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.

Navigating Life in a White School: I’m here to learn, not teach others about racism

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.

Azusa Pacific Reinstates Full Ban on Same-Sex Relationships

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.

‘Learning to Be Latino’

September 18, 2018

Author discusses new book on what it means to be Latino at three distinctly different institutions: a liberal arts college, a research university and a regional public university.

Walking on Campus… While Black

September 18, 2018

Incident at UMass is the latest in which the police are called on nonwhite people on campus, doing nothing wrong at all.

'Nevertheless She Persisted?'

September 18, 2018

Having female peers -- even just a few of them -- can increase a woman’s odds of making it through her Ph.D. program in the natural sciences, technology, engineering or math, says a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Conversations Continue on the State of Free College

September 14, 2018

As conversations continue about the benefits and challenges surrounding free college programs throughout the nation, institutions, states and the federal government have an opportunity to improve college affordability and move towards equitable free college programs, according to education policy experts and college completion leaders featured on “The State of Free College” panel hosted by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP).

A 9-Year-Old Colorado Boy's Suicide Highlights the Challenges Facing LGBTQ Kids

August 31, 2018

The death by suicide of a 9-year-old Colorado fourth grader underscores the challenges surrounding youth mental health — particularly the risks LGBTQ kids face.

‘White Kids’

August 28, 2018

A new book, White Kids: Growing Up With Privilege in a Racially Divided America (New York University Press), explores how wealthy white children develop their ideas about race.

Develop Intercultural Competence to Foster International Student Success

August 24, 2018

“Increased domestic and global access to higher education,” writes Amy Lee in her 2017 book Teaching Interculturally: A Framework for Integrating Disciplinary Knowledge and Intercultural Development, has resulted in having “multiple diversities in any given classroom or academic program.”

Increasing Diversity on HBCU Campuses Often Leaves Blacks in Minority

August 15, 2018

As a White graduate of a historically Black college, Norton is somewhat unusual – but a lot less unusual as time passes.

Diversity, Discourse, and Compromise as Core to Higher Education

June 27, 2018

Last summer, we implemented gender-neutral bathrooms on campus. The request had come from a student club that presented the administration with a letter of support, rather than a petition, with signatures from supporters across campus.