Research & Studies

Nationwide Study Finds Major Racial Gap in School Suspensions and Expulsions

Nationwide Study Finds Major Racial Gap in School Suspensions and Expulsions

The study offers a comprehensive look at racial disparities in school discipline involving expulsion or suspension from school at secondary educational institutions throughout the United States. The study examined disciplinary records involving nearly 16,000 middle schools and more than 18,000 high schools all across the country.

Academic Study Finds Companies Target African Americans With Ads for Unhealthy Foods

Academic Study Finds Companies Target African Americans With Ads for Unhealthy Foods

The study led by scholars at the University of Connecticut found that unhealthy food advertising targeting Black audiences increased by more than 50 percent between 2013 and 2017. Overall television food advertising declined by 4 percent during the period.

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Its First-Ever Report on Male Fertility

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Its First-Ever Report on Male Fertility

Some of the datat on male fertility is broken down by race. For example, for men between the ages of 40 and 50, 26.8 percent of Whites had never had a child, compared to 19.5 percent of Blacks. In this same age group, 15.3 percent of White men had never been married, compared to 31.4 percent of Black men.

Study Finds Black Students in Charter Schools Are More Likely to Have a Black Teacher

Study Finds Black Students in Charter Schools Are More Likely to Have a Black Teacher

The issue of charter schools has become a hot topic in the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nominating process. Previous studies that show students of color perform better academically when they have a teacher of the same race or ethnic group. A new report says this is more likely to occur in charter schools.

Faculty From Underrepresented Groups Bear the Brunt of the Work on Diversity Initiatives

Faculty From Underrepresented Groups Bear the Brunt of the Work on Diversity Initiatives

The research, led by scholars from Colorado State University, found that non-White faculty recruited minority faculty, engaged in outreach to diverse K-12 schools and served on diversity committees more frequently than non-Hispanic White faculty.

Oklahoma State Scholar Says Artificial Intelligence Can Eliminate Bias in the Hiring Process

Oklahoma State Scholar Says Artificial Intelligence Can Eliminate Bias in the Hiring Process

The research finds that using machine decision-making through artificial intelligence (AI) can remove unconscious bias and “noise” from the hiring and promotion process and begin making the workplace reflect a diverse society.

Report Finds Severe Racial Disparity in Student Loan Debt

Report Finds Severe Racial Disparity in Student Loan Debt

A new report from Demos, a nonprofit progressive research and advocacy organization based in New York, found that om average Black women borrowers see their student loan balances grow by an additional 13 percent in the 12 years after they began college and over half of Black male borrowers default on their loans in the same period.

Study Finds Significant Racial Bias in Hiring Biology and Physics Faculty

Study Finds Significant Racial Bias in Hiring Biology and Physics Faculty

The results showed that the physics professors rated Asian and White candidates as more competent and hireable than Black candidates. In biology, similar racial disparities were seen.

Study Finds Black Principals Increase the Hiring and Retention Rates of Black Teachers

Study Finds Black Principals Increase the Hiring and Retention Rates of Black Teachers

Researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville found that Black principals have more success in hiring diverse faculty because they have access to different networks to find diverse teachers and are able to attract qualified Black teachers who prefer to work for Black principals.

Study Finds Blacks With a College Education Are More Likely to Experience Racial Discrimination

Study Finds Blacks With a College Education Are More Likely to Experience Racial Discrimination

The survey found that the majority of all African American respondents reported experiencing discrimination at some point in their life. However, this exposure to discrimination was more pronounced among African Americans with at least some college experience

One-Time Diversity Training Programs Are Ineffective in Changing Behavior, Study Finds

One-Time Diversity Training Programs Are Ineffective in Changing Behavior, Study Finds

The researchers found that although the after-training survey results were positive, the participants behavior in the following months did not change very much, particularly among men and White people. Additionally, very few senior level executives were willing to participate in the training.

Study Finds Historically Redlined Communities Have Higher Rates of Asthma

Study Finds Historically Redlined Communities Have Higher Rates of Asthma

The results found that residents of redlined neighborhoods visited the emergency room for asthma-related complaints 2.4 times more often than residents of green neighborhoods. Measures of diesel particulate matter in the air also averaged nearly twice as high in redlined neighborhoods compared to green neighborhoods.

