Category Archives: Diversity


Trump Administration Taps New Leader for Black-College Initiative

Johnathan Holifield, a consultant and former NFL player, has been appointed executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges, the White House announced at the opening ceremony of the annual black-college summit on Monday. News of Mr. Holifield’s appointment was first reported on Saturday by HBCU Digest.

Mr. Holifield will start on October 2, and his office will be housed in the White House, alongside a deputy director and an assistant, a Trump-administration offici…


UVa President Says Protesters Who Shrouded Jefferson Statue ‘Desecrated’ Campus

Students, faculty members, and others at the University of Virginia on Tuesday night shrouded the campus’s prominent statue of Thomas Jefferson with black fabric. The protest occurred on the one-month anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., and was intended to criticize the “perceived inaction” of the university’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan, on the night of August 11, when white supremacists surrounded students who had gathered to protest their presence on the camp…


DACA Student Says She Was Harassed by Classmate Over Immigration Status

Updated (9/13/2017, 4:40 p.m.) with the news that the accused student is no longer enrolled.

A student at Transylvania University, in Kentucky, has accused the university of failing to act after what she alleges was a stream of online harassment brought on by a classmate posting about her immigration status.

In a video on the website of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Paola Garcia says a classmate posted identifying information about her on a “racial hatred page” that said, “Everyone go repor…


UC-Irvine Reinstates Admissions Offers to Hundreds of Students

The University of California at Irvine announced on Wednesday that it was reversing a decision to rescind admissions offers to hundreds of students it had already accepted.

“Effective immediately, all students who received provisional acceptances into UCI will be fully admitted, except those whose transcripts clearly indicate that they did not meet our academic standards,” said an apologetic statement from Irvine’s chancellor, Howard A. Gillman.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the university…


Hateful Fliers Appear at U. of Texas Following Fatal Stabbing

A day after a stabbing attack at the University of Texas at Austin left one student dead and three others injured, students returned to classes to find racist fliers posted around the campus.

The Houston Chronicle reported that a student, Kim Nguyen, spoke out against the fliers on Facebook.

“This is not okay. I don’t know who you are, but by doing this, you’re only spreading more fear and hate and deepening the racism that already exists in our society,” her post said.

The posters featured a ra…


Black Professors at Kentucky State Vote No Confidence in Faculty Senate’s President

Updated (4/7/2017, 2:31 p.m.) with comment from the president of the Faculty Caucus of Color.

Members of the Faculty Caucus of Color at Kentucky State University have voted to express the “highest confidence” in Karen Bearden, chairwoman of the Board of Regents, but no confidence in Kimberly Sipes, president of the Faculty Senate.

Last month the Faculty Senate at the historically black university, in Frankfort, Ky., voted no confidence in Ms. Bearden following a rocky presidential search. Black …


White Supremacists Target College Campuses With Unprecedented Effort

White supremacists have held minor campaigns on college campuses in the past, but an unprecedented amount of hate-group propaganda and a rebranding of white supremacy as “alt-right” have been especially geared to recruit and provoke college students in recent months.

A recent report by the Anti-Defamation League cited at least 107 incidents of white-supremacist propaganda on college campuses since the beginning of the academic year, in September, at least 65 of which have occurred since January….


Yale Will Rename Calhoun College for Adm. Grace Hopper

Ten months ago, Yale University officials declined to rename the residential college named for John C. Calhoun, a 19th-century Yale graduate who became a U.S. senator from South Carolina, vice president, and a prominent defender of slavery. But on Saturday, in a reversal, the university announced that the college will be renamed for Grace Murray Hopper, a renowned computer scientist and Navy admiral who received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Yale in the 1930s.

The decision was made Friday b…


UNLV Instructor Apologizes for Saying He Would Report Undocumented Students

A part-time mathematics instructor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas has apologized for saying on Facebook that he would report students to immigration authorities if they were in the country illegally, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

In his statement, the instructor, George Buch, said that his comments were “intended to be a joke although clearly a poor one” and that he would never create an atmosphere of hate or intolerance in his classroom.

The comments were made on Facebook in …


Muslim Students Are Reportedly Attacked on Campuses in Wake of Election

A Muslim woman at San Jose State University was knocked to the ground on Tuesday after someone approached her from behind and attempted to yank off her hijab with enough force to choke her and make her lose her balance, according to the NBC affiliate KNTV.

Since then, reports have emerged of at least three other Muslim students being assaulted on or near colleges campuses on Wednesday, following the news that Donald J. Trump had won the U.S. presidential election.

A student at the University of …