Diversity

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.

Florida International University Aims to Boost Diversity in STEM Faculty

Florida International University Aims to Boost Diversity in STEM Faculty

Many of the 600 women from underrepresented groups who have graduated with STEM degrees from the university over the last five years, were most likely never taught by a woman who was Black or Hispanic.

Xavier University Announces the Creation of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit

Xavier University Announces the Creation of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit

The new center will be an intellectual and physical convening place for research, teaching, community engagement, and debate on issues related to race-based inequities, social identity production, and power relations.

George Washington University's Efforts to Boost Diversity and a Sense of Inclusion

George Washington University’s Efforts to Boost Diversity and a Sense of Inclusion

George Washington University in Washington, D.C., has recently launched efforts aimed at increasing diversity and to create a welcoming environment on campus for all students, faculty, and staff. In a city that is 49 percent Black, the undergraduate student body at George Washington University is only 7 percent Black.

New Bridge Program at Bowdoin College Honors Alumnus Geoffrey Canada

New Bridge Program at Bowdoin College Honors Alumnus Geoffrey Canada

The Geoffrey Canada Scholars program at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, was designed to transform the Bowdoin experience for students who are the first in their families to go to college, who come from low-income backgrounds, or who are from groups traditionally underrepresented at the college.

Universities Seeking to Increase Diversity Among Research Librarians

Universities Seeking to Increase Diversity Among Research Librarians

Only about 4 percent of research librarians are members of ethnic and racial minorities. A group of 36 university libraries are participating in an effort to raise that figure.

How Greater Diversity in the Physician Workforce Would Reduce Racial Health Disparities

How Greater Diversity in the Physician Workforce Would Reduce Racial Health Disparities

After conducting a randomized clinical trial among 1,300 Black men in Oakland, the researchers found that the men sought more preventive services after they were randomly seen by Black doctors for a free health-care screening compared to non-Black doctors.

University of Kansas Aims to Increase Diversity in Its Engineering Programs

University of Kansas Aims to Increase Diversity in Its Engineering Programs

The KUEST (KU Engineering, Science and Technology) program aims to expand and fill the pipeline of underrepresented engineers, including women and minorities, with an array of programs aimed at students as young as middle school.

Cornell University Task Force Makes Recommendations to Improve Campus Climate

Cornell University Task Force Makes Recommendations to Improve Campus Climate

After a series of race-related incidents on campus last fall, Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack formed the President’s Task Force on Campus Climate. The task force has issued three reports on campus experience, regulation of speech and harassment, and campus response.

Carnegie Mellon University Program Aims to Increase Diversity in Pittsburgh's Corporate Suite

Carnegie Mellon University Program Aims to Increase Diversity in Pittsburgh’s Corporate Suite

African-Americans represent 24 percent of the population of Pittsburgh and 13 percent in Allegheny County, yet African-Americans represent less than 0.1 percent of executive leadership positions.

Black Students Turning Away From CalPoly San Luis Obispo

Black Students Turning Away From CalPoly San Luis Obispo

University officials now say that the publicity surrounding racist incidents this past spring has had a chilling effect on the number of Black students who want to attend the university. Only 0.4 percent of the nearly 55,000 applicants this year were African Americans.

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.