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Staying true to the mission of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU), Simmons College of Kentucky will partner with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to increase and retain the number of minority teachers in the district.

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Phill Wilson, the founder and president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) since its inception in 1999, has recently retired. The Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank in the country that’s focused on African-Americans.

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Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) students will soon see Dr. Melanye Price – an alumna and newly appointed endowed professor – on campus when she returns to the historically Black university this spring.

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by Lois Elfman

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-20 budget proposal released this week, includes new regulations and more stringent oversight for New York’s for-profit colleges.

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Citing financial concerns, Hampshire College president Dr. Miriam Nelson announced in an email that the school would like to merge with another higher education institution by June.

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A new report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) aims to dispel misperceptions about the success and perseverance of community college students, particularly those who transfer to selective four-year institutions.

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On Being a Professor with Autism, and Traveling the World to Destigmatize It

by Stephen Shore

People on the autism spectrum have similar characteristics no matter their nationality or race. However, there are great differences in societal awareness, acceptance and appreciation of people on the autism spectrum throughout the world.

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Year in Review 2018

In this issue: Diverse takes a look back at Higher Education Highlights of 2018.


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‘But You’re Not a Real Doctor!’

‘But You’re Not a Real Doctor!’

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Once while traveling to a conference, I used my credit card to check-in to use my frequent flyer benefits. My salutation, Dr. Nichole M. Garcia, prompted the sales associate to ask me if I could provide medical advice for something they were experiencing. As I began to explain that I was not a medical doctor, I was met with, “But you’re not a real doctor, you’re a teacher.”

‘Mascu’sectionality: Theorizing an Alternative Framework for Black Males

‘Mascu’sectionality: Theorizing an Alternative Framework for Black Males

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The theorizing and theoretical frameworks speaking to the male experience, particularly the Black male experience has tended to emanate from a place of deficit thinking and pathology. Hence, for Black males and those who study this population, engaging in critical discourse about their epistemological and ontological being is at best lopsided.

Sorority Life as an Act of Resistance

Sorority Life as an Act of Resistance

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My expectations of life as a Black, college student in the 90’s were largely shaped by a TV show called “A Different World.” The show was set on the campus of the fictional Hillman College in Virginia. For the first time I saw a group of students on television who looked like me and whose background mirrored my own.

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A new report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) aims to dispel misperceptions about the success and perseverance of community college students, particularly those who transfer to selective four-year institutions.

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Dr. Tara Jo Holmberg, an environmental advocate and scholar, was named the 2018 New England Formal Educator of the Year by the New England Environmental Education Association (NEEA).

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Eleven African-American student athletes have filed a federal lawsuit against the Maricopa County Community College (MCCC) District after the school decided to cut the JUCO football program after the 2018 season. The MCCC District, the largest community college system in Arizona, made the announcement in February 2018 citing the systems need to refocus their spending […]

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Researchers from the City University of New York (CUNY) have received a $550,000 award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study what factors help or deter community college students who are interested in the humanities, transfer to four-year institutions.

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Since 2004, Achieving the Dream (ATD) – a national, nonprofit leading organization that has helped more than 4 million community college students achieve academic success and close opportunity gaps – will hold its 15th annual DREAM convening in Long Beach, CA from Feb. 19-22.

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Black Issues

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A recent study funded by the National Science Foundation found that Black and Asian undergraduate college students are negatively affected by stereotypes and labels within their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) academic environments.

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by Pearl Stewart

Beginning next month, an updated North Star, founded by activist journalist Shaun King and edited by noted scholar Dr. Keisha Blain, will emerge online with content created by progressives seeking to agitate for justice in the spirit of Frederick Douglass and the movement he inspired.

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For years, HBCU chaplains have played a critical role in nourishing students from entry to exit. The job has become a bit more difficult, in part because there has been an overall decline in the number of church-going college students in recent decades.

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Latino Issues

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Research has shown that having role-models and mentors who share racial/ethnic identities can contribute to an individual’s self-concept of pursuing similar careers. Too often, people from underrepresented racial or ethnic communities hear about the struggles their community faces, rather than their increasing growth and success in this country.

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Being intentional about recruiting and serving Latino students, cultivating a familial community on campus and using data to implement and tailor student support initiatives were some of the strategies discussed during Excelencia in Education’s Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Institute on Friday.

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Conversations on the importance of Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) internationalizing their campuses, advocacy for DREAMers and collaborative partnerships between other minority-serving institutions for Hispanic student success filled the final day of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ Annual Conference.

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Asian American Issues

by Lydia Lum

A new report lists multiple ways in which lawmakers and other thought leaders across the country can help Asian American communities obtain improved access to mental health services.

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This past week, I was moved by the memorial for the late Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien. The first Asian American to head a major research university, University of California Berkeley, which he led from 1990 to 1997, he was remembered again on the tenth anniversary of the naming of an East Asian Library in his honor.

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by Mengchen Ge

According to several studies, international students find it difficult to make trustworthy friends to talk to about personal problems, and are too shy to ask for clarifications and help when they need support. This can cause social alienation and segregation.

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American Indian Issues

by Lois Elfman

Building a supportive network is crucial for Native American scholars, many of whom are the only scholars in their field at a college or university.

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The education of Native American youth was part of the charter when Dartmouth College opened its stately doors two and a half centuries ago. But it wasn’t until recent years that the school began graduating indigenous students in significant numbers, and its Native American Studies program has emerged as one of the strongest in the United States.

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by Rachel E. Bryan

Native Americans have the lowest educational attainment of any race. One of the ways in which mainstream institutions are failing them is by simply not addressing the values of Native American students.

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Why the Nation Needs to Do College Attainment Better

On June 18, 2018, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education partnered with Educational Testing Service (ETS) and American Council on Education for a lively panel moderated by Diverse executive editor Dr. Jamal Eric Watson titled “Why the Nation Needs to Do College Attainment Better.”

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