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Boston U Criticized for Closing African Studies Center

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.

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Northern Colorado Resumes Mexican-American Studies

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.

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U of Colorado's New Strategy to Fight Racism

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.

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Study Finds Few Minority Deans at Business Schools

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.

 

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Essay on how faculty members can keep focused amid so much disturbing news

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Kerry Ann Rockquemore offers advice for faculty members feeling exhausted by racial battle fatigue.

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Smith College will accept transgender applicants who identify as women

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Smith College will now accept transgender applicants who identify as women. Will other women's colleges follow?

Author discusses her new book on the role of Indian mascots of college teams

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Author discusses her new book on the role and long-term impact of Native American mascots of college teams.

Anger at Peer Reviewer's Advice to Female Researchers

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.

 

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Emerson Students Protest to Demand Diversity Classes

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 Globe reported. 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.

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'American Sniper' Will Be Screened at U of Maryland

After a student organization at the University of Maryland at College Park called off a screening of the film American Sniper, two other student groups have decided to show the movie instead. The College Republicans and College Democrats at Maryland announced Tuesday that they will screen American Sniper on Monday and moderate a panel discussion following the film.

American Sniper was originally scheduled to be shown at a screening organized by Maryland's Student Entertainment Events, a student group that arranges for films, comedians and musicians to come to campus. After receiving a petition from the university's Muslim Student Association and meeting with concerned students -- who argued that the film fuels "anti-Arab and anti-Islamic sentiments" and "helps to proliferate the marginalization of multiple groups and communities" -- the group decided to put off the screening until at least next semester. The decision prompted widespread outrage and media coverage as several other colleges have faced similar protests over screenings of the film.

In a statement Tuesday, Wallace Loh, Maryland's president, praised the College Republicans and College Democrats for organizing the new screening, but condemned the "venomous, racist and hateful messages" directed at the Muslim Student Association over the last week. He also criticized Maryland politicians and national news organizations that continue to mischaracterize the decision as being made by the university, not a student group.

"MSA members were right to speak up for what they believe in," Loh said. "They deserve our admiration, not the scorn and vitriol they got on Facebook. I also applaud the student leaders of SEE for listening to the concerns of their fellow students. Their decision to reschedule the screening so a constructive dialogue could be held marks the exercise of free speech and a sensitivity to campus values of respect and inclusion. I am proud of our College Republicans and College Democrats for working together on the screening and panel discussion of American Sniper. Working together, despite differences in philosophy and doctrine, is a laudable example for us all."

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