s in economics are awarded to African Americans. Black economists made up only 1.2 percent of faculty in the 20 top-ranked economics departments in the United States. Leonard Wantchekon is taking steps to boost the number of Black doctoral students in the field.

Fred Bonner II to Edit New Book Series on Racial and Gender Diversity in the Academy

Fred Bonner II to Edit New Book Series on Racial and Gender Diversity in the Academy

Fred A. Bonner II a professor in the department of educational leadership and counseling at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, has announced the launching of a book series, “Diverse Faculty in the Academy,” with Routledge Publishers.

Black Faculty, Staff, and Administration Group at Michigan State Opposes Pick for Provost

Black Faculty, Staff, and Administration Group at Michigan State Opposes Pick for Provost

Teresa Woodruff, who holds an endowed chair and is dean of the Graduate School at Northwestern University, was selected from a field of three finalists to become the next provost at Michigan State University. The other two finalists were African Americans.

Black Students Admitted to Highly Selective Colleges and Universities

Black Students Admitted to Highly Selective Colleges and Universities

In an ear, when selective colleges and universities typically hold their admissions statistics for Black student close to their vests, a few have announced how many Black students were admitted to the Class of 2024.

Idaho Bans the Use of Affirmative Action in Admission Decisions at State Universities

Idaho Bans the Use of Affirmative Action in Admission Decisions at State Universities

Idaho governor Brad Little has signed into law a bill that prohibits the consideration of race in hiring and admissions decisions at state-operated colleges and universities in the state. Idaho becomes the ninth state to ban race-sensitive admissions at state colleges and universities.

Berkeley Scholar Aims to Increase Retention Rates of Black Male Public School Teachers

Berkeley Scholar Aims to Increase Retention Rates of Black Male Public School Teachers

Travis J. Bristol, an assistant professor of education at the University of California, Berkeley, has created a series of “affinity groups” for male teachers of color in public schools to address issues they share, including the lack of resources, typical feelings of isolation, and the physical and psychological effects of being men of color at these schools.

Opposition to Diversity Programs Contributes to the Defeat of Idaho's Higher Education Budget

Opposition to Diversity Programs Contributes to the Defeat of Idaho’s Higher Education Budget

The Idaho House of Representatives voted down the state’s budget for its four-year colleges and universities. Some legislators who opposed the budget voiced concerned that the educational institutions’ diversity efforts were “antithetical to the Idaho way.”

Banging the Drum to Make More Opportunities for African Americans in Classical Music

Banging the Drum to Make More Opportunities for African Americans in Classical Music

Sana Colter, a senior flute performance major at Rutgers University in New Jersey, has established an organization that she hopes will help African Americans and students from other underrepresented groups gain a toehold in classical music.

Syracuse University Taking Further Efforts to Improve Campus Climate for Black Students

Syracuse University Taking Further Efforts to Improve Campus Climate for Black Students

After a series of racial incidents occurred on campus during the fall semester, Syracuse University announced that it would take steps to improve the campus climate for African American students who make up 6 percent of the student body and students from other underrepresented groups.

Report Examines Recruitment and Retention of Black Students in Physics and Astronomy

Report Examines Recruitment and Retention of Black Students in Physics and Astronomy

According to the report from the American Institute of Physics, “The persistent underrepresentation of African Americans in physics and astronomy is due to the lack of a supportive environment for these students in many departments, and the enormous financial challenges facing them.”

Syracuse University Announces New Efforts to Boost Faculty Diversity

Syracuse University Announces New Efforts to Boost Faculty Diversity

The new initiatives will provide academic departments with funds from the central administration to share a greater proportion of the costs of new hires from underrepresented groups.

Yale Renews Faculty Diversity Effort for Another Five Years

Yale Renews Faculty Diversity Effort for Another Five Years

There are 85 Black ladder faculty at Yale. They make up 3.2 percent of all tenured or tenure-track faculty. In 2018, eight Black ladder faculty were hired, making up 3 percent of all new hires. Eight Black ladder faculty left Yale in 2017.

University of Kansas to Offer a Graduate Degree Program in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership

University of Kansas to Offer a Graduate Degree Program in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership

The program is designed to offer graduate students and working professionals the tools and techniques to better navigate leadership opportunities within the context of social diversity and equity in the United States.

New Scholarships at the University of Pennsylvania Seek to Boost Diversity in City Planning

New Scholarships at the University of Pennsylvania Seek to Boost Diversity in City Planning

The department of city and regional planning in the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania has established the Moelis Scholars program that is open to African American and Latinx students who are thinking about pursuing careers in housing and community and economic development.

