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NEWS ROUNDUP

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Last year, the effects of COVID-19 caused unemployment rates to increase and forced many businesses to shut their doors. For higher education institutions, the transition to virtual learning resulted in revenue loss and created more awareness around existing equity gaps.

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by Diverse Staff

We sat down with associate commissioner for business affairs/CFO of Conference USA.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic creating uncertainty over the last year, Jennifer Long felt mentally and emotionally unprepared for college. Seeking other options, she was referred to Verto Education, a program founded to increase access to international exchange. Designed to be a “gap year without a gap,” first-year students can spend a semester or year abroad while earning 12-16 college credits.

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by Lois Elfman

A new report issued by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) notes that many Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students find their STEM studies are precarious in light of the pandemic.

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The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) released a statement on Wednesday focused on justice, equity and inclusion. The statement is designed to help institutions address such matters on their campuses.

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Hundreds of higher education leaders and members of Congress convened virtually on Tuesday to discuss legislative priorities for Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) as part of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ (HACU) 26th National Capitol Forum.

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In an effort to address skills and opportunity gaps within the workforce, technology company Correlation One established Data Science For All/Empowerment (DS4A)—a program that offers free data analytics training, networking and career coaching to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. The first cohort consisting of 500 people was launched last year. Now however, to meet their goal of training at least 10,000 people over the next three years, Correlation One collaborated with SoftBank and Miami-Dade College (MDC).

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The Jalen Hurts Template on How to Handle Career Storms

The Jalen Hurts Template on How to Handle Career Storms

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There are lessons from college sports that can be transferred to other areas of life, even to higher educational administrative apparatuses. Personnel moves on the football field can mirror personnel moves in departments or schools. People are put in different positions and called upon to execute different roles and assignments. 

Engaging Academia on My Own Terms

Engaging Academia on My Own Terms

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I associated my belonging and success in academia with persisting and succeeding in the “traditional pathway” of doctoral students. While no one specifically told me, “you need to get a tenure-track position at a research institution,” I was socialized to believe that was the only goal I should aspire to.

Do People Really Think Harvard Admissions Discriminates Against Asians?

Do People Really Think Harvard Admissions Discriminates Against Asians?

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Harvard’s admissions process is based on a holistic sense of the applicant, not just grades and test scores.  It’s a lot like other schools’ methods where grades and test scores and race are just one factor. It’s a method that has  stood up to court challenges for years.

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Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) are partnering to offer CPCC students a bachelor’s degree pathway, WBTV reported. The program, JCSU Connect, is a 2+2 program, so students will complete an associate degree at CPCC and a bachelor’s at JCSU, the historically Black university located in Charlotte, N.C. The program […]

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With bipartisan support, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s tuition-free community college initiative, “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3),” was signed into legislation last week.

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Last year colleges and universities were forced to temporarily close their doors as COVID-19 spread throughout the country. Virtual instruction became the norm as institutions worked to continue with classes while mitigating transmission risks, and meeting students’ basic needs became the focal point as food and housing insecurity were exacerbated by the pandemic. Finding affordable childcare also became a challenge for students working to learn with children at home.

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by Sara Weissman & David Pluviose

Growing up in Southeast Los Angeles as the son of a U.S. citizen father educated in Mexico and a mother who was a Mexican immigrant, Eloy Ortiz Oakley says that he could not have imagined a journey that would take him to leading the largest higher education system in the U.S. However, Oakley says that it is the very struggles he overcame in his youth that inform his work as chancellor of the California Community Colleges system, which comprises 116 colleges serving more than 2.1 million students.

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by Lois Elfman

Data from the National Student Clearinghouse shows that community college enrollment in fall 2020 was down 10.6% from fall 2019 for full-time students and 9.9% for part-time students. The biggest declines were among African American males at 19.2% and Native American males at 20.1%.

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Black Issues

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University of California San Diego has approved an undergraduate degree in Black Diaspora and African American Studies. The African American Studies program will administer the degree and continue to offer the minor as well. New majors will be accepted starting fall quarter 2022. “One of the overarching goals of the new degree is to help […]

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The Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education (The CAFE) will hold The 1954 Project Presents: The 2021 Luminary Awards to celebrate Black excellence in education. The 1954 Project aims to provide support to diverse Black non-profit leaders in education to accelerate their impact. The event will take place virtually 11 a.m. CDT, Apr. 28. “The event […]

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Hampton University faculty and staff will be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19, barring a medical or religious exemption, Daily Press reported. Faculty and staff must email a copy of their vaccination card – proving they are fully vaccinated – or exemption documentation by May 31. “We look forward to safely welcoming our Hampton University […]

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Asian American Issues

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Harvard’s admissions process is based on a holistic sense of the applicant, not just grades and test scores.  It’s a lot like other schools’ methods where grades and test scores and race are just one factor. It’s a method that has  stood up to court challenges for years.

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My mom let me know that she recently purchased a walking stick for when she and my father walk our dog. While they are entering an older stage in their lives, they are still in good health and have no issues walking. They bought the walking stick for the sole purpose of having something to defend themselves with in the case they are attacked. Though she didn’t say it explicitly, she is afraid that she might also become a victim of anti-Asian violence.

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Northern Kentucky University will investigate – and increase nightly police patrols – after white supremacy graffiti was found on campus, the second vandalization since the year’s start, CNN reported. The graffiti, found on public space “Housing Rock”  included spray-painted stencils of the words, “Patriot Front,” in reference to white nationalist hate group Patriot Front. According […]

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Latino Issues

Mellon Foundation Gives $950,000 Grant to UIC to Continue Leading Latino Doctoral Fellowship Program
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The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) will continue offering a Latino doctoral fellowship program through a three-year $950,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, according to UIC officials. Partnering with the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), UIC has overseen the IUPLR/UIC Dissertation Completion Mellon Fellowship program since 2014, when it received a $800,000 […]

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Excelencia in Education, partnering with University of Texas at Austin, will host  a virtual briefing on the history of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). The event, “National Briefing on 25 Years of HSIs: Accelerating Latino Student Success,” will take place 1 – 2 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Apr. 21. Featured speakers include Excelencia in Education President […]

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The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey has created a scholarship for alumni of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) and Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), according to Middlebury officials. Alumni of such schools – starting with students admitted for fall 2021 – will receive a $10,000 annual scholarship for a master’s […]

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American Indian Issues

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The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey has created a scholarship for alumni of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) and Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), according to Middlebury officials. Alumni of such schools – starting with students admitted for fall 2021 – will receive a $10,000 annual scholarship for a master’s […]

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University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law) faculty has voted to adopt a graduation requirement necessitating students to complete a graded course that includes substantial content relating to “race and indigeneity, structural inequity, and the historical bases for such inequity.” They also adopted a new first-year elective that meets the race and indigeneity requirement. […]

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Northern Kentucky University will investigate – and increase nightly police patrols – after white supremacy graffiti was found on campus, the second vandalization since the year’s start, CNN reported. The graffiti, found on public space “Housing Rock”  included spray-painted stencils of the words, “Patriot Front,” in reference to white nationalist hate group Patriot Front. According […]

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