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Leadership & Policy
From DEI to JEDI
Is the acronym Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) outdated? After a summer of uprisings for racial justice during a global pandemic, we felt this era required us to lead with Justice and so we renamed our office at the MGH Institute of Health Professions from JEDI, transitioning from DEI, to reflect our paradigm shift in 2020.
April 9, 2021
If the Storm Keeps Raging
“Though the storms keep on raging in my life; And sometimes it’s hard to tell the night from day ….” These opening lines to the powerful track “My Soul Is Anchored” by Douglas Miller are an apt description of the year that has been 2020. Some have suggested that this year has had way more […]
September 17, 2020
New Report Explores Recruitment and Retention for Academic Couples of Color
For his dissertation, Dr. Daniel Blake originally planned to focus on interventions for first-generation students and students of color. But when his fiancé started applying to Ph.D. programs, he found himself on a personal research mission, looking for whatever data he could find on the recruitment and retention of academic couples of color.
August 11, 2020
10 Concrete Policy Changes PWIs Can Enact to Show Black Lives Matter
As senior leaders prepare for the fall semester, I would like to provide 10 concrete policies and practices that could positively impact the institutional climates for their Black populations.
June 25, 2020
This Coach Wants the NCAA to Make Election Day a Mandatory Day Off for Athletes
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) should make Election Day a mandatory day off for college athletes, said Georgia Institute of Technology assistant basketball coach Eric Reveno, reported CNN. Reveno’s movement, titled #AllVoteNoPlay, has won the approval of many other coaches and athletes at both the college and professional level, who say the NCAA must […]
June 12, 2020
No Justice, No Peace: How to Come to Terms with Your Own Anti-Blackness
Handcuffed, forcefully pinned down on the asphalt, backed by the heavy weight of a body, knee pressed up against the neck, slowly depriving him of life–George Floyd–gasped for air. Uttering what would become some of his last words, “I can’t move…mama…mama…I can’t breathe.” Floyd was murdered that day at the hands of a white police officer while three others watched. As a nation we witnessed the premature death of yet another Black man at the hands of police.
June 11, 2020
A Battle for the Soul of Our Nation
Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a long way from Brunswick, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky. Yet the three areas are now inextricably linked by the recent tragedies that befell African- American citizens – murdered in those locations by citizen vigilantes or police officers. Each illuminates a teachable moment that we would do well to learn from, and demonstrates that even during a historic pandemic, when we are all supposedly “in this together,” that we still have a long way to go as a society before we truly reach “togetherness.”
June 4, 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
Maryland Expands Definition of Hate Crime In Honor of Slain Black Student
The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill Monday that would expand the definition of what a hate crime is, ultimately making it easier to convict someone accused of one, reports The Diamondback. Currently, the law reads that a person cannot commit a crime “because of another person’s or group’s race, color, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, […]
March 18, 2020
You Know Cesar Chavez—How About Larry Itliong?
I call Larry Itliong a classic H.O., as in “historical omission.”If you talk about the farm labor movement in California and don’t mention Itliong, you have a hole in your soul.
October 21, 2019
Leadership & Policy
Report: HBCUs Produce More Upwardly Mobile Graduates than PWIs
A new report presents data indicating that more students experience upward economic mobility at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) than at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs).
October 1, 2019
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