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Collaboration Aims to Produce Latino Humanities Professors

A group of research universities will work with three Hispanic-serving universities on a project aimed at increasing the number of Latino professors in humanities fields, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and led by the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

The collaboration, announced by the Penn center Thursday, aims to prepare 90 students from Florida International University, the University of Texas at El Paso and California State University Northridge to enter doctoral programs at one of five predominantly white universities within five years. The universities are: New York and Northwestern Universities, the Universities of California at Berkeley and at Davis, and Penn.

Mellon will provide $5.1 million for the program, Pathways to the Professoriate.

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Ex-Missouri President Lashes Out in Confidential Email

Two months after his ouster as president of the University of Missouri System amid protests over race, Timothy Wolfe has told his side of the story in a confidential email to a group of supporters, which was obtained by The Columbia Missourian.

In an email to a group called the Missouri 100, Wolfe accused the former chancellor of Missouri's Columbia campus, R. Bowen Loftin, of stirring up controversy to try to protect his own job, and criticized the football team’s decision to go on strike. He also urged supporters to "pick up the phone" or email members of the university's governing board to urge them to provide Wolfe with more compensation in his resignation agreement, so he can "continue to play a significant positive role in the future."

Indigenous professor denied tenure claims narrow focus on peer-reviewed publications is discriminatory

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A professor of indigenous ancestry who lost a tenure bid due to a lack of peer-reviewed publications is claiming the university was biased in discounting her "nontraditional" scholarship.

Editor discusses new book about the history of African-American engineers

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Editor discusses new book about the history of and outlook for African-American engineers.

Wisconsin President Criticized for Meeting Students

An influential Republican state senator has criticized Ray Cross, president of the University of Wisconsin System, for meeting with student leaders last week to talk about how to improve the climate for minority students, The Wisconsin State Journal reported. Steve Nass, vice chairman of the Senate University and Technical Colleges Committee, issued a press release in which he said Cross shouldn't have held the meeting. "President Cross needs to stop wasting time appeasing the political correctness crowd demanding safe spaces, safe words, universal apologies for hurt feelings and speech/thought police," Nass said in a press release he issued.

A university system spokesman declined to comment on the statement.

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Ed Dept. Pledges Transparency on Title IX Exemptions

The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has pledged to make it easier for prospective students to find out if colleges they may want to attend have applied for or received exemptions to parts of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Under the law, religious colleges may receive exemptions to provisions that conflict with the teachings of their various faiths. In the last two years, many such colleges have sought and received exemptions that apply to gay, lesbian and transgender students. Many of these colleges bar those in same-sex relationships or who are transgender from being either students or employees. The Education Department has responded to requests for names of the colleges receiving exemptions, but some groups and some lawmakers have said the department should go further and make sure this information is public.

In a letter this week to senators who have raised the issue, Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights, said OCR would do so. She said the department will soon start posting all requests and responses for exemptions with a tool for people to search the documents. She said she agreed that this information should be available, consistent with her push for more transparency on the agency's work.

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The difficulties of being a minority in higher ed grow when one forces relationships (essay)

Being a minority of any kind in academe can be difficult, writes Manya Whitaker. But you can be much happier if you don't force relationships with people whom you are not naturally inclined to befriend.

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What colleges can do to measure and promote students' well-being

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Colleges should track the well-being of students, including how specific groups are faring, according to panelists at the Association of American Colleges and Universities' annual meeting.

How to follow up with underrepresented faculty who decide to leave your institution (essay)

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If you want to know why underrepresented faculty members decide to leave your department, ask them, advises Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

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First Chair in Transgender Studies

The University of Victoria, in Canada, has announced the establishment of what it says is the world's first endowed chair in transgender studies. The chair is being created by the Tawani Foundation with a $1 million (U.S.) grant. The foundation has pledged another $1 million to match gifts for the chair. Aaron Devor, the first to hold the chair, is a professor of sociology and former dean at Victoria.

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