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University of Texas at Austin associate professor Dr. Richard Reddick has been named the College of Education’s inaugural Associate Dean for Equity, Community Engagement and Outreach. In his new role, Reddick will lead and focus support of the college’s initiatives to advance a culture of social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion among faculty, staff and […]

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Although college closures are not common occurrences, numerous factors suggest a continuing uptick, so higher education institutions, accreditors and the government are wise to work together on reforms that protect students when such crises occur. That was the consensus of speakers Tuesday at “School’s Out Forever: Reforming the College Closure Process,” an event hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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by Melanie Eversley

The head of a prominent New York City nonprofit is guiding a team of the Big Apple’s most-engaged community leaders to redo the way they prevent and address incarceration.

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Journalist Richard Whitmire discusses how to significantly improve graduation rates of first-generation, low-income, minority college students in his sixth book, The B.A. Breakthrough: How Ending Diploma Disparities Can Change the Face of America. Whitmire, a past president of the National Education Writers Association and former editorial writer for USA Today, discussed the book (published by The 74 and released April 9) and related issues with Diverse.

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As campaign season for the 2020 presidency begins with more women competing for the nomination than ever before, gender bias continues to affect their chances of political success, with 13 percent of Americans believing that men are more emotionally suited for political office than women.

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Dr. Huey Copeland, an associate professor of art history and the Arthur Andersen Teaching and Research Professor at Northwestern University, has advanced scholarship in contemporary and modern art of the African diaspora like few others.

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by Roscoe Nance

Baseball is a game played at a slow pace and is deliberate when it comes to changing the way it is played. The same can be said for Major League Baseball (MLB) and its racial and gender hiring practices.

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UNCF and Diverse: Our Work Remains Unfinished

by Brian K. Bridges

This has probably been overstated, but the times in which we live feel like a critical juncture in American history. The rise of previously silenced or ignored voices that assert themselves daily through democratizing channels like social media or personal blogs significantly contribute to greater representation of and respect for Black issues across society, particularly in education. The advancement of educational aspirations for Black Americans has been facilitated by key individuals and organizations for decades, two of which celebrate milestone anniversaries this year.

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A Student-Centered President

In this issue: Dr. Kenneth Atwater is recognized as 2019 Diverse Champion.


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After the Mueller Report, Higher Ed Must Lead

After the Mueller Report, Higher Ed Must Lead

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Now that the Mueller report is out, we can rest assured. Betsy DeVos is just window dressing. The fish really does stink from the top. That DeVos glow is nothing compared to the boss who smells worse than she does. Trump and his administration really is as chaotic, dysfunctional, and as truth-challenged as we imagined. But Mueller’s report should have a better title.

Yes Virginia, There is a Choice

Yes Virginia, There is a Choice

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Like many other students of color who receive messages that they’re not good enough, I had resigned myself to believing that I was either unready or unprepared for college. As a first-generation student, I couldn’t rely on legacy status to give me a leg up in the admissions process and my family certainly couldn’t rely on making donations to athletic booster clubs or local alumni groups.

‘I Just Said That!’

‘I Just Said That!’

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Have you ever had that moment when you were in a meeting and proposed an idea for consideration to solve a problem? In an instance, you are abruptly interrupted. Your colleague regurgitated your idea as if it was their own. As you look around the table for a connection of affirmation, in your head you are thinking, “I just said that!”

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Dr. Ken Atwater’s enthusiasm for community colleges is quite infectious. It’s apparent when you talk to administrators, faculty and some of the nearly 45,000 students at the five-campus Hillsborough Community College (HCC) where he serves as president.

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The ways in which community colleges and other institutions structure their students’ learning experience through policy, pedagogy and practice can play a significant role in shaping students’ academic mindset, according to a new report released this week from the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE).

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Indian River State College (IRSC) and Miami Dade College (MDC), both in Florida, are the co-winners of this year’s 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, a national recognition from the Aspen Institute highlighting their outstanding commitment to student success and equitable student outcomes amongst a pool of 1,000 community colleges across the country.

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Around 80 percent of students in the United States end up changing their major at least once, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Those stats resonate with Jason Roscoe who didn’t know what career he wanted to pursue either, when he enrolled as an undergraduate at Mansfield University located in Pennsylvania.

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West Virginia legislatures and post-secondary officials have expressed their support for recently passed Senate Bill 1, legislation that supporters say could open new economic opportunities and establish an industry talent pipeline in West Virgina’s community colleges. Lawmakers from both houses passed SB1 toward the end of a recent meeting, creating the West Virginia Invests Grant Program. […]

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Black Issues

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There are opportunities for educators and policymakers to improve African-American and Hispanic males’ employment attainment by implementing practices and policies that drive the underrepresented group’s educational persistence and completion, according to new data from the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education at Clemson University.

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One of the things I love most about writing for Diverse is that it provides an opportunity for me to think through our increasingly complicated political space. Exploring the intersection of politics, pop culture and higher education also provides a platform to align pedagogy with public scholarship. I approach this column as I approach my classroom: my job isn’t to tell people how to think; but to provide them with information that encourages them to think critically and analytically.

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by Melanie Eversley

Dr. Farah Griffin, is wearing two hats as the inaugural chair of Columbia’s new African-American and African Diaspora Studies Department and director-elect of Columbia’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies.

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Latino Issues

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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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The goal of the HSI Pathways program is to increase the number of Latino faculty in the humanities. Funded by a five-year, $5.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program is on track to prepare 90 students from Florida International University, the University of Texas El Paso and California State University, Northridge – all Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs) – for careers in academia.

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The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has announced the launch of a new fellowship program that seeks to increase the number of Hispanic leaders in presidential positions across higher education.

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Asian American Issues

by Lois Elfman

Now in his second year as an assistant professor at Franklin & Marshall College, Dr. Mark Redondo Villegas is propelling students and colleagues to explore issues of race and identity.

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Cilantro is a good example for showing the stupidity of racial stereotypes. The herb, also known as coriander and Chinese parsley, is a staple in some cuisines to the surprise of diners of varying backgrounds who report it tastes like soap. It turns out that whether you like this seasoning or want to spit it out depends on your genetics — your heritage.

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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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American Indian Issues

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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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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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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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