New Georgia Tech Program Aims to Increase Diversity of Critics and Reviewers

New Georgia Tech Program Aims to Increase Diversity of Critics and Reviewers

The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta recently held a workshop to develop a program to increase diversity among critics and reviewers of poetry. The effort is a collaboration of the university’s Poetry@Tech program and the Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics program in the United Kingdom.

Washington State Voters Reject Referendum That Would Have Reinstated Affirmative Action

Washington State Voters Reject Referendum That Would Have Reinstated Affirmative Action

On Tuesday, November 5, voters in the state of Washington rejected – by a slim margin – a measure that would have reinstated race-sensitive admissions at state-operated colleges and universities. Voters in rural areas of the state rejected the effort to reinstate race-sensitive admissions by a large margin.

Haverford College Unveils a Collection of Works by Philosophers From Underrepresented Groups

Haverford College Unveils a Collection of Works by Philosophers From Underrepresented Groups

A new collection at Haverford College in Pennsylvania aims to showcase philosophers who are not White and not male.

Washington State Ballot Referendum Could Reinstate Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Washington State Ballot Referendum Could Reinstate Affirmative Action in College Admissions

In 1998, voters in Washington State voted by a large margin to prohibit public colleges and universities from considering race in admissions decisions. This year, voters will have the opportunity to reinstate affirmative action.

The University of Florida Has the Most Black Women Faculty in Engineering

The University of Florida Has the Most Black Women Faculty in Engineering

According to the American Society for Engineering Education, a nonprofit dedicated to engineering education, the seven Black women faculty members in engineering are the most among the 338 four-year degree-granting engineering schools in the United States.

Penn State Seeks to Diversify the Field of Library Science

Penn State Seeks to Diversify the Field of Library Science

Pennsylvania State University Libraries has welcomed its third cohort for its University Libraries Diversity Residency Program. This three-year postgraduate appointment will provide library professionals with transferable work experiences and career development in preparation for future leadership roles in the field.

University of South Florida Reports Major Uptick in Supplier Diversity

University of South Florida Reports Major Uptick in Supplier Diversity

In 2018-19, the University of South Florida spent nearly $35 million with diverse suppliers, an increase of nearly $8 million from the previous year and almost double the amount from 2016-17. Overall, 8.7 percent of the university’s competitively sourced purchases last year were made with diverse suppliers.

CUNY Announces New Policies Aimed at Increasing Engagement with Minority-Owned Businesses

CUNY Announces New Policies Aimed at Increasing Engagement with Minority-Owned Businesses

A recent conference offered insight to minority- and women-owned businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses on how to conduct business with CUNY and to provide a forum for networking with CUNY decision-makers.

The First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics at Florida State University

The First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics at Florida State University

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Kalisa Villafana decided at the age of 12 that she would be a physicist.

Colleges and Universities With the Most and Least Race and Class Interaction

Colleges and Universities With the Most and Least Race and Class Interaction

Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, was ranked first on the list of colleges than had little race or class interaction. African Americans make up 4 percent of the undergraduate student body at Quinnipiac. Rice University in Houston was rated as having the most race/class interaction.

University of Chicago Releases Progress Report on Its Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

University of Chicago Releases Progress Report on Its Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

The report is broken down into four sections: infrastructure, climate, people, and community. In each section, the university details how each area of the institution has made improvements to the school’s overall diversity over the past year and a half.

University of Michigan Creates New Professorships to Honor Diversity Efforts

University of Michigan Creates New Professorships to Honor Diversity Efforts

The new professorships will recognize senior faculty who have shown a commitment to the university’s ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion through their scholarship, teaching, or service and engagement.

No Progress in the Number of Black Students Admitted to the University of California

No Progress in the Number of Black Students Admitted to the University of California

Three years ago, there was a major increase in the number of Black students admitted to the nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California. Since that time progress has stagnated.

Vanderbilt University Launches Blog Dedicated to Diversity-Related Efforts on Campus

Vanderbilt University Launches Blog Dedicated to Diversity-Related Efforts on Campus

The “Strengthening the Ties” blog will provide toolkits and educational content related to cultural observances and holidays, share relevant issues at Vanderbilt, and highlight the experiences and accomplishments of diverse individuals at Vanderbilt.

University of Massachusetts Partners With the University of South Africa

University of Massachusetts Partners With the University of South Africa

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of South Africa have signed a memorandum of understanding that will establish a framework for future research, faculty, and student exchanges between the two universities.