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Determined D.C. Youth Takes Big Step Toward Fulfilling His Dream

The other day, 18-year-old Michael Phelps dispelled any notion that he would never set foot on a Penn State campus as a student.

Most international flights in an out of the West African nation had been canceled because of the Ebola epidemic.

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Only 3 out of 10 African-American students with high potential for success in AP science course work take an AP science course.

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Special Focus: HBCUs

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This issue of Diverse includes a special focus on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).

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Bad Behavior on Social Media Can Cost Recruits

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At St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, the high school that produced Crimson Tide quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Jake Coker, there’s a new preseason ritual for football players: the social media talk.

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The program was so successful that the school will offer the camp during the upcoming academic school year and has increased its efforts to recruit additional students.

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An ousted trustee at Alabama State University complained to an accreditation agency that his removal by Gov. Robert Bentley violated the organization’s standards.

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Special Focus: STEM

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In this issue of Diverse, we look at STEM, or the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. We take a deeper look at what higher education leaders are doing to boost the number of American Indians earning Ph.D.s. We also look at the success of a San Jacinto College program that promotes STEM among its underserved minority students. Among other feature articles, we look at the emerging tech scene in Washington, D.C., and what stakeholders are doing to keep diversity at the forefront.

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The initiative lacks components that would aggressively respond to the pervasiveness of institutional and structural racism that yet persists in America.

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Despite the obvious need for college incentive programs for this nation’s young Black men, there are plenty who complain about the special treatment these young men receive.

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