Report Details High Rates of Suspension for Native Americans in K–12

September 17, 2019

An examination of school district data in the state of California shows the statewide suspension rate for Native American children and youth is more than double the statewide suspension average. A report released this week by the Sacramento Native American Higher Education Collaborative (SNAHEC) and the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University documents inequities in suspensions and expulsions of Native American students. The California statewide suspension rate for Native Americans in K–12 is 7.2 percent versus the statewide suspension average of 3.5 percent.

School district secessions have deepened racial segregation

September 5, 2019

Since 2000, school district secessions in the South have increasingly sorted white and black students, and white and Hispanic students, into separate school systems, weakening the potential to improve school integration, according to a new study published today (Sept. 4).

OSU Graduate School Dean Discusses ‘Great Strides’ in Diversity

August 29, 2019

The top bullet point in the latest Ohio State University Graduate School summary report tells an important story. “In one year, summer 2019 compared to summer 2018, there was a 37.7 percent increase in African-American graduate student acceptance,” the report states and goes on to describe a host of programs and initiatives that are contributing not only to higher numbers for African-Americans, but to increases among other underrepresented groups, as well. “We really have made great strides in the last year to year-and-a-half on this front, and I’m really excited about the initiatives we have put forward that are making the difference,” says Dr. Alicia L. Bertone, vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School.

Virginia Tech’s DePauw Oversees Multifaceted Approach to Grad School Diversity

August 29, 2019

Eschewing one-size-fits-all, the dean of Virginia Tech Graduate School has developed an inclusion/diversity requirement that will enable programming to fit departmental needs.

Slow Going on Faculty Diversity

July 2, 2019

Study finds colleges have made little progress on faculty diversity, particularly at research-intensive universities, despite more conversations about race and inclusion.

"Your Heritage Is Taken Away": The Closing of 3 Historically Black Colleges

July 1, 2019

Since the 1930s, the women of Bennett College, one of the nation’s two historically black colleges for women, have sung their “Preference Song” over an annual breakfast. The tradition may soon be lost, along with the school itself.

Finding Victory: Speaking out for intersex girl after attack

June 11, 2019

When doctors said her youngest child would be a girl, Amie Schofield chose the name Victoria. Then doctors said the child would be a boy, so she switched to Victor. It turned out neither was exactly right.

What Two Students Want You to Know About Inclusive Teaching

June 10, 2019

Inclusive teaching involves creating equitable and welcoming educational environments for the diverse learners in our classrooms.

Governor Mills Signs Bill to Prohibit Native American Mascots in Maine

May 31, 2019

Flanked by Maine tribal leaders and ambassadors, lawmakers, and education officials, Governor Janet Mills signed into law a bill passed unanimously by the Legislature to prohibit Native American mascots in all Maine public schools Thursday.

New research details increasing segregation in a transformed school population

May 20, 2019

As the nation prepares to mark the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional, the UCLA Civil Rights Project and the Penn State Center for Education and Civil Rights published new research detailing school enrollment patterns and segregation in the nation’s schools.

Georgetown Study Explores Privilege and Race in Educational Outcomes

May 15, 2019

Recent headlines have revealed that money matters more than brains in getting some privileged teens into top universities, but a new report from researchers at Georgetown University found that socioeconomic disparity has long-term effects, far beyond the college years.

Experts Testify at House Hearing on STEM Diversity

May 10, 2019

Women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields need not just greater access to education and careers in STEM fields, but more support finishing the credentials and remaining in their jobs if gender and racial disparities are to be eliminated and if the United States is to maximize its potential as a just society and global leader.

NBC News: Up to 5 percent of rural residents identify as LGBTQ

April 18, 2019

Millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people live in rural areas of the United States — largely by choice, according to a report released earlier this month by the LGBTQ think tank Movement Advancement Project.

Native, Black, Latino Students Most Likely to Pay for College Themselves

March 21, 2019

Nearly three in 10 college students in America are solely responsible for paying for all of their higher education costs, and that number is highest by far among Native American, Black and Hispanic/Latino college students, according to a study by LendEDU.

