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No one who has been paying attention over the last two years should be surprised to learn that Trump administration officials are completing a policy proposal that would more conservatively define gender under Title IX and have implications for transgender students on college campuses, says one academic who has added his voice to the early chorus of critics.

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The interconnection between the roles of educators and activists in today’s political climate were evident Monday during a roundtable discussion at Howard University that featured students, former U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King, Jr. and social justice activist Brittany Packnett.

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by Lois Elfman

The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), in partnership with the Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA and The Suder Foundation, has announced the second annual First-Generation College Celebration.

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Marshall Chimwedzi is helping increase Alabama A&M University’s status as an environmentally sustainable historically Black institution through his grant writing capacity and service as the university’s director of transportation.

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Recent incidents involving family members who work together at institutions of higher learning has sparked renewed discussion about nepotism policies and related conflicts of interest on college campuses.

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by Lois Elfman

The importance of making an impact on higher education and creating pipelines for diverse talent were salient topics at the TIAA Institute Women’s Leadership Forum held on Thursday in New York City.

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The future of the private, historically Black institution Paine College in Augusta, Georgia is uncertain following a federal judge’s court ruling on its regional accreditation status last week.

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Who Are These Diversity Officers?

by Joana Dos Santos

In 2011, I was arrested for civil disobedience in front of the U.S. Senate, fighting for immigrant rights. While I was being arrested, children of undocumented parents visited senators with heart-shaped cookies asking them to take action on keeping families together. Sound familiar?

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Still Separate, Still Unequal: American Indians and Election 2018  

Still Separate, Still Unequal: American Indians and Election 2018  

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To be sure, the legacy of conquest meant that American Indians and enslaved Africans were often forced to live in close proximity to each other. This proximity resulted in a number of blended families and children of mixed racial heritage who were discriminated against in distinct and overlapping ways based not on their self-identity, but on social identity.

Navigating Bias Incidents on Campus as an Administrator

Navigating Bias Incidents on Campus as an Administrator

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During my tenure as an assistant dean of students, I was involved in a committee charged with responding to reported bias incidents on campus. When a member of the campus community experienced, witnessed or were aware of something that they believed to be bias, they could use an online form to report the incident anonymously. Once a week, this committee I was a part of would read over all the cases and decide how they should be handled.

On Leaving Home

On Leaving Home

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My mother consistently asks, “When are you coming home?” which is usually followed by, “Do you just not want to come home?” For my mother, earning a Ph.D. meant that I would have the ability to return home because why else leave to attend graduate school.

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Dr. Debra McCurdy will assume the role of president of Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) this spring after serving as president of Rhodes State College in Ohio for the last 11 years. McCurdy will succeed interim president Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr. in Spring 2019 as the college is working to boost enrollment and graduation […]

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Santa Monica College recently hosted an inaugural Men of Color Leadership Conference under the theme “Agents of Change” to holistically support all minority male students enrolled in the California Community College system. Workshops throughout the conference Friday focused on the men’s academic and post-grad success. There were sessions on leadership development, managing relationships and access […]

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The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and Rutgers University-Camden will partner for a cross-state, dual-admission agreement that will allow the community college’s students to earn their bachelor’s degree. CCP students who complete their associate’s degree and meet transfer requirements can transition to Rutgers-Camden starting in their junior year, according to WHYY.  Although CCP has previously […]

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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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Black Issues

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The future of the private, historically Black institution Paine College in Augusta, Georgia is uncertain following a federal judge’s court ruling on its regional accreditation status last week.

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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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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

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 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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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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