Diversity

Intervention Succeeds in Boosting Retention of Students From Underrepresented Groups

Intervention Succeeds in Boosting Retention of Students From Underrepresented Groups

A new intervention program developed at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis has been proven successful in boosting the retention rate and grade point averages of students from underrepresented groups.

Two HBCUs Will Participate in the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative

Two HBCUs Will Participate in the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative

The art museums at Clark Atlanta University and Fisk University in Nashville, will receive grants from the Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation for programs to foster greater diversify in museum leadership positions.

Vanderbilt University's Second Annual Report on Diversity Measures and Progress

Vanderbilt University’s Second Annual Report on Diversity Measures and Progress

The university made offers for 61 faculty positions. Of these 45 were accepted. A third of these were members of minority groups and 58 percent were women. More than a quarter of all students entering Ph.D. programs in education and graduate programs in the Divinity School are from underrepresented groups.

University of South Florida Looks to Increase Diversity Among Its Contracting Partners

University of South Florida Looks to Increase Diversity Among Its Contracting Partners

In addition to ongoing efforts aimed at student and faculty diversity, the university has debuted the USF System Supplier Diversity program.

The New Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion Opens at Carnegie Mellon University

The New Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion Opens at Carnegie Mellon University

The offerings of the center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh are resources related to race, ethnicity, first in family, men and masculinity, feminism, women, gender expression and LGBTQ.

The Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy Launches at Northwestern University

The Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy Launches at Northwestern University

The new center, which will be housed in the department of political science, aims to foster research, dialogue and analysis regarding the ways in which democracy, diversity and politics interact in the United States and in nations around the globe.

Brown University Aims to Double the Number of Graduate Students From Underrepresented Groups

Brown University Aims to Double the Number of Graduate Students From Underrepresented Groups

The 2016 Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan at Brown University called on the university to double the number of graduate students from historically underrepresented groups by 2022. It’s off to a good start.

University of Maryland Establishes the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

University of Maryland Establishes the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

The new center will serve as a national hub for research, policy, professional standards, and consultation for universities on critical issues related to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

Columbia University to Invest $100 Million in Faculty Diversity Programs

Columbia University to Invest $100 Million in Faculty Diversity Programs

Over the next five years, Columbia University will invest $100 million in the effort to support recruitment and career development for professors, doctoral, and postdoctoral students who have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education.

Diversity in Friendships at School Can Lead to Greater Academic Success

Diversity in Friendships at School Can Lead to Greater Academic Success

A new study by scholars at the University of California, Davis finds that early adolescents’ grades were higher when they socialized with peers from other ethnicities. Researchers examined the lunch companions of 800 sixth grade students in three states and examined differences in their grades.

Oregon State University Aims to Boost Diversity in Veterinary Medical Education

Oregon State University Aims to Boost Diversity in Veterinary Medical Education

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University is hosting 20 high school students from low-income and underrepresented groups this month for its Summer Veterinary Experience.

Ranking Top Colleges by the Net Price Paid by Low and Middle-Income Students

Ranking Top Colleges by the Net Price Paid by Low and Middle-Income Students

The New York Times recently published its list of the Top Colleges Doing the Most for the American Dream. The rankings are based on the percentage of undergraduate students who receive federal Pell Grants as well as the net price students must pay to attend these institutions.

Ranking Colleges by Racial and Class Interaction Among Their Student Bodies

Ranking Colleges by Racial and Class Interaction Among Their Student Bodies

According to the Princeton Review, the university where students from different races and classes interacted the most is Rice University in Houston, Texas. Providence College in Rhode Island was listed as the school where there is the least race/class interaction.

Vanderbilt University's Short Pipeline Program Aims to Increase Medical School Diversity

Vanderbilt University’s Short Pipeline Program Aims to Increase Medical School Diversity

Sophomore students from three historically Black colleges and universities spend the summer at the medical school conducting research and preparing for the Medical College Admission Test. If they meet certain requirements, they will be admitted to the medical school upon graduation.

Virginia Tech Holds Its Inaugural Black College Institute

Virginia Tech Holds Its Inaugural Black College Institute

The institute was a three-day, pre-college program that sought to acclimate African American and Black students to college life. Nearly 60 students attended.

