The director of Boston University's African Presidential Center has accused the university of having broad problems with racial discrimination, which he says is reflected in plans to close the center, which focuses on African studies, The Boston Globe reported. The university says that it is closing a number of centers that have failed to raise money, and that these centers are on a range of topics. But the director of the center denies having been given a fund-raising target.
The University of Northern Colorado announced Friday that it is resuming admissions into its Mexican-American studies program and a related program to train high school teachers to provide instruction in the field. The university suspended admissions to the programs in March, prompting numerous protests from Latino students and others who said that this area of study was crucial. Administrators questioned whether enough students were enrolling, but Friday's announcement said that the administration and relevant faculty members agreed on a plan to add courses and marketing efforts, and to consider expansion of the programs.
Posters have appeared around the University of Colorado at Boulder with racist quotes, but these posters are an effort to fight racism, CBS News reported. The idea is that people reading statements such as "Your mom must be the janitor 'cause that's the only job for dirty Mexicans" will be prompted to reflect on when they hear and how they respond to such language.
The Ph.D. Project, which works to diversify business school faculties, released a report Tuesday decrying the lack of diversity among business school deans. The report found that among the 1,601 business schools in the U.S., African-Americans are dean of just 33 -- or 2 percent. Hispanics account for just nine -- or 0.5 percent.
Widespread outrage followed two female researchers' comment on Twitter in which they shared a peer reviewer's response to their submission on a study of the path of male and female doctoral students to postdocs and later employment. The reviewer suggested that the researchers might improve their paper by adding one or two male co-authors. Reaction has been intense. Times Higher Education has identified the journal as PLOS ONE.
About 200 Emerson College students marched into a faculty meeting Tuesday to demand cultural sensitivity training for professors and more diversity-related courses for students, The Boston Globereported. The students ended up outnumbering faculty members at the meeting. Other students walked through campus buildings, chanting “education, not discrimination.” Lee Pelton, president of the college, praised the discussion that took place after students entered the faculty meeting. “It was an amazing moment, and it was a wonderful opportunity for growth,” he said.