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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
Fisk University Names Social Justice Institute After Alumnus and Late Congressman John Lewis
The historically Black Fisk University will name its recently launched institute for social justice after late Congressman and Fisk alumnus John R. Lewis, the school announced yesterday. The John R. Lewis Institute for Social Justice is a continuation of the Fisk Race Relations Institute, “which shaped so many of the conversations and policies during the […]
July 28, 2020
Spelman College to Create Scholarship in Memory of John Lewis
Spelman College announced it will create an endowed scholarship to honor the memory of civil rights icon and longtime Congressman John Lewis who died on Friday. The scholarship will provide a one-time tuition contribution of $10,000, awarded every year to five Social Justice Fellows. “We believe that the best way to honor Congressman Lewis is to […]
July 20, 2020
How “Different” Will Post-COVID Higher Education Be, Especially for “At-Risk” Students?
How are institutions preparing to deal with access to technology issues? While I can imagine many institutions providing students with laptops, students may encounter barriers to accessing reliable internet or even power for their devices. For residential campuses specifically who will have many students stay home, how do you ensure that your low-income students have access to adequate working space to learn and study?
July 1, 2020
On Social Justice, Black Lives Matter and the Power of Prayer
As a Black Man in America I pray that God Bless the “Black Lives Matter” movement for its continued critical advocacy and activism for social justice; and to publicly disassociate from factions that promote and further perpetuate fear, violence and destruction linked with Blackness.
June 17, 2020
In Light of COVID-19, Five Foundations to Increase Support for Higher Education, Other Nonprofits
Recognizing the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, five foundations have jointly agreed to commit $1.7 billion to the nonprofit sector, including higher education, the arts and humanities, and racial equity and social justice. This financial commitment by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the John D. & […]
June 12, 2020
Rowan U Won’t Reappoint an Ex-Police Officer Who Killed a Black Teen in 1994
Amid a “national spotlight on social justice and police matters,” Rowan University said the college won’t reappoint a former police officer who shot and killed a Black teenager in 1994. Since the death of George Floyd, many on campus have been calling for the removal of the former police officer Peter Amico, director of the […]
June 9, 2020
A Letter to George Floyd
I do not know at a biological or emotional level what it is like to be Black. White privilege was my birthright. Poverty, and homosexuality, and a propensity toward obesity were equally my birthright, and I have experienced prejudice for all of those reasons. Still, I do not pretend to know what it feels like to be racially profiled or to know that my ancestors were violently separated from their homeland and brought in chains to serve people whose race is the same as mine.
June 2, 2020
Just Cause: Higher Ed Institutions Expand Social Justice Offerings
Shaped by student interest as well as the need to keep curriculum relevant, colleges and universities are increasingly developing social justice programs to address pressing issues in contemporary society.
April 20, 2020
Southern University Law Center Joins ‘Universities Studying Slavery’, a 40+ School Consortium
Southern University Law Center (SULC) is the latest of 40+ schools to join a consortium titled Universities Studying Slavery (USS). Organized through the University of Virginia, the consortium addresses historical and contemporary issues related to race and inequality in higher education as well as how the complicated legacy of slavery still shapes modern American society. […]
February 6, 2020
2020 Emerging Scholars: Dr. Donald ‘DJ’ Mitchell Jr.
When it comes to researching issues about diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education, Dr. Donald “DJ” Mitchell Jr. has risen to the top of his field with his groundbreaking work on race, gender, identity and intersectionality within higher education contexts.
January 24, 2020
CLEO Announces New Scholarship During Honors Reception
The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) announced a new scholarship to help first-year law students who are passionate about advocating for civil rights and social justice. CLEO will present 10 scholarships to individuals next year. “The cornerstone of this scholarship will be the recipients’ passion for safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans, […]
November 25, 2019
What Beyoncé Can Teach Us About Race, Identity and Social Justice
In higher education, we talk a lot about diversity, but all too often students, faculty and staff can find themselves at a loss, and ill-equipped to talk openly, constructively and authentically about issues of culture, privilege, power, gender and race.
July 11, 2019
Modern Day Heroes: A Celebration
As Juneteenth approaches, it is important to extend our celebrations beyond the accomplishments of the past. Many of us have been inspired by the giants of the past – Dr. Martin Luther King, Dr. W.E.B Du Bois, Malcolm X and others. Driven by a sense of duty to their communities, they were willing to dedicate themselves to the traditions of social justice. By preparing themselves with a quality education they were able to understand the foundational reasons leading to social and economic despair. It was James Baldwin who helped many of us understand that poverty and social inequities stem from America’s original sin — racism; and, at its root, according to Baldwin – and others – is the 400 year legacy of slavery and a less than honest attempt to understand that legacy.
May 23, 2019
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