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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. MAP’s report estimates between 2.9 million and 3.8 million lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people live in rural America, comprising approximately 3 to 5 percent of the estimated 62 million people who live in rural areas.

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.

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.” I needed to understand why she repeated that word to me and some of my classmates to limit our options. I now realize that meritocracy is a myth in the United States used by those in power to excuse their personal failings, while diminishing the ability of others.

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.

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.

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.

January 28, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — 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. New research, led by Paul L. Morgan, Harry and Marion Eberly Fellow, professor of education and demography, and director of Penn State’s Center for Educational Disparities Research, has found that, among students in Kindergarten through eighth grade, students who are black are more frequently suspended than white students of similar behavioral, academic and socioeconomic backgrounds. However, students with disabilities, including those of color, were not more frequently suspended after accounting for the study’s other explanatory factors. The findings were recently published in the Journal of School Psychology.

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.

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. While the Interior Department’s Bureau of Indian Education runs about 180 Native-only schools, more than 90 percent of Native students attend integrated public schools near or on reservations, like Wolf Point. A wealth of rarely tapped data documents their plight.

December 3, 2018

In August, Ashton Black and I began a new school year at Piedmont College, he for the first time, and I for the Nth time. I have been teaching since I was 21, and now, as the French say, I am a woman of a certain age. This is only important because there’s no male equivalent in discussions of being middle aged. 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.

November 28, 2018

The Millennium Scholars Program, now in its sixth year, had 10 ten students present research at ABRCMS 2018 (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students). ABRCMS encourages minority, first generation, veteran and students who are disabled to pursue higher education in STEM. The annual conference was held November 14th through the 17th in Indianapolis, IN. Students had an opportunity to network with STEM faculty and professionals and to hear about current research. Ten Millennium Scholars attended the conference eight presented research posters and two presented their research oral presentations. The group included two seniors, 3 juniors, and five sophomores. Donovan Brown (sophomore, biology) received a prize for his poster presentation on Purification and Crystallization of the Staphylococcus aureus Heme-Regulating Proteins HemA and HssR. Cuyler Luck (junior, chemistry) and Talia Seymore (junior, toxicology) each earned a $300 prize for their oral presentations. Cuyler presented on Quantifying Minimal Residual Disease in Breast Cancer Dormancy and Talia discuss her work on The Effect of Prenatal Exposure to an Environmentally Relevant Phthalate Mixture on Testosterone Levels in Adult Male Mice. Also presenting posters were: Ouniol Aklilu (sophomore, biomedical engineering) Teniola Idowu (junior, biochemistry and molecular biology) Talayah Johnson (senior, biology) David Lee (senior, biochemistry and molecular biology) Ilana Mosely (sophomore, veterinary and biomedical science) Monique Porter (sophomore, microbiology) Crishon Washington (sophomore, computer science)

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. The holiday gives schools an opportunity to bring history to life for their young students. Although it wasn't called Thanksgiving in 1620, the story celebrates Pilgrims and Native Americans coming together to celebrate a successful harvest. But Thanksgiving isn't a celebration for everyone, particularly Native Americans, and navigating that nuance can be difficult for some educators

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?

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. This type of incident is not unfamiliar to the Jewish people at large, but it certainly is to American Jews who have been able to live a peaceful and assimilated co-existence with their fellow Americans from all racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds. Why does hate for the Jews, a people who constitute only .6 percent of the world’s population, continue to persist after thousands of years – especially since world history has documented, archived and communicated to millions the inhumanity and barbarianism of the Nazis and their strategized Holocaust?

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.

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.

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.

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.

October 4, 2018

From kindergarten to 5th grade, I went to P.S. 272, a large public elementary school in Canarsie, Brooklyn. I was way ahead of most of my class academically. While the other students completed worksheets, I braided my teacher’s hair, made copies and ran errands. At recess, they stuck us in an empty lot and we entertained ourselves with schoolyard fights. PE meant sitting in the gymnasium for 45 minutes because the teacher didn’t feel like teaching. Science class was cramming too many students into a small room to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy.

October 1, 2018

For a few weeks, a Christian university allowed romance without sex for gay and lesbian couples. But the Board of Trustees says it never approved the change and restored the ban.