Diversity

New Georgia Tech Program Aims to Increase Diversity of Critics and Reviewers

New Georgia Tech Program Aims to Increase Diversity of Critics and Reviewers

The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta recently held a workshop to develop a program to increase diversity among critics and reviewers of poetry. The effort is a collaboration of the university’s Poetry@Tech program and the Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics program in the United Kingdom.

Washington State Voters Reject Referendum That Would Have Reinstated Affirmative Action

Washington State Voters Reject Referendum That Would Have Reinstated Affirmative Action

On Tuesday, November 5, voters in the state of Washington rejected – by a slim margin – a measure that would have reinstated race-sensitive admissions at state-operated colleges and universities. Voters in rural areas of the state rejected the effort to reinstate race-sensitive admissions by a large margin.

Haverford College Unveils a Collection of Works by Philosophers From Underrepresented Groups

Haverford College Unveils a Collection of Works by Philosophers From Underrepresented Groups

A new collection at Haverford College in Pennsylvania aims to showcase philosophers who are not White and not male.

Washington State Ballot Referendum Could Reinstate Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Washington State Ballot Referendum Could Reinstate Affirmative Action in College Admissions

In 1998, voters in Washington State voted by a large margin to prohibit public colleges and universities from considering race in admissions decisions. This year, voters will have the opportunity to reinstate affirmative action.

The University of Florida Has the Most Black Women Faculty in Engineering

The University of Florida Has the Most Black Women Faculty in Engineering

According to the American Society for Engineering Education, a nonprofit dedicated to engineering education, the seven Black women faculty members in engineering are the most among the 338 four-year degree-granting engineering schools in the United States.

Penn State Seeks to Diversify the Field of Library Science

Penn State Seeks to Diversify the Field of Library Science

Pennsylvania State University Libraries has welcomed its third cohort for its University Libraries Diversity Residency Program. This three-year postgraduate appointment will provide library professionals with transferable work experiences and career development in preparation for future leadership roles in the field.

University of South Florida Reports Major Uptick in Supplier Diversity

University of South Florida Reports Major Uptick in Supplier Diversity

In 2018-19, the University of South Florida spent nearly $35 million with diverse suppliers, an increase of nearly $8 million from the previous year and almost double the amount from 2016-17. Overall, 8.7 percent of the university’s competitively sourced purchases last year were made with diverse suppliers.

CUNY Announces New Policies Aimed at Increasing Engagement with Minority-Owned Businesses

CUNY Announces New Policies Aimed at Increasing Engagement with Minority-Owned Businesses

A recent conference offered insight to minority- and women-owned businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses on how to conduct business with CUNY and to provide a forum for networking with CUNY decision-makers.

The First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics at Florida State University

The First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics at Florida State University

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Kalisa Villafana decided at the age of 12 that she would be a physicist.

Colleges and Universities With the Most and Least Race and Class Interaction

Colleges and Universities With the Most and Least Race and Class Interaction

Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, was ranked first on the list of colleges than had little race or class interaction. African Americans make up 4 percent of the undergraduate student body at Quinnipiac. Rice University in Houston was rated as having the most race/class interaction.

University of Chicago Releases Progress Report on Its Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

University of Chicago Releases Progress Report on Its Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

The report is broken down into four sections: infrastructure, climate, people, and community. In each section, the university details how each area of the institution has made improvements to the school’s overall diversity over the past year and a half.

University of Michigan Creates New Professorships to Honor Diversity Efforts

University of Michigan Creates New Professorships to Honor Diversity Efforts

The new professorships will recognize senior faculty who have shown a commitment to the university’s ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion through their scholarship, teaching, or service and engagement.

No Progress in the Number of Black Students Admitted to the University of California

No Progress in the Number of Black Students Admitted to the University of California

Three years ago, there was a major increase in the number of Black students admitted to the nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California. Since that time progress has stagnated.

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.