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Alum Creates Social Justice Fund and Scholarship at Central College
August 24, 2021
Author and Diversity Advocate, Dr. James Loewen, Dead at 79
August 23, 2021
Faculty & Staff
Dr. Ivory A. Toldson Named NAACP's New Director of Education Innovation and Research
The NAACP has named Dr. Ivory A. Toldson its new director of education innovation and research.
August 13, 2021
Darren Lenard Hutchinson Named Emory University Inaugural John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice
Darren Lenard Hutchinson has been named Emory University School of Law’s inaugural John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice, effective Jul. 1. Hutchinson – legal, social justice and civil rights scholar – is currently the Raymond & Miriam Ehrlich Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Previously, Hutchinson held […]
April 28, 2021
Lehigh University Receives $2.5 Million to Create Social Justice Institute
Lehigh University has received $2.5 million to create an institute for social and racial justice, lehighvalleylive.com reported. The donation comes from Bethlehem native and philanthropist Charles Marcon, an executive with Allentown-based Duggan & Marcon. The “Marcon Institute” is to prepare and deploy undergrad students – Marcon Fellows – to work with community partners to enact […]
April 27, 2021
Scholars Wonder at the Trajectory of Expanding Social Justice Programs
George Floyd was killed by police a few miles from Dr. Valerie Chepp’s house. And as her students went out into the streets to protest this past summer, she completely redesigned her senior capstone course for the fall. Chepp is the social justice program director for Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and through the program, she felt like she had the opportunity to address the questions student activists were asking themselves while equipping them with applicable skills for their community organizing.
April 13, 2021
Law Schools Respond to the Movement for Social Justice
The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, the violent death of George Floyd and the global protests that ensued have triggered a reckoning in many institutional spaces, including American law schools. Concerned law professors and deans have examined their courses and curricula to determine what changes need to be made to address issues of racism and bias in the United States.
April 12, 2021
Chief Diversity Officers Play Critical Role in Effecting Lasting Change on Campus
The rise in social activism on campuses — generated by continued anti-Black violence and hate crimes against Asian Americans — has led many colleges and universities to analyze their diversity policies and practices. In many places, the conversation starts with reexamining the role of the chief diversity officer, who is often charged with helping institutions develop “cultural competency and expand the social bandwidth of their respective institutions,” says Elizabeth Moore, interim chief diversity officer at Gallaudet University.
April 9, 2021
Accessibility Services and Moving Towards Universal Design
I wonder if we who are nondisabled teachers have become so desensitized to the realities of disabled students that the violence done unto them by the university has disappeared from the informal settings in which we express surprise and frustration to one another.
January 19, 2021
New “J-Term” at Loyola University New Orleans Puts Focus on Race, Equity and Inclusion
For the first time in its history, Loyola University New Orleans is currently offering its students two weeks of accelerated learning during the month of January. All of the 3-credit courses offered during the “J-Term” are free and relate to topics tied specifically to race, equity and inclusion.
January 10, 2021
Equity Requires Action
COVID-19 has affected us all in different ways. During the spring semester, most colleges and universities had to pivot to move courses online. At that time most, if not all, students left campus. As the American Medical Association pointed out, the COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) populations because they “suffer disproportionally, due to the inequities in society perpetuated by systematic practices.”
October 2, 2020
Rutgers Receives $15M Grant to Establish Global Racial Justice Institute
Rutgers University has been awarded a five-year $15 million grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice. The grant is among the largest sums in Rutgers history, and will coordinate faculty across Rutgers campuses in Newark, New Brunswick and Camden, and support and amplify the […]
September 24, 2020
What Do Sporting Boycotts Tell Us About Ourselves?
The decision to boycott has been coupled with questions about what NBA players and other professional athletes are going to do next. The boycotting, however, needs to be framed as a greater cultural moment that is reflective of American shortcomings rather than asking athlete to carry the mantel for social activism.
September 1, 2020
Race and Higher Education in Virginia
I remain fascinated by how the higher education landscape has changed. Madison College now is highly competitive James Madison University. The former Northern Virginia campus of the University of Virginia now is George Mason University. Christopher Newport University, Old Dominion University and Virginia Commonwealth University — essentially commuter schools three decades ago — have undergone major transformations.
August 26, 2020
Cal State Scholars Call New Ethnic Studies or Social Justice Course Requirement a “Trojan Horse”
The California State University system board of trustees voted in favor of requiring students to take an ethnic studies or social-justice-related course before they graduate. But ethnic studies scholars opposed the change, arguing that it doesn’t actually require an ethnic studies class.
August 3, 2020
NCAA Allows Athletes to Wear Social Justice Statement on Uniform
The NCAA said on Thursday that it will allow student-athletes to wear patches containing social justice statements or other statements for commemorative and memorial purposes on their uniforms. Current rules in some sports don’t allow such patches but the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved rules which will now allow athletes two places on the […]
July 31, 2020
Pitt Diversity Forum Brings Together Higher Ed Stakeholders to Confront Systemic Racism
Over 12,000 educators and students around the world convened virtually this week to participate in the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion forum titled, “Advancing Social Justice: A Call to Action.”
July 30, 2020
Abolish the Term “Student-Athlete”
As higher education embraces social justice and abandons oppressive language and symbols, universities should banish one more offensive term.
July 29, 2020
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