Diversity

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.

Rutgers University Allocates $20 Million Towards Hiring Diverse Faculty

Rutgers University Allocates $20 Million Towards Hiring Diverse Faculty

The program, now totaling more than $40 million, will provide half the salary support for the first three years of each newly hired faculty member’s service at Rutgers, along with additional funds to support mentoring and retention.

Medgar Evers College and Michigan State Seek to Increase Racial Diversity in Forestry Studies

Medgar Evers College and Michigan State Seek to Increase Racial Diversity in Forestry Studies

Through a new 3+2 program, participating students will spend three years at Medgar Evers College, followed by two years at Michigan State. At the end of the five years, students will have earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in forestry.

African Americans Accepted Into the Class of 2023 at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

African Americans Accepted Into the Class of 2023 at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Recently, most of the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities informed applicants if they had been accepted for admission into the Class of 2023. Some revealed the racial/ethnic breakdown of their admitted students.

Harvard University Making Strides In Faculty Diversity

Harvard University Making Strides In Faculty Diversity

Since 2004, tenured-track appointments at Harvard University are up 54 percent for underrepresented minorities, which is particularly striking since the overall number of tenure-track faculty has decreased by 18 percent over the same time period.

University of Maryland Baltimore County Seeks Greater Diversity in the Public Policy Field

University of Maryland Baltimore County Seeks Greater Diversity in the Public Policy Field

The University of Maryland Baltimore County School of Public Policy has partnered with the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), a national organization that fosters excellence in research, analysis, and education in public policy.

SUNY Launches Initiative to Hire a Diverse Group of 1,000 Faculty by 2030

SUNY Launches Initiative to Hire a Diverse Group of 1,000 Faculty by 2030

In recent years, SUNY has been successful in increasing diversity among its students. As of Fall 2018, 28.5 percent of SUNY students are from underrepresented groups, up from 27.9 percent in 2017, and 15.4 percent in 2007. However, this progress has not been replicated among the university’s faculty.

Virginia Tech Reports 13 Percent Increase in Black Applicants

Virginia Tech Reports 13 Percent Increase in Black Applicants

In 2016, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands set a goal to have 40 percent of the student body come from underrepresented groups and first generation students by 2022.

Washington University Establishes the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, & Equity

Washington University Establishes the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, & Equity

The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, & Equity at Washington University in St. Louis, will support student research, attract visiting scholars, and create opportunities for collaboration among faculty, students, and members of the St. Louis community.

American Bar Association Defeats Measure That May Have Harmed HBCU Law Schools

American Bar Association Defeats Measure That May Have Harmed HBCU Law Schools

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates recently rejected a resolution that would have required law schools to have a bar passage rate in excess of 75 percent or face the risk of losing accreditation. Law schools at HBCUs tend to have low bar passage rates.

The CUNY School of Medicine is a Leader in Producing Minority Physicians

The CUNY School of Medicine is a Leader in Producing Minority Physicians

In 2018, the Association of American Medical Colleges cited the City University of New York School of Medicine as the fifth top medical school in the country for recruitment of Black and African-American students, exceeded only by the four historically Black medical schools.

New Entrepreneurship Competition Will Feature Students From 10 HBCUs

New Entrepreneurship Competition Will Feature Students From 10 HBCUs

Five students at 10 HBCUs will form teams that will compete with teams from other HBCUs at a weekend competition in Detroit in March. Students will devise and promote a business plan and compete for two top prizes.

Six Schools of Public Affairs Launch New Diversity Alliance

Six Schools of Public Affairs Launch New Diversity Alliance

The new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance seeks to encourage and sustain a pipeline of diverse candidates for faculty positions in criminal justice, policy, and public administration at the six participating schools.

Clemson University's Summer Scholars Program in Marketing for HBCU Students

Clemson University’s Summer Scholars Program in Marketing for HBCU Students

The program brings 30 students from historically Black colleges and universities to Clemson University in South Carolina for a week-long program in May to learn from marketing industry professionals and businesses.

Researchers Create Tool to Measure Cultural Competency Among Health Care Providers

Researchers Create Tool to Measure Cultural Competency Among Health Care Providers

Researchers from the College of Nursing at Washington State University are developing a tool to measure cultural competency among health care providers. The project is unique in that it tackles the issue from the patient’s point of view.

Princeton University's New Program Aims to Diversify the Architecture Field

Princeton University’s New Program Aims to Diversify the Architecture Field

Less than 2 percent of the nation’s registered architects are Black. To increase diversity in the field, Princeton University has launched its ArcPrep program that provides support, guidance, and academic and cultural enrichment to high school students who are typically underrepresented in the discipline.

"White Racial Literacy Project" Aims to Involve More White People in Racial Equity Conversations

“White Racial Literacy Project” Aims to Involve More White People in Racial Equity Conversations

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis has launched a new initiative, called the White Racial Literacy Project. The effort aims to get White students more involved in conversations about racial equity.

Purdue University's College of Agriculture Aims to Boost Diversity in Graduate Programs

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture Aims to Boost Diversity in Graduate Programs

The Mentoring@Purdue program pairs students with faculty or staff members and includes a summer scholars program which brings undergraduate students from historically Black colleges and universities to Purdue’s campus for a week-long program that teaches them how to start applying to graduate schools.

