Diversity

Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Posts as Diversity Officers

Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Posts as Diversity Officers

The trio of African American men in new diversity pots includes Daryl A. Carter at East Tennessee State University, Micahe; Bowie at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and Michael Young at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Named to New Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Four African Americans Who Have Been Named to New Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new duties in diversity equity, and inclusion are Elliott Dawes at Baruch College in New York, Leah Cox at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stephen Hairston at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Meshea L. Poore of West Virginia University, who was elected president of the Big 12 Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new diversity roles are John Johnson at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, Angela Mosley-Monts at the University of Arkansas, Carllos Lassiter at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, Ivy Banks at the Association of American Universities, and Samira M. Payne at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Four African American Women Appointed to Posts as University Diversity Officers

Four African American Women Appointed to Posts as University Diversity Officers

Taking on new diversity roles are Nakeshia N. Williams at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, Kortet Mensah at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina, Luz Randolph at Louisiana State University, and Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Four African Americans Who Are Assuming New Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Four African Americans Who Are Assuming New Diversity Positions in Higher Education

The four new diversity officers are Travon Robinson at Butte College in Oroville, California, Julie Bernard at Norwich University in Vermont, Charlene Holmes at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and Michael Alston at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

State University of New York Aims to Diversify Its Faculty

State University of New York Aims to Diversify Its Faculty

Today, only 4 percent of the faculty members in the state system are Black. Now in its second year, the Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and Growth (PRODiG) program has resulted in 41 percent of all new faculty hires being from underrepresented groups.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Hired to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Five African Americans Who Have Been Hired to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

The five African Americans in new diversity roles are Anita Fernander at Florida Atlantic University, Patrick Dudley at Stanford University, Andrea Abrams at Cenre College in Danville, Kentucky, Amber Benton at Michigan State University and Gretchen Cook-Anderson at IES Abroad.

Purdue University Looks to Boost its Commitment to African American Students

Purdue University Looks to Boost its Commitment to African American Students

The Equity Task Force at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, has defined concrete goals and plans to invest more than $75 million into the support of Black students and programs over the course of the next five years. Among the goals are to double the number of Black undergraduate students at the university.

Diversity Efforts More Likely to Be Supported When They Are Seen to Benefit White Students

Diversity Efforts More Likely to Be Supported When They Are Seen to Benefit White Students

A new study by scholars in the department of psychology at Princeton University in New Jersey finds that the rationale for greater diversity in higher education often reflects the views of Whites but not necessarily those of Blacks.

Report Finds De Facto Racial Segregation in Virginia's Public Universities

Report Finds De Facto Racial Segregation in Virginia’s Public Universities

At the University of Virginia, just 13 percent of undergraduates identified as Black or Hispanic; that share is 60 percent lower than the state’s population ages 18 to 24. The College of William & Mary and Christopher Newport University are near large Black population centers but each of their student bodies is just 7 percent Black.

A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Named to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Named to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Shirley J. Everett was named senior adviser to the provost on equity and inclusion at Stanford University. Emmanuel Adero is the new deputy chief officer for the  Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Torsheika Maddox was named chief of staff for the chief diversity officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Three African American Women Taking on New University Diversity Assignments

Three African American Women Taking on New University Diversity Assignments

Laura Jack will be acting chief diversity officer at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Brandi Elliott is taking on a diversity role at the University of Cincinnati and Kerri Thompson Tillett has been named associate vice chancellor for equal opportunity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed Diversity Officers

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed Diversity Officers

Appointed to executive positions in diversity are Damita Davis at the College of Brockport of the State University of New York System, Sarah Walker at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Bryan Samuel at the University of Texas at Arlington, and Nefertiti Walker at the University of Massachusetts.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Hired to Diversity Posts at Colleges and Universities

Four African Americans Who Have Been Hired to Diversity Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles as diversity officers are Pierre Morton at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire, Harris Akinloye at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, Keesha Burke-Henderson at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and Constance Porter at Rice University in Houston.

A Quartet of African Americans Who Are Taking on New Roles in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A Quartet of African Americans Who Are Taking on New Roles in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The four African Americans who have been appointed to diversity positions are Michelle Foster at Colorado State University, B. Sherrance Russell at the University of Missouri, Anita Dashiell-Sparks at the University of Southern California, and Kristina Marshall at Baker College in Michigan.

Four African Americans Taking on New Positions as Diversity Officers

Four African Americans Taking on New Positions as Diversity Officers

Appointed to posts in diversity, equity, and inclusion are Christopher Manning at the University of Southern California, Jessica Harris at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Matthew C. Chaney at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and Roderick J. Gilbert at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Racial Diversity Problem in Music Schools at Universities in the United States

The Racial Diversity Problem in Music Schools at Universities in the United States

Nationwide, about 6 percent of all students who earn bachelor’s degrees in music are Black. A concentration on the classical music of Europe at many schools of music is one reason for a low level of participation by Black students. Music education, with its high cost for purchasing instruments, training, traveling, is also a challenge.

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.