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A Year In Review


by Diverse Staff


Yes He Did
Obama Seizes Historic Win
President Obama
Obama Reaches the Mountaintop

These were some of the headlines emblazoned across the front pages of daily newspapers around the country and world the day after America elected its first Black president.

Barack Obama’s monumental presidential campaign took the nation by storm, a history-making and future-defining feat sure to keep academicians busy for many years to come. How America addresses race as a result of Obama’s sweeping victory remains to be seen, but his election came in the same year New York state installed its first Black governor, the U.S. House of Representatives struck a conciliatory tone with its apology for slavery and Bob Jones University apologized for its racist policies including its ban on inter-racial dating.

Obama’s victory also ushered in a wave of hope and optimism necessary to confront present national and global dilemmas. Chief among these and which also dominated the headlines this year is the global banking and credit crisis that has touched every sector of the economy, including education.

Also this year, several education and diversity advocates passed away, including Dr. Leonard Spearman, former president of Texas Southern University, and Dr. Robert Goheen, the former president of Princeton University who hired the institution’s first Black full professor.

On the following pages, Diverse highlights some of the year’s top stories to touch diversity and higher education.

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New Questions in NSSE Survey Spark Important Conversations A topical module around inclusiveness and engagement with cultural diversity debuted in this year’s NSSE survey, and the results prompted discussions around teaching practices. Every year since 2000, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSS...
Professor Apologizes for Fiery Response to Muslim Student CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati music teacher has apologized for his fiery online responses to a Muslim student who was critical of Donald Trump’s presidency and talked about celebrating freedom and diversity. College-Conservatory of Music...
Colleges Wrestle with Issue of Using Students’ Fees for Controversial Speakers Katherine Kerwin didn’t like to see a portion of the student fees she pays being spent to bring conservative speaker Ben Shapiro to the University of Wisconsin. Kerwin didn’t agree with Shapiro’s criticism of what he said were attempts to chill fr...
Pennsylvania Education Leader Going Extra Mile for Diversity  Long bike rides are an annual tradition for Dr. John Sygielski, who spent several weeks biking from New Orleans to Nashville this summer, traveling along the Natchez Trace Parkway and passing through Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Along the w...
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