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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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Gay and lesbian presidents report more acceptance than ever in months after gay marriage legalization

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Gay and lesbian presidents report more acceptance than ever with the legalization of gay marriage.

Is Trump a Good Speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Liberty University has hosted multiple presidential candidates and was praised for inviting Bernie Sanders, whose views on various issues differ from those supported by many at the university. But now some students are criticizing Liberty for inviting the leading Republican candidate in many polls, Donald Trump. The criticism is not about inviting Trump, but about scheduling him for Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some students are planning a protest.

Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty, told The Richmond Times-Dispatch that the timing was intentional. Noting that King urged that people be judged not by skin color, but by the content of their character, Falwell said, “Liberty stands for that principle and I believe that Mr. Trump does as well.”

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Ithaca College president, under steady fire, will retire, but not for 18 months

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Facing third of trifecta of no-confidence votes, Ithaca College's embattled Tom Rochon plans to retire -- but not for another 18 months.

Studies explore how black students 'respond to and resist' stereotypes

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A new study examines how black male students turn to campus leadership roles to combat stereotypes. A recent paper warns of a looming mental health crisis for resilient black students.

How to retain a diverse faculty (essay)

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Recruiting underrepresented faculty without fixing retention problems creates a revolving door, not long-term change, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

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VP Quits After Missouri State Finds No Bias Against Him

A black vice president has resigned his position at Missouri State University less than a week after a university investigation found no validity to charges made by his supporters that he was being mistreated. Supporters of Kenneth D. Coopwood Sr., vice president of diversity and inclusion, have argued in a petition and elsewhere that he and his office receive inadequate support, especially compared to divisions led by white people. On Thursday, the university announced that an investigation found no evidence to back these charges.

On Monday, Coopwood announced he was leaving. The university released this statement from him: "I agreed to the investigation and actively participated in it. I think that the investigative team took the matter seriously and conducted a thorough investigation. While I accept the investigation and its findings, I have decided it would be best for me to pursue other professional opportunities."

Kent State to Pay $145,000 in Fair Housing Settlement

Kent State University has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department in a 2014 fair-housing suit alleging the university violated federal law by denying a student's request to keep her “emotional service animal” -- in this case, a dog -- in student housing, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

Per the agreement, which awaits a judge's approval, Kent State would allow assistance animals in student housing, pay $100,000 to the student, Jacqueline Luke, and her husband, and also pay a further $30,000 to the Fair Housing Advocates Association and $15,000 to the federal government.

In the agreement, however, Kent State also denies any violation of the Fair Housing Act and maintains “that at all times, they operated university housing at Kent State in compliance with all applicable statutes and regulations that prohibit discrimination.”

The settlement, or “consent decree,” can be read in its entirety here.

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MLA Condemns Bias Against Those Who Teach About Islam

The Modern Language Association's Executive Council has issued a statement criticizing growing anti-Muslim bias as well as bias against those who teach about Islam. The statement says: "After the terrible shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, we have witnessed a sharp rise in Islamophobia, the intense hatred and fear of Islam and those identifying with the religion and its culture. This includes, but is not restricted to, targeting Arabs and Arab-Americans. In the United States there has been an upsurge in attacks upon and censorship and harassment of those who, as part of their scholarly work, teach about Islam. The MLA condemns any and all violations of free speech and academic freedom, including those based on race, religious affiliation and ethnicity. We especially deplore the firings and intimidation of those teachers who aid in our understanding of Islam."

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