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Jessica Ruf
Jessica Ruf is a writer and copy editor for the print magazine at Diverse. She can be reached at

Dept. of Education Temporarily Changes Student Aid Verification Process

by | July 14, 2021
The U.S. Department of Education will temporarily change its federal student aid verification p [...] Read more

Boston’s Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Names Its First Female President

by | July 13, 2021
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), a nonprofit technical and trade college in Bo [...] Read more

Coppin State Creates Scholarship in Honor of Freddie Gray

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Baltimore’s Coppin State University has created a new scholarship — the Freddie Gray St [...] Read more

Steve Fund, JED’s Equity in Mental Health Framework Shows Promising Results

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Students of color are almost twice as likely to not seek mental health care, compared to White [...] Read more

American Educational Research Association Announces 2021’s Fellows

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Having demonstration “distinguished and sustained research achievements,” 19 schola [...] Read more

South Carolina’s Voorhees College Appoints Dr. Ronnie Hopkins President

by | July 12, 2021
Voorhees College, a small, rural and historically Black institution in South Carolina, has appo [...] Read more

Third Louisiana Institution Offers Full Ride to Spelling Champion Zaila Avant-garde

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Southern University has become the third Louisiana academic institution to offer a full-ride sc [...] Read more

University of Delaware to Uncover Past Connections to Slavery and Racism

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The University of Delaware, whose history dates back to 1743, will begin exploring its past con [...] Read more

UVA Removes ‘Racist’ Conqueror of The Northwest Statue From Campus

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The University of Virginia’s statue of Revolutionary War figure George Rogers Clark was r [...] Read more

Howard University Will No Longer Have Faculty, Student, Alumni Trustees. Is That Normal? 

by | July 9, 2021
Howard University is in the midst of “an emerging, heated, family squabble.” That’s acco [...] Read more

‘I’ve Never Told Anyone’: Study Examines Why Sexual Assault Victims Remain Silent

by | July 8, 2021
Throughout the years, Dr. Sandra Caron and Deborah Mitchell began to notice a certain trend eac [...] Read more

Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis Appointed President of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College

by | July 7, 2021
An “internationally recognized pioneer” in the field of Dominican women’s stu [...] Read more

Students, Nonprofits Work to End Period Poverty on Campuses Nationwide

by | July 2, 2021
In March, a group gathered in the middle of Lincoln University’s student union area for a cel [...] Read more

Dr. Kia Lilly Caldwell to Take On New Role at Washington U in St. Louis

by | June 18, 2021
Washington University (WU) in St. Louis has named Dr. Kia Lilly Caldwell its new vice provost f [...] Read more

Roughly 20 Black Faculty, Staff Say They Feel Undervalued at UNC-Chapel Hill

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About 20 Black faculty and staff at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill say they feel [...] Read more