Diversity

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.

University of Michigan Commits $85 Million to Enhance Campus Diversity

University of Michigan Commits $85 Million to Enhance Campus 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.

Louisiana State University Reports a Record Number of African American Students

Louisiana State University Reports a Record Number of African American Students

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 Looks to Take the Next Diversity Step: From Inclusion to Belonging

Harvard Looks to Take the Next Diversity Step: From Inclusion to Belonging

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.

University of Missouri Looks to Boost Black Faculty

University of Missouri Looks to Boost Black Faculty

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.

Study Finds Army Vets Are More Comfortable With Racial Residential Integration Than Non-Vets

Study Finds Army Vets Are More Comfortable With Racial Residential Integration Than Non-Vets

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.

Survey of Dartmouth College Students Finds Widespread Support for Racial Diversity

Survey of Dartmouth College Students Finds Widespread Support for Racial Diversity

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?

Northwestern University Report Examines the Black Student Experience on Campus

Northwestern University Report Examines the Black Student Experience on Campus

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.

Virginia Tech Mandates Diversity Training for All Faculty Search Committee Members

Virginia Tech Mandates Diversity Training for All Faculty Search Committee Members

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.

Georgia Tech Outlines Steps It Will Take to Create a More Welcoming Campus for Black Students

Georgia Tech Outlines Steps It Will Take to Create a More Welcoming Campus for Black Students

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.

Vanderbilt University Reorganizes Staff to Better Serve a Diverse Student Body

Vanderbilt University Reorganizes Staff to Better Serve a Diverse Student Body

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 Outlines New Diversity Initiatives

Syracuse University Outlines New Diversity Initiatives

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.

New Mentoring Program for First-Year Students at Youngstown State University

New Mentoring Program for First-Year Students at Youngstown State University

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.

The Snail-Like Progress of Racial Diversity in Sororities at the University of Alabama

The Snail-Like Progress of Racial Diversity in Sororities at the University of Alabama

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.

Medical University of South Carolina Becoming More Diverse

Medical University of South Carolina Becoming More Diverse

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.

New Legislation Aims to Boost Diversity in Public Schools

New Legislation Aims to Boost Diversity in Public Schools

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 Adopts New System-Wide Diversity Initiative

Southern Illinois University Adopts New System-Wide Diversity Initiative

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.”

University of Oregon Creates a Fund to Promote Diversity

University of Oregon Creates a Fund to Promote Diversity

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.

Study Finds That Mandatory Diversity Training Is Ineffective

Study Finds That Mandatory Diversity Training Is Ineffective

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.

The University of Cincinnati to Request a Diversity Statement From All Job Applicants

The University of Cincinnati to Request a Diversity Statement From All Job Applicants

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.

New Black Faculty Association at the University of Cincinnati

New Black Faculty Association at the University of Cincinnati

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.

Dartmouth College Unveils Its Action Plan for Inclusive Excellence

Dartmouth College Unveils Its Action Plan for Inclusive Excellence

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.

Brown University's New Visiting Faculty Program Aims to Boost Diversity

Brown University’s New Visiting Faculty Program Aims to Boost Diversity

Under the Provost’s Visiting Professors program, scholars from underrepresented groups will spend between one and four semesters on the Brown campus.

Examining Faculty Diversity at the University of Southern California

Examining Faculty Diversity at the University of Southern California

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.

A Record Percentage of Black Students in Harvard's 2016 Entering Class

A Record Percentage of Black Students in Harvard’s 2016 Entering Class

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.

Legislature Eliminates Funding for the Office of Diversity at the University of Tennessee

Legislature Eliminates Funding for the Office of Diversity at the University of Tennessee

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.”

University of Cincinnati Program Aims to Increase Diversity in America's Orchestras

University of Cincinnati Program Aims to Increase Diversity in America’s Orchestras

Only 4 percent of the members of America’s professional orchestra musicians are Black or Latino, according to the League of American Orchestras. A new fellows program at the University of Cincinnati, in conjunction with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, seeks to increase diversity in the field.

University of Oregon Responds to Black Student Protestor Demands

University of Oregon Responds to Black Student Protestor Demands

The University of Oregon has agreed to take action based on demands presented by student protestors in demonstrations held on campus in recent months. The university has agree to boost recruitment efforts, establish a Black residential community, and bring prominent Black scholars to campus.

New Report Examines Teacher Diversity in U.S. Schools

New Report Examines Teacher Diversity in U.S. Schools

The percentage of African Americans in the elementary and secondary school teacher force actually declined from the 1987-88 school year to the 2011-12 school year at a time when the nation’s schools became increasingly populated by students of color.

College of William and Mary Takes Steps to Enhance the Diversity of Its Faculty

College of William and Mary Takes Steps to Enhance the Diversity of Its Faculty

The college also announced other efforts aimed at enhancing diversity and race relations on campus. This includes a proposal to name two residence halls in honor of African Americans, one a slave who was owned by the university and the other a long-time administrator.

University of California, San Diego Launches Black Academic Excellence Initiative

University of California, San Diego Launches Black Academic Excellence Initiative

The goal of the initiative is to increase the number of Black students and faculty on campus and to make the campus environment more welcoming to African Americans. The latest Education Department data shows that Blacks make up just one percent of the undergraduate student body.

University of Cincinnati Launches New Fellowships for Minority Ph.D. Students

University of Cincinnati Launches New Fellowships for Minority Ph.D. Students

The University of Cincinnati has announced that it has created the Provost Graduate Fellowship that will provide financial aid for students from underrepresented minority groups in the university’s graduate programs.