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NEWS ROUNDUP

by David Fuentes, Francisco Díaz, Maribel Rodriguez, Elena Sabogal, Daisy Rodriguez and Johanna Torres,

The shift in our student population revealed structural and pedagogical concerns that led to the development of several task forces aimed at addressing and understanding how to better serve our increasingly diverse student population. Among them was the HSI task force, who among others, received charges by our University President, Richard Helldobler, asking us to recommend ways and strategies that our higher education institution could move beyond being a Hispanic enrolling institution towards becoming a Hispanic Serving one.

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Cass Cliatt the first Black person to lead communications at a senior executive level – meaning she reports directly to the president and works with the board of trustees – at an ivy-league institution, plus Stanford, Duke, MIT and University of Chicago.

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Pre-recorded videos usually lead to improved student learning, according to a recent study published in Review of Educational Research, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

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A new survey revealed that meeting basic infrastructure needs and increasing opportunities for workforce development were the among the top priorities for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

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by Lois Elfman

In the latest report from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES), “The 2020 Racial and Gender Report Card, College Sport,” college sport receives an overall grade of C+, which breaks down to a B for racial hiring practices and a C+ for gender hiring. As the report notes, intercollegiate athletics remains predominantly white and male.

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The Civil Rights Project’s recent report, “Black Segregation Matters: School Resegregation and Black Educational Opportunity,” highlights the increasing number of segregated K-12 schools across the country. The research suggests that Black students are far more segregated from White students now than in the Civil Rights Movement era but attend schools with many more Latinx students.

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Earlier this week, Dr. Cornel West, professor and activist, threatened to leave Harvard University after his request to be considered for tenure was denied. Mafaz Al-Suwaidan and over 60 other doctoral students have released a letter challenging Harvard’s decision and standing in solidarity with West.

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Moving Beyond Hispanic Enrolling While Becoming Hispanic Serving at William Paterson University

by David Fuentes, Francisco Díaz, Maribel Rodriguez, Elena Sabogal, Daisy Rodriguez and Johanna Torres,






Black Representation in Academia and Corporate America Remains Inadequate in 2021

by Tyrone Smith, Jr. & Jeremy C. McCool





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Saint Augustine’s University Finds a Visionary Leader in Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail

Saint Augustine’s University Finds a Visionary Leader in Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail

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Now, Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail is set to lead Saint Augustine’s forward. And the college community—students, faculty and staff—will be all the more enriched by her bold and visionary leadership.

Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on Prospective College and University Student-Athletes

Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on Prospective College and University Student-Athletes

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There may not be a group of student-athletes in the country who have been more significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic than current high school seniors who were and are aspiring to garner athletic scholarships to compete at higher educational institutions.

Why is San Francisco De-Magnetizing Its Public School Jewel?

Why is San Francisco De-Magnetizing Its Public School Jewel?

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So how do we solve the inequities in admission? We need more thoughtful solutions that may have to go beyond education and address segregated housing, income inequality, employment, and family needs.

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Lord Fairfax Community College’s board has voted 9-3 on to change the school’s name from that of an 18th-century slave owner, The Northern Virginia Daily reported. The school’s namesake was Thomas, the 6th Lord Fairfax, with the name being selected in 1969 by the school’s first board. Fairfax owned more than 5 million acres of […]

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After examining their administrative processes, Central New Mexico Community College, Santa Fe Community College, Clovis Community College, Northern New Mexico College and San Juan College collaborated to establish a common platform for student and financial services.

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A few dozen Harrisburg Area Community College faculty members gathered near campus to rally for a union on Saturday, PennLive reported. The institution has 700 faculty members in total, including full-time and adjunct professors. Faculty voted in December 2020 on behalf of unionization and are now represented by the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Professors involved […]

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Daniel Ogunyemi has been appointed Ozarks Technical Community College’s (OTC) first director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). According to census data, 8% of residents in OTC’s 12-county service region are non-white. Yet, non-White enrollment in the school system is 18%. One of Ogunyemi’s first goals is to listen. “I want to listen to anybody willing […]

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The pandemic’s impact on rural community colleges was discussed during the three-day virtual 2021 National Legislative Summit hosted this week by the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges.

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Black Issues

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The University of Tennessee Knoxville is renaming two residence halls after Theotis Robinson and Rita Sanders Geier, two African American trailblazers and social justice advocates. UTK’s Orange Hall will be renamed after Geier and White Hall after Robinson. Robinson was the first Black undergraduate student admitted into UTK and one of three Black students to […]

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Penn State has been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs. The grant is directed to Penn State’s “Just Transformations: A College of the Liberal Arts Initiative Toward Building and Sustaining Diverse Communities in Higher Education” project. According to a Penn State […]

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Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) are attempting to educate the public about their campuses’ ties to slavery, The Press of Atlantic City reported. Rutgers plans to place four historical plaques on its New Brunswick campus in the spring. These markers will show how school figures — such as Rutgers’ first president, Jacob […]

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Asian American Issues

by Pearl Lo

Holistic admissions should encourage students to celebrate different components of their unique personal identities rather than conform to what they think admissions officers are looking for.

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My friend Corky Lee, the self-described Asian American photographer laureate, has been mentioned  by much of the mainstream media this past week. He died of COVID on Jan. 27.

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The college radio station is where I learned to be me. Maybe that’s because the radio audience doesn’t really see me. I was just a voice. Just like on the page or screen, the words are my voice through you. So you don’t instantly reject them. They could be your thoughts.  But listening to me is like me actually getting inside your ear. It’s more passively invasive. And then it all works on your imagination.

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Latino Issues

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Using a new $2.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Smithsonian Latino Center aims to establish more fellowship and internship opportunities as part of its Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP). To do so, the Latino Center plans to collaborate with five colleges and universities, primarily Hispanic-serving institutions, and the National Gallery of […]

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In her role at the California-based education non-profit Education Trust-West, Yvonne Muñoz attempts to help support students of color and low-income students, with the added background of having lived and persevered through the experiences that these students now face.

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Dr. Miguel Cardona, Connecticut’s education commissioner, has emerged as President-elect Joe Biden’s top pick for U.S. secretary of education.

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American Indian Issues

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As a member of the Luiseño, San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians, Dr. Olivia Chilcote has aimed to use her privilege in academia to address the issues and needs of the community.

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A new University of Minnesota initiative seeks to reckon with the school’s tumultuous history with tribal nations and teach people about racial justice, Star Tribune reported. The Minnesota Transform initiative will work with Black, Indigenous and immigrant people to present stories, “revitalize” Indigenous languages and report – together with the tribes – on the school’s […]

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Indigenous scholars are celebrating President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland for secretary of the interior. A Democratic Congresswoman from New Mexico, Haaland would be the first Native American in the position.

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