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When Dr. Kabria Baumgartner went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to earn her Ph.D., she thought she was going to study 20th century African diasporic literature.

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Over a year ago, Dr. Constance “Connie” Ledoux Book was named Elon University’s first female president. However, being the “first” in a leadership role was not uncharted territory for her.

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Dr. Charles H. F. Davis III is quickly becoming one of the nation’s most prominent scholars. With a bold research agenda that looks at the intersectional politics of identity and systemic oppression, he specifically focuses on contemporary student social movements in college.

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The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) hosted a daylong summit on Tuesday to discuss the role HBCUs can play in K-12 learning. The event was held in conjunction with the release of a new report titled, “Imparting Wisdom: HBCU Lessons for K-12 Education.”

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The Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the SAT for The College Board, on Tuesday announced the launch of a new institute that will conduct research on creating and maintaining more equitable testing programs.

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At the National Action Network’s Martin Luther King Day Civil Rights Breakfast, the organization honored a diverse array of leaders for their humanitarian work, including former President Bill Clinton. Speakers and award winners stressed the importance of gun control, accessible education and other policy areas against the backdrop of an increasingly polarized country.

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Does America Really Want More Black Teachers? If So, Supporting HBCUs is the Answer.

by Tina L. Fletcher and Trina L. Fletcher

A national call to action for more Black teachers is especially necessary when considering research shows Black teachers are less likely to suspend or expel students of a shared race. Thus, increasing the number of Black teachers can aid in eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline, a system 2019 national Teacher of the Year (TOY), Rodney Robinson, knows too well.

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Exemplars of Service & Scholarship

In this issue: We are pleased to present our Emerging Scholars Class of 2020.


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Beware the Racist Who Claims to Be “Rational”

Beware the Racist Who Claims to Be “Rational”

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Among the most dangerous arguments for racial profiling are the most rational. They are persuasive because they are by definition based on logic and statistics. The premise is that a stereotype is true, or more probably true than false, or at least more true of the group subjected to it than of other populations. 

Un-Civil Rights: America’s Fear of Diversity in 2020

Un-Civil Rights: America’s Fear of Diversity in 2020

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Have the war protests started? Are your students beginning to wonder about military service and the importance of a draft? Our country’s constitutional crisis seems to be coming to a head as we deal with a president who insists he can do anything he wants.

Michigan Jury Sides With UM Over Professors of Color

Michigan Jury Sides With UM Over Professors of Color

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Is it a level playing field for professors of color in academia? Here’s a story that broke before Christmas that will make you question what it takes to prove discrimination.

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam proposed a plan to make community college free for residents from low- or middle-income backgrounds going into particular fields with skilled labor shortages in Virginia.

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Dr. Leah Barrett, recently named president of Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, always saw herself as someone who was going to lead an organization. She has found her calling in the world of community colleges, despite working at four-year institutions for most of her career.

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by Lois Elfman

A recent report demonstrates that attending a community college increases the chance for low-income, underrepresented students to attend selective four-year institutions.

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Last week, Dr. Clyde Muse, president of Hinds Community College, announced his plans to retire June 30 after leading the school for 42 years. He is currently the longest-serving community college president in the state, according to the Mississippi Business Journal. Muse became president of the school in 1978. Prior to his role as Hinds […]

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by Pearl Stewart

Scholars and education policy analysts are questioning whether two-year institutions and the students they serve — especially those most in need — are actually benefiting from free tuition programs.

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Black Issues

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The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) hosted a daylong summit on Tuesday to discuss the role HBCUs can play in K-12 learning. The event was held in conjunction with the release of a new report titled, “Imparting Wisdom: HBCU Lessons for K-12 Education.”

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At the National Action Network’s Martin Luther King Day Civil Rights Breakfast, the organization honored a diverse array of leaders for their humanitarian work, including former President Bill Clinton. Speakers and award winners stressed the importance of gun control, accessible education and other policy areas against the backdrop of an increasingly polarized country.

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Dr. Jonathan Holloway, provost of Northwestern University, was named president of Rutgers University this week, becoming the New Jersey institution’s first Black leader.

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Latino Issues

by Lois Elfman

As Latino/Hispanic faculty associations strive to increase recruitment and retention, students are feeling the positive impact. Not only do faculty association events — both structured and informal — enable faculty members to connect and share their experiences, they also include opportunities to connect with students and expand the pipeline to new talent in the academy.

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California Rep. Nanette Barragán remembers her immigrant parents telling her, “Doctor or lawyer – that’s the only way you’re going to get out of poverty.” She shared the memory Wednesday at the third annual Latina Leaders Summit hosted by The Hill, which brought women together to discuss how policymakers can level the playing field for Latinas in politics, education and the workforce.

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Showcasing both the ingenuity and struggles of Latinx scholars in the academy, this year’s American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) conference focused on the future.

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Asian American Issues

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Racial nationalists, who equate ethnicity with belonging, can co-exist with each other. Their acceptance may be begrudging, but they can be sympathetic to one another’s sense of who should be where. They will avoid conflict if they stay in the appropriate place and don’t claim the same territory. It is those whose race and nationality do not correspond, or who are cosmopolitan, who threaten an order deemed natural

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by Jessica Fry

When I was a freshman in high school, I was walking to my geometry class for sixth period. A loud voice boomed down the hall, “Hey, Korean trash, go home!” In an almost exclusively White high school, I knew that the insult was being hurled at me.

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I have been studying the internment of Japanese Americans ever since I have been a professor. Yet I have had the most important insight, personally as an Asian American albeit not Japanese originally, only recently. To explain why the mass incarceration during World War II of 120,000 individuals on the basis of heritage, two-thirds of them native-born citizens of this nation, was wrong requires pointing out that the people who are most offended about the violation of civil rights are those who subscribe in the ideals of the United States.

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American Indian Issues

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In the sciences, only 48 research doctorates were awarded to Native American and Alaska Native students, out of the 11,764 doctorates awarded to U.S. residents in 2012. The Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership supports Native American scholars pursuing graduate education in STEM disciplines.

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Through a partnership with the University of Wyoming (UW) and the Northern Arapaho Tribe, an immersion dual language school will be established for K-16 students to help save the Arapaho language from extinction.

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Following the widely reported maltreatment of two indigenous students on a college campus visit last year, the American Indian College Fund initiated a collaborative project that has produced a study recommending ways to improve access, inclusion and equity for Native students seeking higher education.

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Critical Questions about the Relationships among Viewpoint Diversity and Other Aspects of Diversity

Dr. Jamal Watson, executive editor of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education moderates a panel discussion on Viewpoint Diversity at the Heterodox Academy conference in New York City. 

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