Keep Fighting the Good Fight

We kicked off this academic year in the previous edition featuring 10 champions of diversity — from the PhD Project to the University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative, just to name two, in efforts to highlight those organizations and individuals that are truly doing their part to promote access to higher education for underrepresented groups. We bring you part II of this series, but certainly not the last as we count down to the publisher’s 25th anniversary in 2009. Over the next few months, we will be looking at the past, present and future of higher education as it specifically pertains to groups that historically have not had the same level of access to the country’s colleges and universities. In this edition, we’re featuring organizations including the Civil Rights Project, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program and NASA.

I think it’s fitting that as we head into the new academic year we take a close look at organizations that are really making a difference in the lives of current and future minority students, faculty and staff. Also in this edition don’t miss Diverse correspondent Pearl Stewart’s article on the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, which for more than five years has been assisting scholars whose academic freedom is being threatened in their home countries. And lastly, Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of Webster University’s School of Business and Technology, writes an insightful piece in Last Word about today’s students, a generation he has termed the “I.P.O.D. Generation.”

On a personal level, I am pleased to feature these stellar organizations in what will be my last issue as editor of this great publication. After eight years — more than 200 editions later, dozens of conferences attended and meeting hundreds of Diverse’s loyal readers — the torch is being passed. Toni Coleman, who has served as associate editor for the past two and a half years, has been named the new editor of Diverse. I know you will enjoy getting to know her and working with her as I have. You can reach her at the same e-mail address: editor@diverseeducation.com.

It has been immensely rewarding heading up this magazine, which reports on the issues that are most important to you, our readers. And although the subject matter can be a bit “heavy” at times, we attempt to write articles that educate, enlighten and hopefully serve as inspiration. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you at various events over the years. I have always felt that the Diverse audience includes some of the most loyal, passionate and committed readers out there. Keep fighting the good fight and continue reading Diverse!

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