The goal of the new Center for Academic Equity on the Tulane University campus is to foster the academic excellence of students from underrepresented groups.
The 10 members of the group are the University of Texas at Arlington, Cornell University, Howard University, Northwestern University, Michigan State University, Boston University, Iowa State University, University of Buffalo, University of Georgia, and the University of Maryland, College Park.
Adia Harvey Wingfield, a professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, was named president-elect of the Sociologists for Women in Society, an organization dedicated to improving the social position of women through feminist sociological research and writing.
The purpose of the new website is to provide a clear and accessible resource for faculty in support of the university’s efforts to enhance Vanderbilt as a welcoming, supportive and inclusive academic community.
The Summer Venture in Business Program is a three-day, pre-college summer program that will familiarize potential business students from underrepresented groups with college academic and social life.
Of the 257 student accepted for early admission at Williams College, 27 self-identify as African American. Thus, African Americans are 10.5 percent of all early admits at Williams this year. At Wesleyan University, there was a whopping 56 percent increase in African American early applicants.
Since 2010 there have been 120 Biology Scholars who have graduated from the university. More than 90 percent of those who applied to medical school were accepted and enrolled. Another 19 students are enrolled in Ph.D. programs and three are enrolled in M.D./Ph.D. programs.
The university’s Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship will emphasize academic research and scholarship, but will also include enhanced professional and leadership development training and robust mentoring.
Under the new program, 50 postdoctoral fellows will be recruited over the next five years to come to the University of Michigan to conduct research and gain experience in the classroom. The program is focused on increasing gender and racial diversity.
My Sister’s Keeper, founded by Professor Helen Elaine Lee, seeks to support Black women students, with social, professional, and mentoring relationships. To meet this goal, the organization has created “sister circles,” small groups of five or six students, staff, and faculty united by common interests.
Under the new program, the office of the provost at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, will contribute funds to cover 25 percent of the salary of a new hire that contributes to the department’s diversity.
The University of Michigan has announced a five-year plan to make the university community more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. The university has committed $85 million in new resources over the next five years to implement the initiatives in the plan.
The university reports that there are 3,741 African Americans on campus this fall, an all-time high. But it must be pointed out that African Americans make up 12 percent of the student body at the university, whereas Blacks are 32.5 percent of the Louisiana population.
Harvard University is taking the next step by forming the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging. The task force will study and make recommendations on how to make Harvard a more welcoming place for all students from underrepresented groups.
Last fall students at the University of Missouri issued a set of demands calling for Black faculty to increase from 3 percent to 10 percent by 2018. The university has countered with a plan to raise “minority” faculty from 6.7 percent to 13.4 percent over the next four years.
A new study by sociologists at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Connecticut finds that soldiers’ experiences with racial integration in the military result in veterans being more willing to live in racially integrated neighborhoods once they return to civilian life.
A new survey finds widespread support among Dartmouth College students for giving priority to members of underrepresented groups in faculty hiring and student admission decisions. But are those surveyed just giving the researchers the answers they want to hear?
A new report issued by the Black Student Experience Taskforce at Northwestern University presents a detailed look at the status of African American students at the university.
From now on, all search committee members reviewing applications for teaching, research, and faculty positions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University will be required to complete an online diversity training course.
Recently the Black Student Experience Task Force at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta presented its recommendations to university President G.P. Peterson on how to promote equity and inclusion on campus. Dr. Peterson has approved all the recommendations.
A new Office of Social Justice and Identity has been established that will offer events, activities, and training programs that both celebrate diversity and serve to educate Vanderbilt students on pertinent issues of social justice, identity, and advocacy.
Syracuse University in New York has announced a series of new initiatives aimed at further enhancing campus diversity. One important development is that of the 70 new full-time faculty members hired for the 2016-17 academic year, 31, or 44 percent are faculty of color.
Seventeen first-year students from underrepresented groups will be the first cohort of Navarro Executive Fellows. They will be paired with a mentor from the university’s leadership team.
This year’s sorority rush was just completed. There were 25 African American students who received bids among the 2,488 women who were accepted at traditionally White sororities. This is just a shade over 1 percent. Blacks are 11 percent of the undergraduate student body at the university.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the Medical University of South Carolina enrolls the fifth highest number of African American students among medical schools that are not considered historically Black institutions.
If enacted into law, The Stronger Together School Diversity Act of 2016 will encourage voluntary community-driven efforts to increase diversity in schools.
Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn stated that the new initiative was put in place so that all campuses in the system “reflect a culture that values diversity and inclusivity in all its forms.”
The Division of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Oregon has begun a new fundraising drive to build a fund that will support efforts to recruit more students and faculty from underrepresented groups and to create a more welcoming environment on campus.
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.
Applicants for administrative position at the University of Cincinnati will be asked to file a personal statement on their contributions to diversity efforts and/or the potential contributions to diversity, inclusion, or leadership that they plan to make if hired by the university.
The organization is an official group at the university with funding and other support services provided by the university administration. The university will fund the group’s faculty development seminars, research symposia, as well as mentoring and networking initiatives.
The plan contains more than three dozen new initiatives and enhancements of existing programs. Among the most notable items in the plan is a pledge to hire 50 faculty members from underrepresented groups over the next decade.
Under the Provost’s Visiting Professors program, scholars from underrepresented groups will spend between one and four semesters on the Brown campus.
The data shows a total of 3,614 faculty members at the university. Of these, 108, or 3 percent are Black. There are only two tenured Black faculty members in the life and natural sciences and three at the university’s medical school.
Black students make up 11.4 percent of all students in the Class of 2020. This is the highest percentage of Black students in any entering class in Harvard’s 380-year history.
Administrators in the diversity office at the university had angered legislators by calling for the use of gender-neutral pronouns and the suggestion that office holiday parties not be “Christmas parties in disguise.”