Large Increases in Black Undergraduate Enrollment But Not at the Most Selective Institutions

Large Increases in Black Undergraduate Enrollment But Not at the Most Selective Institutions

Black student enrollment has increased from 10 percent to 13 percent at public four-year institutions, from 13 percent to 14 percent at private, nonprofit four-year institutions, from 13 percent to 15 percent at public two-year institutions, and from 21 percent to 28 percent at private for-profit schools.

Increases in Government Contracting Lead to Lower African American Employment Opportunities

Increases in Government Contracting Lead to Lower African American Employment Opportunities

According to a new study from the University of Georgia, when governments contract work out to private companies, it leads to decreases in workforce diversity, most noticeably in African American and women participation in top-level positions.

Study Finds Hairstyles Historically Associated With Black Women Are Perceived as Less Professional

Study Finds Hairstyles Historically Associated With Black Women Are Perceived as Less Professional

According to a new study by Dove’s CROWN Coalition (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair), Black women report being 30 percent more likely to receive a formal grooming policy in the workplace. Additionally, the study found that some natural African-American hairstyles, such as locs, braids, and natural curls, are perceived as less […]

65 Years After Brown: America's Public Schools Remain Racially Segregated

65 Years After Brown: America’s Public Schools Remain Racially Segregated

According to a new report from The Civil Rights Project at UCLA, White students, on average, attend a school in which 69 percent of students are White. Black students, who account for 15 percent of enrollment, as they did in 1970, attend schools that on average have Black enrollments of 47 percent.

Family Income Is a Better Predictor of Success for Young Students Than Academic Achievement

Family Income Is a Better Predictor of Success for Young Students Than Academic Achievement

According to a new report, children who come from affluent backgrounds and have low school test scores are more likely than their less-affluent peers with high test scores to be in the highest quartile of socioeconomic status by the age of 25.

Study Finds Persistence of Stereotypical Negative Images of Black Women in Tech

Study Finds Persistence of Stereotypical Negative Images of Black Women in Tech

The report notes that in 1995, Black women accounted for 5.10 percent of all bachelor’s degree in computer science. By 2014, this figure had dropped to 2.61 percent. In 2012, 70 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans in computer science went to men.

New Report Offers Strategies for Preserving the Future of HBCUs

New Report Offers Strategies for Preserving the Future of HBCUs

The report describes the challenges facing HBCUs today and offers possible solutions to these challenges. First and foremost, sustaining and growing student enrollment is the key to a brighter future.

UNCF Report Calls for Reforms in the Accreditation Process for HBCUs

UNCF Report Calls for Reforms in the Accreditation Process for HBCUs

Since 2000, four HBCUs who were members of the UNCF have lost accreditation. In addition, nine of the 37 private HBCUs that comprise UNCF membership — almost a quarter — were sanctioned between 2015 and 2018. About one third of all institutions sanctioned in 2017 and 2018 were HBCUs.

Researchers Find Nonwhite Children Are More Likely to Be Mistreated at the Dentist

Researchers Find Nonwhite Children Are More Likely to Be Mistreated at the Dentist

The results of a study led by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found that Whites were 2.26 times more likely to have reported positive dental experiences, while upsetting incidents were much more common among low-income and non-White families.

Graduate Student Union Report Condemns Lack of Success in Faculty Diversity at Yale

Graduate Student Union Report Condemns Lack of Success in Faculty Diversity at Yale

A new report from the graduate student union at Yale University states that in 2005, there were 25 black tenured and tenure-track professors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Twelve years, after two major faculty diversity initiatives, that number grew to 26.

Obstacles Faced by Mixed-Raced Couples in Finding Housing in Areas With Quality Schools

Obstacles Faced by Mixed-Raced Couples in Finding Housing in Areas With Quality Schools

A study by scholars at Brigham Young University and Georgia State University finds that parents in mixed race families where one partner is Black, struggle to find communities that are both racially diverse and affluent enough to give their children the educational resources they need.

Study Finds African-American "Helicopter Parents" Are Concerned for Their Sons' Safety

Study Finds African-American “Helicopter Parents” Are Concerned for Their Sons’ Safety

The study lead by researchers at the University of Central Florida found that African American mothers share many traits with “helicopter parents” when it comes to being overprotective and hyper-vigilant about their children’s lives, especially the lives of their sons.

