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Colorblindness in Education

September 1, 2015

In an Education Week article, French and Simmons discuss the reluctance of teachers and staff in public schools to explicitly discuss race. Though these teachers have good intentions, French and Simmons argue that a colorblind approach allows students of color to become “invisible” in the classroom.

“Research suggests that using curriculum and instruction that is explicit about race and the impact of racism in schools and society promotes school cultures in which students of color feel more of a sense of belonging and empowerment.”

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Young Black Doctors Beat the Odds

August 7, 2015

 Autumn A. Arnett of Diverse magazine tells the story of four young men from Newark, New Jersey who made a pact to overcome their environment and become doctors. In this article, these young doctors discuss professional bias, recruitment efforts, and medical school.

“The gravity of what it means to be Black and male—and, for three of the young men, first-generation Americans—and achieve on the levels they achieved is not lost on the White Coat brothers.”

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Diversity Efforts in Engineering

August 7, 2015

An article by the University of New Mexico Newsroom reports that more than 100 engineering deans in the United States have signed the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Deans’ Council Diversity Initiative letter. The ASEE intiative focuses providing more opportunities for women and underrepresented groups to pursue careers in engineering.

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Increasing Latino Enrollment & Graduation

July 24, 2015

A Junior College in Santa Rosa, California is launching a new initiative to help Latino students enroll in and graduate from four-year institutions. Juan Arias, project director for META4 said:

“Getting them in school is not enough. The journey through college, completing a degree, is very difficult.”

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Why “People of Color”?

July 24, 2015

The language used to describe minorities in the United States has evolved over time. A rising trend is the use of the phrase “people of color” instead of “minorities”. This article explains that the ultimate goal is inclusivity. “People of color” unites all racial and ethnic minorities. The article states:

“Changes in the words and phrases we use to describe each other reflect whatever progress we make on the path toward a world where everyone feels respected and included.”

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The Excelling Men of New York

July 24, 2015

Fatima Scipio of the Huffington Post describes her encounters with high-achieving young men in New York schools. Local community organizations in the Tri-State area work to empower young men of color with positive messages of success. Their mission is to provide mentorship and leadership for boys in urban settings. Scipio states:

“There are many well-educated young men who have hopes, dreams and are seeing record achievement that typically go unnoticed in mainstream media.”

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