UCLA Study Finds Middle Schoolers Are Happier in Diverse School Settings

UCLA Study Finds Middle Schoolers Are Happier in Diverse School Settings

A new study by psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, finds that middle school students from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds feel safer, less lonely, and less bullied if they attend diverse schools.

New Academy Seeks to Prepare Black Students for Graduate Study in Health Care Management

New Academy Seeks to Prepare Black Students for Graduate Study in Health Care Management

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Health Professions recently launched the Academy for Addressing Health Disparities through Health Care Leadership.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Makes Major Commitment to STEM Diversity

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Makes Major Commitment to STEM Diversity

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has selected 24 educational institutions to receive $1 million grants to promote STEM education. The initiative focuses on those undergraduates who come to college from diverse backgrounds and pathways.

Do College and University Rankings Inhibit the Drive for Racial Diversity?

Do College and University Rankings Inhibit the Drive for Racial Diversity?

The authors of the study say that the rankings tend to produce conformity, with lower-ranked educational institutions trying to emulate their higher-ranked peers.

Using Food to Bridge the Cultural Divide

Using Food to Bridge the Cultural Divide

“Sharing Experience: Heritage, Home and History” was the title of a research project conducted at Mississippi State University in Starksville this spring.

Task Force Issues Plan to Make Western Carolina University More Inclusive

Task Force Issues Plan to Make Western Carolina University More Inclusive

The Joint Task Force on Racism at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, was composed of faculty, staff, and students. The task force recently issued a series of recommendations to improve the climate for diversity and inclusion on campus.

University of Utah Looks to Prepare Black Doctoral Students for Their Careers

University of Utah Looks to Prepare Black Doctoral Students for Their Careers

The African American Doctoral Scholars initiative aims to develop teaching skills and provide training in developing syllabi, grant proposals, publishing, and presenting research.

Mississippi State University Expands Its Cultural Diversity Center

Mississippi State University Expands Its Cultural Diversity Center

The center was founded in 1989 and supports 11 student organizations that promote diversity and inclusion. The center is named after Richard E. Holmes, who was the first Black student at the university.

University of Missouri Opens New Center on Diversity in the Media

University of Missouri Opens New Center on Diversity in the Media

Julius Riles, an assistant professor of communication at the University of Missouri, was named co-director of the new center. The new center will examine all aspects of diversity in both traditional and new media.

The Finalists for Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Alabama

The Finalists for Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Alabama

The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa has announced a field of four finalist for the position of vice president and associate provost for diversity, equity, and inclusion. All four candidates are African Americans.

Tulane University in New Orleans Debuts Its Center for Academic Equity

Tulane University in New Orleans Debuts Its Center for Academic Equity

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.

Ten Universities Join Forces to Address the Issue of Faculty Diversity

Ten Universities Join Forces to Address the Issue of Faculty Diversity

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 to Lead the Sociologists for Women in Society

Adia Harvey Wingfield to Lead the Sociologists for Women in Society

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.

Vanderbilt University's New Website Aims to Promote Inclusion for Faculty Members

Vanderbilt University’s New Website Aims to Promote Inclusion for Faculty Members

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.

University of Kansas Aims to Increase Diversity in Its Undergraduate Business Degree Programs

University of Kansas Aims to Increase Diversity in Its Undergraduate Business Degree Programs

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.

Two Top-Rated Liberal Arts College Report Large Number of Black Early Applicants

Two Top-Rated Liberal Arts College Report Large Number of Black Early Applicants

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.

Biology Scholars Program at Cornell University Propels Black Students to Graduate School

Biology Scholars Program at Cornell University Propels Black Students to Graduate School

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.

A New Postdoctoral Fellows Program Aims to Increase Diversity in Academia

A New Postdoctoral Fellows Program Aims to Increase Diversity in Academia

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.

University of Michigan Launches New PostDoc Fellowship Program to Enhance Diversity

University of Michigan Launches New PostDoc Fellowship Program to Enhance Diversity

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.

New Mentoring and Networking Group for Black Women at MIT

New Mentoring and Networking Group for Black Women at MIT

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.

Cornell University Offers Funding to Faculty Diversity Efforts

Cornell University Offers Funding to Faculty Diversity Efforts

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.