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January 24, 2018

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was not Tiana Young's first choice for college, even though Young wants to dual major in aeronautical and mechanical engineering, and the private university is one the top schools in the country for science, technology, math and engineering. The school had one big drawback: Rensselaer's student body is more than two-thirds white and Asian, according to federal data. For Young, who is black and whose high school in Spring Valley, New York, was almost entirely African-American and Hispanic, "the lack of diversity was a very big concern," says the freshman.

December 15, 2017

Amos Jones, the Black law professor who in July accused Campbell University of refusing to tenure Blacks in its law school, has filed an 86-page lawsuit against the Baptist-affiliated school. Jones, a civil rights attorney and expert on contracts, has also sued Catholic University of America. Amos Jones Jones’s charges center on the process and effect of a series of actions that he alleges cost him tenure at the North Carolina school and derailed an upward trajectory in the legal academy. He had taught at Campbell for six years and in previous federal filings had documented correspondence from June 2016 stating that his tenure was all but assured. Implicated by March 2017 was The Catholic University of America’s law school, with whom, Jones’s complaint states, he had interviewed for a constitutional-law appointment in 2009.

December 7, 2017

On November 29th, Boston City Council unanimously passed a plastic bag ordinance that aims to reduce our reliance on disposable plastic bags. Stores will charge a 5-cent fee for each paper or sturdy plastic bag that they sell customers who come without a reusable bag. Despite eloquent statements by councilors Ayanna Pressley (at-large) and Tito Jackson (District 7) on the social justice impacts of plastic bags, some complain that the 5-cent fee is classist.

December 4, 2017

In their recent study featured in Education Week, Morgan, Farkas, Hillemeier, and Maczuga got it wrong in arguing that more black children should be identified with educational disabilities and challenging federal policies meant to address overrepresentation by race in special education