February 26, 2016

Inequity in Higher Education: Campus Racial Tensions

Katie Causey, The Hatchet
The shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo., by a white officer in August 2014 drew attention to racial tensions in that city, and students demonstrated at colleges in nearby St. Louis. Across the country, as other racial conflicts erupted, the voices of minority students protesting inequities on campuses grew louder. Read The Chronicle's coverage of racial bias, protests, and attempts at solutions on campuses around the United States.


Paying lip service to complaints without acting on them risks arousing student anger.

Much remains unclear about how the new body will function. But the aim is to give a place at the political table to students who have felt disenfranchised by the university’s Student Senate.

A year after an infamous video, a former student leader nurtures diversity at the University of Oklahoma.

A state legislative committee will soon investigate what the University of Tennessee at Knoxville does with money earmarked for diversity. How can campus officials persuade lawmakers who appear to be unpersuadable?

Talking to student activists often tempers their outrage, and can make for progress on campus issues, say presidents who have been there.

Students on the flagship campus say they are used to feeling invisible at times, singled out at others. They are hardly alone.

The resignations of the system's and the flagship's top two officials represented a victory for student activists. But how will the university tackle the issues at the root of the protests?

Backlashes on some campuses and compromises on others have prompted some student activists to settle for less.

Four faculty members see much more than a teachable moment in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man and the violence that followed.

The University of Mississippi is striving to shift from its Confederate past. Many colleges want to do the same, but the task can be difficult.

Nearby colleges scramble to assure students that their campuses are safe. Elsewhere, students are protesting.

The hands-on attention that minority faculty members willingly provide to a diversifying population of students is an unheralded linchpin in helping them succeed.

Vague criteria may signal to some faculty members, especially women and minorities, that a promotion to the top is out of their reach.