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May 22, 2015

The Asian-American population will grow 74 percent by 2040, but the number of this racial group’s registered voters will more than double, according to a new report. “This could be a game changer,” the report states. “Not only will Asian-Americans be a politically influential voting bloc in select areas, they have the potential to be the margin of victory in critical swing vote states during the next six presidential elections.”

May 18, 2015

A coalition of more than 60 Asian American organizations filed an official federal complaint against Harvard University on Friday. The coalition requested that Harvard be the subject of a civil rights violation investigation on the basis of what the coalition is calling discriminatory admissions practices. At a press conference held Friday afternoon, coalition leaders said that holistic, race-based admissions policies hold Asian American students to higher standards than all other racial or ethnic groups. They called on Ivy League schools to eliminate the consideration of race in admissions decisions. In addition, the coalition said that Harvard University has an unlawful quota for the number of Asian American students it will admit.

May 18, 2015

Cinco de Mayo is a low-key celebration at Huston-Tillotson University, a historically black institution that began in the late 1800s to educate freed slaves and their children. But it has taken on a more personal significance for a growing number of students at this small, private institution where one in five students today is Hispanic

April 22, 2015

Stanford psychologists Jennifer Eberhardt and Jason Okonofua experimentally examined the psychological processes involved when teachers discipline black students more harshly than white students.

April 16, 2015

Dr. Barry Mills worked to increase access and affordability to Bowdoin for low-income families and to students of color who otherwise might not have bothered to apply to the liberal arts institution in Maine, where 95 percent of the state’s population is White.

April 14, 2015

When a noose turned up on the campus of Duke University recently, some were shocked. Many, however — particularly those who had had the experiences of students or faculty of color on a predominantly White campus (PWI) — were not.

April 13, 2015

Proposals to require students to take a course related to diversity have been controversial on many campuses. But the University of California at Los Angeles has had one of the longest debates on the topic, with multiple votes (going in different directions), dating to 2004.

April 9, 2015

I should have been prepared for profiling at American University. But I wasn’t. The first time I was profiled by the campus police, I was a grad student and adjunct writing teacher. I was passing through a building when an officer stopped me and asked for my identification. The second time it happened, I was on campus to check my box and this time had a faculty ID to show the officer.

April 9, 2015

Undocumented students in Texas are eligible for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, but some Texas state lawmakers are attempting to change that.

April 8, 2015

The city of Philadelphia just joined the vanguard of states and cities implementing free tuition at local community colleges. Starting next fall, some recent high schools graduates entering the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) will be eligible for scholarship funding that will make up the difference between CCP’s tuition and state and federal aid.

April 1, 2015

While studying Asian-American legal history about 20 years ago, Gabriel “Jack” Chin dug into the previous century’s race-based exclusion laws and how they oppressed people of that era. Chin was especially offended by the treatment of Hong Yen Chang, who was reportedly the nation’s first lawyer of Chinese ancestry in 1888 but was banned from practicing in California based on his national origin. When Chin became a University of California, Davis law professor, he enlisted Asian-American students in an effort to right the historical wrong.

April 1, 2015

The California Community College system and nine historically Black institutions have devised a transfer program linking the state’s 112 two-year colleges with the nation’s Black college community.

April 1, 2015

The Pamunkey Indians — best known as the tribe of Pocahontas — will have to wait four more months to find out if its 35-year quest to become the first tribe in Virginia to be recognized by the federal government will be successful. Kevin Brown, the chief of the 208-member Pamunkeys, was notified of the delay in a letter sent to him on Friday by the Interior Department. The letter said only that the office of the assistant secretary for Indian affairs needs additional time to issue a final determination. Federal approval would make the tribe, located east of Richmond, eligible for federal money for housing, education and health care. But it would also allow the tribe to pursue gambling ventures in a state strongly opposed to casinos.

March 25, 2015

The U.S. State Department and the Mexican national government have agreed to expand academic exchange and internship opportunities for American and Mexican undergraduate and graduate students.

March 24, 2015

Penn State University is the latest institution to offer a course about the tragic events that unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer when an unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a White police officer. The interdisciplinary African American Studies course titled “The Fire This Time: Understanding Ferguson” started last week and will explore the historical dimensions of Ferguson, the interaction between the police and locals, and the legal proceedings, which ultimately led to a grand jury refusing to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Brown. Days of protests and civil unrest followed and propelled a new wave of activism, the likes of which the nation had not seen since the 1960s.

March 18, 2015

David Bolden (Food Science, '87) reminisces about his time at Penn State and how it prepared him to manage food quality and safety programs at three family-run flour mills throughout Pennsylvania.

March 16, 2015

We talk a lot about inclusion and diversity on our college campuses, both in public materials and in closed-door meetings. Both words have become so ingrained in college culture that sometimes it seems that as a collective group of educators, we are becoming desensitized to their true potential. In order for college and university campuses to truly be places of diversity in our contemporary culture, there are some major area that need focus and active attention.

March 11, 2015

The University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity made news once again this week when a video surfaced of the fraternity house mom, Beauton Gilbow, chanting the N-word several times. According to the Huffington Post, the video comes on the heels of a tear-filled interview Gilbow did with CBS in which she called the fraternity members’ singing of a racist song “unbelievable.” In the video posted by the Daily Oklahoman, Gilbow chants the N-word several times, while Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything” plays in the background. On Tuesday, University of Oklahoma President David Boren expelled two students involved in the fraternity’s racist bus chant. The 10-second video shows members of the fraternity chanting racist slurs and saying they would never let Blacks into the fraternity.

February 11, 2015

Invoking the “Black Lives Matter” mantra borne through last year’s protests over police killings of Black men, the Schott Foundation for Public Education is releasing a report today that decries a “widened” gap between the high school graduation rates for Black males and White males. The report, which provides a state-by-state breakdown of Black male graduation rates, should serve as a “barometer for where the country is at the moment,” said Pedro A. Noguera, an education professor and executive director of the Metropolitan Center at NYU. And while high school graduation rates have increased overall, disparities have intensified, said Noguera, who suggested a need to look “beyond the data” and search for other factors that might be contributing to educational disparities along lines of race and ethnicity.

February 9, 2015

A comprehensive new study from the Center for WorkLife Law quantifies the double bind of gender and racial bias in the STEM fields. The report shows that the experience of gender bias differs by race, so while all women of color may experience gender bias, they do not experience it in the same way.