The Myth of Meritocracy

March 21, 2019

To my high school guidance counselor, I wasn’t college material. I remember flipping through the dusty pages of the massive dictionary in the school library to find the definition of the word meritocracy: “the holding of power by people selected based on their ability.”

Most Americans Say Colleges Shouldn't Consider Race

February 26, 2019

Nearly three-fourths of those surveyed by Pew oppose consideration of race in admissions. Only 7 percent say it should be a major factor -- and 8 percent each say legacy status or athletic ability should be a major factor. Seven percent of Americans believe that race or ethnicity should be a major factor in admissions decisions, and 19 percent believe it should be a minor factor.

Closing Arguments in the Harvard Case

February 18, 2019

Lawyers defending and opposing affirmative action make their final pitches to judge in case that could have major impact on higher education. The debate on personal ratings of Asian American applicants could be crucial.

The GRE Fails to Identify Students that will Graduate and Hurts Diversity, New Study Finds

January 30, 2019

Researchers are urging universities across the United States to find a new way to identify the next generation of scientists. A new study discovered that traditional admissions metrics for physics Ph.D. programs such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) do not predict completion and hurt the growth of diversity in physics, which is already the least diverse of the sciences.

Children’s race, not disability status, may predict more frequent suspension

January 28, 2019

Suspension is one way schools discipline students, but the high number of and disparities in suspensions in the U.S. has sparked controversy and policy debate.

UNC Admissions Lawsuit Likely Headed to Supreme Court

January 25, 2019

The federal lawsuit challenging race-conscious admissions practices at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – like a similar case involving Harvard in another federal courtroom – is likely to end up in the high court in a similarly prolonged legal battle, according to some observers.

‘I Feel Invisible’: Native Students Languish in Public Schools

January 9, 2019

At Wolf Point High School in rural Montana, Native American students face the same neglect Native students across the U.S. do as they navigate a school system that has failed American Indians.

Contemporary Classroom Advice from a Transgender Student

December 3, 2018

Identity is so firmly rooted in gender stereotypes that we can hardly free ourselves from invisible habits. That was until Generation Z made those of us simply going through the motions look up from our college-ruled notebooks and take note.

Penn State Millennium Scholars Recognized for Research at ABRCMS 2018

November 28, 2018

The Millennium Scholars Program, now in its sixth year, had 10 students present research at ABRCMS 2018 (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students).

What Educators Need To Know About Teaching Thanksgiving

November 26, 2018

Large community potlucks and school plays where students dress up as Pilgrims and Indians help students learn the familiar story of the very first Thanksgiving.

Where are the voices of indigenous peoples in the Thanksgiving story?

November 26, 2018

As we consider history and its place in our schools, it is important to ask: how do state-mandated history standards represent indigenous peoples in social studies education? And, in this season of "Thanksgiving," should we revise our curriculum to be more accurate and culturally relevant?

The hatred of Jews is real news (column)

November 2, 2018

The recent shooting attack on people attending services last Saturday morning in a Pittsburgh synagogue has not only left 11 dead, it has sent a shock wave throughout our nation and the world.

More than half of Pa. public schools do not have a teacher of color

October 31, 2018

More than 60 years after the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, an analysis of state data shows persistently stark disparities between the racial composition of teachers and students in Pennsylvania’s schools — among the widest gaps in the country. Just 5.6 percent of Pennsylvania’s teachers are persons of color, compared to 33.1 percent of its students.

Research shows the risk of misgendering transgender youth

October 24, 2018

A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health demonstrates the power of affirming transgender youth’s identities: For each additional context (i.e., at home, school, work, or with friends) in which a transgender youth’s chosen name is used, their risk of suicidal behavior is reduced by more than half.

Dueling Rallies on Eve of Harvard Trial

October 15, 2018

As a judge gets ready to hear the evidence, defenders and critics of affirmative action eye the broader audience and politics of the dispute. The images above both circulated widely on social media Sunday afternoon, documenting rallies -- one in Cambridge and one in Boston -- about the trial officially starting today on whether Harvard University discriminates against Asian American applicants.

Beyond the Numbers on Gender and Research

October 10, 2018

Are we thinking about gender diversity in the sciences all wrong, or at least too simply? New paper proposes a multipronged approach to thinking about and encouraging this diversity, for the benefit of science as a whole.