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by George Mathew Munjanattu

Multiculturalism intensities the bond of connection that makes all one. Lack of understanding and not knowing the standards that one grew up under or may still be living under can lead to a false image of the individual or their whole culture. This can lead to prejudice, bias and hatred of not only of a person but also all who are of the same nationality.

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Trinice McNally sits in her office at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) surrounded by boxes of papers and bags full of empowerment swag-buttons with “undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic” in bold, printed graphics. These items share their space with a herd of elephant figurines standing as silent symbols of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.

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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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by Melanie Eversley

Instead of taking a knee, Colin Kaepernick took home a prestigious award Thursday bestowed by Harvard University on those who’ve contributed greatly to African-American and African culture.

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Four million, or five percent of adults living in California aged 25-64 have left the state’s colleges and universities due to financial barriers, personal obligations and institutional roadblocks according to a new report.

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by Monica Levitan and Jamie Rogers

Several colleges and universities across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas announced closures ahead of Hurricane Michael which made landfall Wednesday and is expected to wreak havoc along the east coast.

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by Walter Hudson

Johns Hopkins University will honor Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman who was the source of the HeLa cell line that has been critical to numerous advances in medicine, including the development of the polio vaccine, studies of leukemia and AIDS, and chemotherapy.

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It is Necessary to Disseminate Multicultural Standards in Higher Education

by George Mathew Munjanattu

Multiculturalism intensities the bond of connection that makes all one. Lack of understanding and not knowing the standards that one grew up under or may still be living under can lead to a false image of the individual or their whole culture. This can lead to prejudice, bias and hatred of not only of a person but also all who are of the same nationality.

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The Perfect Victim and the Perfect Judge —The New Challenge to Affirmative Action

The Perfect Victim and the Perfect Judge —The New Challenge to Affirmative Action

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If it feels like we’ve been here before, we have.

The use of race in college admissions is legal and has been tested and upheld by the high court time and again, most recently in the Fisher v. Texas case. But that’s not stopping conservative anti-affirmative activist Ed Blum.

Feminism, Womanism and Election 2018

Feminism, Womanism and Election 2018

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As we stand a month away from the midterm elections, we do so as a record number of women of color are running for office. Congressional candidates like Rashida Tliab of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Jahana Hayes of Connecticut. New Mexico’s Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids of Kansas are poised to become the first American Indian women ever elected to Congress. Their entry would come over 190 years after Hiram Revels of the Lumbee tribe was elected as the first African -American and first American Indian to enter the legislature.

Remembering Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien, Champion of Affirmative Action

Remembering Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien, Champion of Affirmative Action

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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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Brookdale Community College has until March 1 to show the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that it has “internal controls and processes to ensure ongoing consistent ethical behavior” and uses “assessment results for the improvement of educational effectiveness” or the college will lose its accreditation, according to the Asbury Park Press. The college received […]

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The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) recently received a $2.748 million Title V grant to support its “Accelerated Transfer Program,” which will provide transfer students with enhanced advising, coaching and clear pathways to complete their bachelor’s degrees. The grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program will also support UHD’s Accelerated Transfer […]

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Millions of California’s working adults who have a high school diploma and some or no post-secondary education will have a fresh opportunity to enhance their marketability by enrolling in the state’s newest and fully online community college.

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The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has announced that Oct. 15-19 will be Undocumented Student Week of Action, encouraging its campuses and surrounding communities to participate in events that support undocumented students and asking Congress to establish a way for the group to obtain citizenship. “It is imperative that the California Community Colleges, the […]

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With this week’s launch of Degrees When Due, a new three-year initiative by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), nearly 30,000 adult learners and college “stop-outs” are expected to complete their degrees within a year.

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Black Issues

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Nearly six months after Dr. Gregory J. Vincent stepped down as president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the legal and diversity scholar has continued to champion education causes through his new role as CEO and Chairman of Sigma Pi Phi — also known as the Boulé.

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With financial support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an anonymous donor and an eligible university match, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) is set to revamp its curriculum with a new African-American Studies Initiative.

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Renowned Harvard University scholar Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. has awarded Spelman College with the largest single donation of books given to a historically Black college or university. Spelman received nearly 14,000 volumes from Gates’ personal library. The collection will be housed in the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, where Spelman students […]

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Latino Issues

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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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As Latino students enter higher education at increasing rates, ensuring their success through student support and inclusive campus cultures is a growing priority, according to higher education leaders at this year’s Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 32nd Annual Conference.

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Asian American Issues

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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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by Lydia Lum

Growing up in the 1950s, Kay Ochi heard nary a syllable about the incarceration camps where her parents and other Japanese Americans languished during World War II. A new book documents how ordinary people gained empowerment through their activism around the issue.

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American Indian Issues

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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by Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A university in West Virginia has been fined $4,999 for failing to complete inventories of American Indian remains and artifacts in its possession. The U.S. Department of the Interior notified Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert of the fine in a letter this week. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter, […]

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by Lois Elfman

Building mutually beneficial knowledge alliances and driving positive impact for Native American communities are at the core of Dr. Tarissa Spoonhunter’s work in academia.

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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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