Virginia Tech Launches New Initiative to Bring a More Diverse Group of Students to Campus

Virginia Tech Launches New Initiative to Bring a More Diverse Group of Students to Campus

Virginia Tech has launched a new initiative, the Calhoun Discovery Program, that works with Virginia communities that typically graduate a lower number of college-bound high school students.

Clemson University Launches New Center for Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Educators

Clemson University Launches New Center for Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Educators

Faculty from Clemson will work with education and community leaders in local districts to get minority students interested in teaching at an earlier age and ease their transition from K-12 to two- and then four-year institutions of teacher education.

University of Southern California's New Program to Boost Diversity in STEM Graduate Education

University of Southern California’s New Program to Boost Diversity in STEM Graduate Education

The Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN) will partner the School of Education at the University of Southern California with over 30 professional organizations to increase diversity in STEM doctoral degrees.

Cornell Provost Increases Spending Towards Supporting Faculty Diversity

Cornell Provost Increases Spending Towards Supporting Faculty Diversity

This additional funding will bring total spending toward recruiting and retaining faculty from underrepresented groups to more than $60 million over the next five years.

Florida International University Aims to Boost Diversity in STEM Faculty

Florida International University Aims to Boost Diversity in STEM Faculty

Many of the 600 women from underrepresented groups who have graduated with STEM degrees from the university over the last five years, were most likely never taught by a woman who was Black or Hispanic.

Xavier University Announces the Creation of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit

Xavier University Announces the Creation of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit

The new center will be an intellectual and physical convening place for research, teaching, community engagement, and debate on issues related to race-based inequities, social identity production, and power relations.

George Washington University's Efforts to Boost Diversity and a Sense of Inclusion

George Washington University’s Efforts to Boost Diversity and a Sense of Inclusion

George Washington University in Washington, D.C., has recently launched efforts aimed at increasing diversity and to create a welcoming environment on campus for all students, faculty, and staff. In a city that is 49 percent Black, the undergraduate student body at George Washington University is only 7 percent Black.

New Bridge Program at Bowdoin College Honors Alumnus Geoffrey Canada

New Bridge Program at Bowdoin College Honors Alumnus Geoffrey Canada

The Geoffrey Canada Scholars program at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, was designed to transform the Bowdoin experience for students who are the first in their families to go to college, who come from low-income backgrounds, or who are from groups traditionally underrepresented at the college.

Universities Seeking to Increase Diversity Among Research Librarians

Universities Seeking to Increase Diversity Among Research Librarians

Only about 4 percent of research librarians are members of ethnic and racial minorities. A group of 36 university libraries are participating in an effort to raise that figure.

How Greater Diversity in the Physician Workforce Would Reduce Racial Health Disparities

How Greater Diversity in the Physician Workforce Would Reduce Racial Health Disparities

After conducting a randomized clinical trial among 1,300 Black men in Oakland, the researchers found that the men sought more preventive services after they were randomly seen by Black doctors for a free health-care screening compared to non-Black doctors.

University of Kansas Aims to Increase Diversity in Its Engineering Programs

University of Kansas Aims to Increase Diversity in Its Engineering Programs

The KUEST (KU Engineering, Science and Technology) program aims to expand and fill the pipeline of underrepresented engineers, including women and minorities, with an array of programs aimed at students as young as middle school.

Cornell University Task Force Makes Recommendations to Improve Campus Climate

Cornell University Task Force Makes Recommendations to Improve Campus Climate

After a series of race-related incidents on campus last fall, Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack formed the President’s Task Force on Campus Climate. The task force has issued three reports on campus experience, regulation of speech and harassment, and campus response.

Carnegie Mellon University Program Aims to Increase Diversity in Pittsburgh's Corporate Suite

Carnegie Mellon University Program Aims to Increase Diversity in Pittsburgh’s Corporate Suite

African-Americans represent 24 percent of the population of Pittsburgh and 13 percent in Allegheny County, yet African-Americans represent less than 0.1 percent of executive leadership positions.

Black Students Turning Away From CalPoly San Luis Obispo

Black Students Turning Away From CalPoly San Luis Obispo

University officials now say that the publicity surrounding racist incidents this past spring has had a chilling effect on the number of Black students who want to attend the university. Only 0.4 percent of the nearly 55,000 applicants this year were African Americans.

University of Maryland Takes Steps to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

University of Maryland Takes Steps to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

In March the report of the Joint President/Senate Inclusion and Respect Task Force was submitted to the University Senate and Wallace C. Loh, president of the university. Now, President Loh has called on the university to begin implementing the proposed changes.

Princeton University Looks to Diversify its Collection of Portraits

Princeton University Looks to Diversify its Collection of Portraits

Portraits of Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison and Sir Arthur Lewis have been added to the university’s collection. Eight other portraits have been commissioned. Three of the new portraits will feature African Americans.

African Americans Accepted for Admission at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

African Americans Accepted for Admission at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Recently, the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities informed applicants if they had been accepted for admission into the Class of 2022. Some of the nation’s most selective institutions provided acceptance data broken down by race and ethnicity.