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January 23, 2015

Ralph Elwood Brock was born on February 15, 1881 and raised in Pottsville, Schuylkill County. He became the first African-American to become a Graduate Forester of the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy's first class of 1906.He may well have been the first African-American to be educated in forestry in the United States.Prior to going to the Academy, Brock was employed at the former Mont Alto Reserve, now Michaux State Forest, so he had an early connection to forestry work.Immediately after graduation, Brock was named superintendent of the newly established Mont Alto State Forest Tree Nursery, a position he held from 1906 to 1911.

January 14, 2015

Unfortunately, Fey and Poehler led and participated in an offensive attack on Asians during their routine that left me embarrassed and ashamed. Over the years, I have noticed that these two White women are very outspoken when issues pertain to women but that they are often quiet when the subject is race. In this case, they didn’t remain quiet. They—along with comedian Margaret Cho—mocked North Korea, and then Koreans in general, and then participated in perpetuating quite a few Asian stereotypes. Oh, and by the way, just because someone Asian participates doesn’t make it okay; context matters. Every so often, I have watched Fey and Poehler wander into race-based comedy and it’s always awkward. Very awkward.

January 13, 2015

Sahar F. Aziz has the distinction of having at least two racial identities. “In the U.S, I am a racial, ethnic minority,” says Aziz, the daughter of Egyptian immigrants who was also born in Cairo herself. “In Egypt, I am not completely a member of the majority because I was not raised there. I have outsider status and so I straddle both worlds.” ­That dual identity has piqued her interest in writing about legal and social justice in both the United States and the Middle East.

January 6, 2015

(December 2014) Next year will mark the 50-year anniversary of an important event that put the United States on a new demographic path: The end of the postwar baby boom. The U.S. baby boom was a period of remarkably high fertility rates that lasted nearly two decades, from 1946 through 1964. During this period, there were 76 million births—mostly to non-Hispanic white parents—and fertility increased to a lifetime average of more than 3 children per woman. At its peak during the late 1950s, the fertility rate reached nearly 3.7 births per woman.

January 6, 2015

Video featuring a presentation by the Bookings Institute on the changing demographic picture of the United States. This site also contains a number of video clips including "World Population by the Billion."

January 5, 2015

Dr. Kyla McMullen became the first African-American woman with a Ph.D. in engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan en route to being named a Diverse 2015 Emerging Scholar. Dr. Kyla McMullen became the first African-American woman with a Ph.D. in engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan en route to being named a Diverse 2015 Emerging Scholar.

December 22, 2014

Last year, a pair of researchers from Duke University published a report with a bold title: “The End of the Segregated Century.” U.S. cities, the authors concluded, were less segregated in 2012 than they had been at any point since 1910. But less segregated does not necessarily mean integrated–something this incredible map makes clear in vivid color. The map, created by Dustin Cable at University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, is stunningly comprehensive. Drawing on data from the 2010 U.S. Census, it shows one dot per person, color-coded by race. That’s 308,745,538 dots in all–around 7 GB of visual data. It isn’t the first map to show the country’s ethnic distribution, nor is it the first to show every single citizen, but it is the first to do both, making it the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created.

December 5, 2014

Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, says that a targeted classroom intervention closed the achievement gap for African-American students. Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, says that a targeted classroom intervention closed the achievement gap for African-American students. NEW YORK — The tone was somewhat somber in a packed auditorium Wednesday at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a public lecture titled “Using Brain Science to Help Combat the Effects of Discrimination” by Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University.

December 4, 2014

MANY people think of the Civil War and America’s Indian wars as distinct subjects, one following the other. But those who study the Sand Creek Massacre know different. On Nov. 29, 1864, as Union armies fought through Virginia and Georgia, Col. John Chivington led some 700 cavalry troops in an unprovoked attack on peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho villagers at Sand Creek in Colorado. They murdered nearly 200 women, children and older men.

November 19, 2014

International Education Week kicked off with the announcement of the preliminary Open Doors data for 2013-14. The data catalog the number of U.S. and international students leaving their home countries to pursue higher education. In the past academic year, nearly 900,000 international students studied in the U.S., compared to the 300,000 U.S. students who went abroad

November 19, 2014

Lawsuits filed Monday against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argue that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the nation. The federal suits allege Harvard and UNC rely on race-based affirmative action policies that impact admissions of high-achieving White and Asian American students.

November 19, 2014

A federal judge in Ohio has rejected a race, gender and sexual orientation discrimination suit by a lesbian African-American instructor whose tenure-track appointment was not renewed at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. US District Judge Sandra Beckwith rules that Alicia Revely failed to offer sufficient evidence to proceed with any of her employment bias claims.

October 29, 2014

A broad-based coalition of Cheyney University supporters plan to file a federal lawsuit today claiming a history of racial discrimination from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania towards the nation's oldest Black institution of higher learning.

October 13, 2014

SOME white Americans may be surprised to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu describe Bryan Stevenson, an African-American lawyer fighting for racial justice, as “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” Huh? Why do we need a Mandela over here? We’ve made so much progress on race over 50 years! And who is this guy Stevenson, anyway? Yet Archbishop Tutu is right. Even after remarkable gains in civil rights, including the election of a black president, the United States remains a profoundly unequal society — and nowhere is justice more elusive than in our justice system.

October 1, 2014

Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system’s 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name. The two actions respond to recommendations from a task force that started meeting before Napolitano assumed the president’s job a year ago Tuesday and which she has expanded into an ongoing advisory group to come up with suggestions for how the university can be more LGBT-inclusive.

October 1, 2014

Seeking to address a gap in knowledge about Hispanic-serving colleges nationwide, a leading research group in Tuesday launched a virtual data center to provide key information about these institutions as well as promising practices in serving Latino students. The Hispanic-Serving institutions Center for Policy and Practice, or HSI-CP will provide researchers, university leaders and the general public with accessible information on Latinos in higher education, said leaders at Excelencia in Education, a Washington, D.C., organization that unveiled the project.

September 9, 2014

In order to help underrepresented students thrive in college, faculty and administrators must go beyond advising and instead teach students to master the “hidden curriculum” at their respective institutions. That is the argument that University of St. Thomas faculty mentoring consultant Buffy Smith made during a recent talk about helping low-income, minority and first-generation college students adjust to the cultural shifts that await them in the world of higher education.

August 25, 2014

When Michael Phelps Jr. told a college adviser once that he wanted to go to Penn State University, he was told his goal “wasn’t realistic” because of his grades. The adviser said Phelps should apply to more “safety schools” to shore up his chances of getting into college. That may have been sound advice. But the other day, 18-year-old Phelps dispelled any notion that he would never set foot on a Penn State campus as a student. Waking up before dawn, Phelps and his mother hopped in a rented Chrysler and made the three-hour road trip from their apartment in Southeast Washington, D.C., to move Phelps into a first-floor dorm room of a residence hall named after the Penn State mascot—the Nittany Lion—here at Penn State Schuylkill.

August 13, 2014

Pacific Northwest University of Health Science’s osteopathic medical program must admit a deaf applicant this fall and must reasonably accommodate his disability. A federal judge ordered the university in Yakima, Wash., to allow Zachary Featherstone to enroll and attend with sign language interpreters and captioning services.

July 31, 2014

Fewer Native Americans earn doctorates now than they did 20 years ago. Or do they? Using data collected from the National Science Foundation, the Chronicle of Higher Education recently determined that the number of Native Americans receiving doctorate degrees is lower than it was two decades ago. According to the published data, only 149 Native Americans received doctorates in 2013. The data was disputed in some quarters.