Diversity

University of Maryland Takes Steps to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

University of Maryland Takes Steps to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

In March the report of the Joint President/Senate Inclusion and Respect Task Force was submitted to the University Senate and Wallace C. Loh, president of the university. Now, President Loh has called on the university to begin implementing the proposed changes.

Princeton University Looks to Diversify its Collection of Portraits

Princeton University Looks to Diversify its Collection of Portraits

Portraits of Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison and Sir Arthur Lewis have been added to the university’s collection. Eight other portraits have been commissioned. Three of the new portraits will feature African Americans.

African Americans Accepted for Admission at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

African Americans Accepted for Admission at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Recently, the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities informed applicants if they had been accepted for admission into the Class of 2022. Some of the nation’s most selective institutions provided acceptance data broken down by race and ethnicity.

Washington University Aims to Improve Campus Climate for Faculty and Staff

Washington University Aims to Improve Campus Climate for Faculty and Staff

Washington University in St. Louis is launching the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion. This organization has the mission of improving the campus climate for all faculty and staff members. It will offer networking events, diversity training, and support for existing and new affinity groups.

New Study Aims to Identify Best Practices in Mentoring to Increase Diversity in STEM Fields

New Study Aims to Identify Best Practices in Mentoring to Increase Diversity in STEM Fields

Angela Byars-Winston, professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected to lead a committee of the National Academy of Sciences that will seek to identify the best mentoring techniques to bring more women and members of underrepresented groups into STEM fields.

Syracuse University's New Grant Program to Enhance Campus Diversity Programs

Syracuse University’s New Grant Program to Enhance Campus Diversity Programs

The new grants will support diversity programs and practices on campus that “deepen understanding and engagement across multiple areas of difference, including racial, ethnic, religious, disability, nationality and veteran status, among others.”

Blacks Are Making Progress in Biomedical Research, But Not in Faculty Posts

Blacks Are Making Progress in Biomedical Research, But Not in Faculty Posts

The results showed that the diversions from developing a faculty career are found primarily at two clearly identifiable places, specifically during undergraduate education and in transition from postdoctoral fellowship to tenure-track faculty in the basic sciences at medical schools.

Washington University in St. Louis Is a New Partner of QuestBridge

Washington University in St. Louis Is a New Partner of QuestBridge

QuestBridge, based in Palo Alto, California, connects high-achieving students from low-income families to 40 of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities.

University of Minnesota Aims to Boost Retention and Graduation Rate of Black Students

University of Minnesota Aims to Boost Retention and Graduation Rate of Black Students

For students who enrolled at the flagship Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2010, 80 percent of Whites earned their degrees within six years. For African Americans the figures was 63 percent. The university hopes to narrow the gap.

University of Massachusetts Graduate School Launches Office of Inclusion and Engagement

University of Massachusetts Graduate School Launches Office of Inclusion and Engagement

The new office will develop initiatives designed to help students amplify the impact of their research, prepare for leadership positions, and broaden their career options. It will focus on recruitment, retention and success of graduate students from historically underrepresented populations.

An Increase in Black Transfer Applicants to the University of California System

An Increase in Black Transfer Applicants to the University of California System

Each year, there is a large group of students who earned associate’s degree’s at California community colleges who seek to transfer to four-year bachelor’s degree programs at one of the University of California campuses. This year, Black transfer applicants are up by more than 9 percent.

New Diversity Center to Open on the Campus of Cedar Crest College

New Diversity Center to Open on the Campus of Cedar Crest College

Cedar Crest college, a liberal arts educational for women in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has announced the establishment of the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement on campus. African Americans make up 9 percent of the undergraduate students at the college.

Harvard Accepts a Large Group of Black Students in Its Early Action Process

Harvard Accepts a Large Group of Black Students in Its Early Action Process

African Americans make up 13.9 percent of all students admitted in its nonbinding early action process. This is up from 12.6 percent a year ago.

University of Louisville Publishes a Diversity Report

University of Louisville Publishes a Diversity Report

The report outlines progress that has been made in enrolling African Americans and students from other underrepresented groups and sets goals for increasing diversity in the future. Data is also provided on faculty and staff diversity.

An Increase in the Number of Black Applicants to the University of California

An Increase in the Number of Black Applicants to the University of California

The number of African Americans from California applying to the nine undergraduate campuses is up 6.2 percent from a year ago. The number of Black applicants from California is up at all nine undergraduate campuses this year.

The Drake University Law School Partners With 100 Black Men of America

The Drake University Law School Partners With 100 Black Men of America

Under the new agreement, Drake students who are part of the nonprofit organization’s Collegiate 100 program and who meet established criteria will be automatically be admitted to the law school’s juris doctorate program.

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.