Category Archives: Diversity


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 …


U. of Oregon Censures Professor Who Attended Halloween Party in Blackface

A University of Oregon law professor is under investigation by the university after wearing blackface to an off-campus Halloween party last week, The Oregonian reports.

The university’s president, Michael H. Schill, released a written statement on Tuesday night condemning “the use of blackface, even in jest at a Halloween party,” as an offensive and “stupid” act. The unnamed faculty member has apologized, according to the statement, but the case is being turned over to the university’s Office …


U. of Alabama Student Is ‘Removed From Campus’ After Racist Threat

A student was “suspended and removed from campus” on Wednesday by the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa after he sent another student messages threatening his life and using racial slurs, according to a statement released by the university.

The recipient of the messages, one of which said, “I’ll kill you nigger don’t speak to me wrong,” captured images of them and shared them on Twitter, where he tagged the University of Alabama.

In an initial statement, the university said it “valued the fr…


ACC Moves Some Championships Out of North Carolina

The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving all of its championship games scheduled to be played at neutral locations out of North Carolina.

In a news release on Wednesday the ACC said that the state’s House Bill 2, which requires that people use public bathrooms that correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificates, contradicts its values of nondiscrimination. The legislation was enacted into law in March.

The ACC, which is based in Greensboro, N.C., released its decision two days afte…