Colleges and Universities That Engage in "Authentic" Diversity Practices

Colleges and Universities That Engage in “Authentic” Diversity Practices

There has been extensive research on organizational diversity initiatives that focus on either the number of minorities at a particular institution or the racial climate. This study evaluates these two concepts together, which helps determine if colleges and universities engage in “authentic” diversity practices.

Study Finds Black STEM Students Who Look "Stereotypically Black" Are Less Likely to Graduate

Study Finds Black STEM Students Who Look “Stereotypically Black” Are Less Likely to Graduate

A recent study led by scholars at Rice University found that Asian students who looked more stereotypically Asian, were significantly more likely to finish their degree over the five-year period. However, the opposite was true for Black students.

New Data Shows Bar Passage Rates at HBCU Law Schools Lag the National Average

New Data Shows Bar Passage Rates at HBCU Law Schools Lag the National Average

Nationwide, 88.6 percent of all 2016 law school graduates passed bar exams within two years. None of the six law schools at historically Black universities had a bar passage rate that exceeded the national average. Southern University in Louisiana and Texas Southern University had the highest rates among HBCU law schools.

Compounded Privilege in White Neighborhoods Is the Real Driver for Economic Inequality

Compounded Privilege in White Neighborhoods Is the Real Driver for Economic Inequality

The results of a study conducted by a sociologist at the University pf Pittsburgh show that public policies need to address how opportunities for success are hoarded in privileged spaces, allowing advantaged, predominantly White communities to thrive.

Study Finds Severe Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution and Who Breathes It

Study Finds Severe Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution and Who Breathes It

The researchers found that air pollution is disproportionately caused by the consumption of goods and services by White Americans, but disproportionately inhaled by Black and Hispanic Americans.

New York University Study Finds Proactive Policing of Black Youth May Be Counterproductive

New York University Study Finds Proactive Policing of Black Youth May Be Counterproductive

According to a new study led by scholars New York University, Black adolescent boys who are stopped by police report more frequent engagement in delinquent behavior thereafter. The research also demonstrates that police stops have a negative impact on these adolescents’ psychological well-being.

Racial Gaps in School Discipline Linked to Level of Implicit Racial Bias Among Local Population

Racial Gaps in School Discipline Linked to Level of Implicit Racial Bias Among Local Population

According to a new report by psychologists at Princeton University in New Jersey, there is a correlation between counties where the population has demonstrated a high-level of racial bias and large racial gaps in school discipline rates.

Howard University Doctoral Student Discovers New Information About the Diet of Enslaved Africans

Howard University Doctoral Student Discovers New Information About the Diet of Enslaved Africans

By analyzing the soil at the African Burial Ground in New York City, Carter Clinton, the 2017-2018 Just Julian Scholar at Howard University, discovered a high level of strontium in the soil, which indicated a diet heavy with vegetables.

Early School Interventions Can Reduce the Need for Disciplinary Actions With Young Black Males

Early School Interventions Can Reduce the Need for Disciplinary Actions With Young Black Males

According to a new study led by researchers at Stanford University, brief exercises that address middle school students’ worries about belonging can help young Black males develop better relationships with teachers and sharply reduce their risk of being disciplined years into the future.

Black Male Athletes Make Up a High Percentage of Black Male Enrollments in Power 5 Conferences

Black Male Athletes Make Up a High Percentage of Black Male Enrollments in Power 5 Conferences

The report notes that currently, Black men represent less than 10 percent of total full-time, undergraduate male degree seekers at nearly all of the colleges in each of the Power Five conferences.

Survey Examines Racial Differences in Who Pays for College

Survey Examines Racial Differences in Who Pays for College

A survey conducted for LendEDU examines the percentages of college students who pay for all or some of their education. In what may come as a surprise to many readers, when the data was broken down by race, there are only small differences between Blacks and Whites.

Black Role Models Play a Large Role in STEM Retention Rates for African American Women

Black Role Models Play a Large Role in STEM Retention Rates for African American Women

According to the research, Black women earn only 2.9 percent of all STEM bachelor’s degrees in the United States. This is far below the rate of White women, despite the fact that White women and Black women are equally likely to express an interest in STEM fields at the beginning of their college careers.