Diversity

Three Universities Announce the Appointments of African American Diversity Officers

Three Universities Announce the Appointments of African American Diversity Officers

Carl Hampton is the chief diversity officer at Governor State University in Illinois. Kristie A. Ford was named associate provost for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and Michael States was named associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Federal Judge Upholds Race-Sensitive Admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Federal Judge Upholds Race-Sensitive Admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In 2014, the group Students for Fair Admissions filed a lawsuit alleging that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill unfairly uses race to give significant preference to underrepresented minority applicants to the detriment of White and Asian-American applicants, while ignoring race-neutral alternatives for achieving a diverse student body.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Higher Education Diversity Posts

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Higher Education Diversity Posts

The five African Americans taking on new diversity roles are G. Christopher Hunt at Moravian University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Randi Congleton at the University of Pittsburgh, Herman Gray at Wayne State University in Detroit, Natara Gray at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Jordan Brandt at the University of Kansas.

A Snapshot of African American Enrollments in Private K-12 Schools in the United States

A Snapshot of African American Enrollments in Private K-12 Schools in the United States

Of the more than 4.6 million students enrolled in private schools in the United States in 2019, 9.4 percent were Black or African American. Blacks made up a greater percentage of students in smaller private schools and in private schools in urban areas.

Two African American Women Appointed to Diversity Positions

Two African American Women Appointed to Diversity Positions

Tekita R. Bankhead has been named executive director for support programs in the Division of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion at Mississippi State University and Sonia Rucke was appointed the associate vice president of the department of inclusion and belonging at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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

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

Taking on new roles as diversity officers are Tacquice Wiggan Davis at the College of New Jersey, Phillip Cockrell at Cleveland Stae University in Ohio, Felysha Jenkins at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Nickey Woods at the University of Southern California School of Law, and Shawnboda Mead at the University of Mississippi.

Blacks More Likely to Take Advantage of Optional Test-Score Reporting During the Pandemic

Blacks More Likely to Take Advantage of Optional Test-Score Reporting During the Pandemic

Most colleges and universities were test-optional this past year due to the pandemic but some students still reported their scores. Only 31 percent of students from underrepresented minority groups reported test scores this past year, compared to 43 percent of all students who used the Common App.

Five African Americans Who Are Taking on New Roles as University Diversity Officers

Five African Americans Who Are Taking on New Roles as University Diversity Officers

The five African Americans who have been named to diversity positions are Sherrae Mack at Xavier University in Cincinnati, James Huguley at the University of Pittsburgh, Margie Gill at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, Renee Madison at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and Katrina Rugless at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky.

Foundation Offers Cash to African American College Graduates Who Teach in Colorado Schools

Foundation Offers Cash to African American College Graduates Who Teach in Colorado Schools

In an effort to encourage more African Americans to become teachers in the state, the Sachs Foundation in conjunction with Colorado College is offering African Americans who graduate from the college $10,000 for each of their first three years in the classroom if they become teachers in Colorado.

Survey Finds Widespread Student Support for Diversity Initiatives in Higher Education

Survey Finds Widespread Student Support for Diversity Initiatives in Higher Education

Nearly half of surveyed students believe that their school should require all students, faculty, and staff to participate in DEI training. An additional 46 percent of respondents believe that their schools should require all students to participate in a semester-long course on the history and root causes of the unequal distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges in society.

Four Universitiies Annouce the Appointment of African Americans to Diversity Positions

Four Universitiies Annouce the Appointment of African Americans to Diversity Positions

Taking on new roles as diversity administrators are Cerri A. Banks at Syracuse University in New York, Levon T. Esters at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, Wanda B. Knight at Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg, and Katrice A. Albert at the University of Kentucky.

Study Identifies the Whitest Corner of the STEM World

Study Identifies the Whitest Corner of the STEM World

There has been no progress in geoscience Ph.D. degrees in racial and ethnic diversity in 40 years. There has been an increase of racial and ethnic diversity at the bachelor’s degree level but most of this is the result of a larger number of Hispanic graduates. Blacks make up just 3 percent of bachelor’s degree awards.

Three African Americans Who Have Been Assigned to New Roles Relating to Diversity

Three African Americans Who Have Been Assigned to New Roles Relating to Diversity

Taking on new duties relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion are Brooke Berry at Virginia Commonwealth University, Daniel Hastings at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Barbara J. Lawrence at Rider University in Lawrence Township, New Jersey.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

The African Americans assigned to new diversity posts are James McShay at the University of Maryland College Park, Dominique A. Quarles at Mississippi State University, Sharnnia Artis at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and Mel Williams Jr. at the Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C.

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

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

The five African Americans in new diversity posts are Adrian Smith at the Univerity of Arkansas, Tashiana Bryant-Myrick at the California Institute of Technology, Brian Barker at Florida International Universitiy, Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, and raven Baxter at the University of California, Irvine.

Sharp Rise in the Number of Black Students Admitted to the University of California

Sharp Rise in the Number of Black Students Admitted to the University of California

This year – when standardized test scores were not required –  4,608 Black students from California were admitted to an undergraduate campus of the University of California. This was up from 3,987 Black students a year ago.

New Survey Shows the Extent of Teacher Training to Serve a Diverse Student Body

New Survey Shows the Extent of Teacher Training to Serve a Diverse Student Body

Among public school teachers, 74 percent of those who had begun teaching in the 2016-18 period took courses on serving students from diverse backgrounds. Only 40 percent of public school teachers who started in classrooms before 1981 had the same training.

Five Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Five Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles as diversity officers are Larry P. Thomas at Pennsylvania State University, Sibby Anderson-Thompkins at Sewanee: The University of the South, Kauline Cipriani at Colorado State University, Lemuel W. Watson at Indiana University in Bloomington, and Norm Jones at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Four African American Appointed to Diversity Posts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Four African American Appointed to Diversity Posts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The new assistant deans for diversity at MIT are Alana Anderson in the Schwarzman College of Computing, Nandi Bynoe in the School of Engineering, Tracie Jones in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and Bryan Thomas Jr. in the Sloan School of Management.

Five Black Scholars Appointed to Higher Education Diversity Posts

Five Black Scholars Appointed to Higher Education Diversity Posts

Recently hired to diversity posts are Paul Frazier at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Sylvia R. Carey-Butler at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, LaVar Charleston at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jeanne Arnold at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, and Wilmore Webley at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Caltech Has Climbed Aboard the Diversity Bandwagon and Has the Numbers to Prove It

Caltech Has Climbed Aboard the Diversity Bandwagon and Has the Numbers to Prove It

JBHE has conducted an annual survey on the number of Black students in the entering classes of the nation’s top-ranked research universities for nearly 30 years. On many occasions, the number of Black students in the first-year class at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena could have been counted on one hand. Not anymore.

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.