Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Publication covering racial issues in higher education.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 24, January 8

A Golden Opportunity
With a spike in Black and Hispanic college enrollment, junior faculty have an unprecedented opportunity to mentor minority students to graduation and into faculty ranks.As a junior faculty member, Dr. John Youngblood faces a very different group of students...
A Golden Opportunity: With a Spike in Black and Hispanic College Enrollment, Junior Faculty Have an Unprecedented Opportunity to Mentor Minority Students to Graduation and into Faculty Ranks
As a junior faculty member, Dr. John Youngblood faces a very different group of students than the relatively few minority faculty members who preceded him. Youngblood, a Ph.D. graduate in communications from the University of Kentucky, is an assistant...
A Scholar of the People
As a broke graduate student, Dr. William Jelani Cobb wrote music reviews to earn extra cash. "I had this naive idea that no one from my academic life would ever read anything I wrote as a music reviewer. I ran into this really esteemed historian and...
Building a Bionic Woman
Most people would marvel at the 1970s television show The Bionic Woman" and just hope to emulate the technologically advanced heroine. Not a young Dr. Ayanna MacCalla Howard. "I said, 'I can build The Bionic Woman,'" she says with a laugh. But...
Building Academic Bridges
With a dual appointment in the African-American studies department and the Asian American studies program at Northwestern University, Dr. Nitasha Sharma is well positioned to produce scholarship that bridges the two disciplines. Sharma's forthcoming...
Diverse History in the Making
When Dr. Ned Blackhawk steps into the classroom, he never uses the term "discovery" when addressing the history of European contact with the indigenous peoples of this continent--and it's not because he feels the pressure to be politically correct....
Engaging in the 'Creative Act' of Science
Dr. Stephon Alexander is as intricate as the quantum theories he works to demystify. Seduced by two activities so utterly engaging there is no escaping their allure, Alexander fills blackboards with mathematical equations by day and satiates the musical...
Exploiting One's True Potential
Underachiever is not a term one would use to describe Dr. Carlos Rinaldi Ramos. Late in 2007, at 32, he was feted at the White House with the government's highest honor for young researchers: the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and...
Grants & Gifts
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE has received a $200,000 grant from State Farm Insurance to develop an arts program that would bring K-12 students from the San Fernando Valley to the CSUN campus.The Department of Journalism at COLUMBIA COLLEGE...
Most Laud Obama's Choice for Education Post
Arne Duncan's supporters praise his inner-city reforms, while others decry his lack of experience on higher education issues.Education secretary- designate Arne Duncan is drawing praise for his ability to bridge gaps between competing K- 12 factions,...
Most Laud Obama's Choice for Education Post: Arne Duncan's Supporters Praise His Inner-City Reforms, While Others Decry His Lack of Experience on Higher Education Issues
Education secretary-designate Arne Duncan is drawing praise for his ability to bridge gaps between competing K-12 factions, though his lack of experience in public higher education may require some on-the-job training, analysts say. President-elect...
Not Just Black and White
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As a teenager, Dr. Anne Cheng held in awe the novel Invisible Man. She considered its words "nothing short of beautiful." But as an adult, she realized the novel resonated with her for other reasons too. Author Ralph Ellison's...
Professor, Activist and 'Homegirl'
The most surprising finding by Dr. Frances Contreras in interviewing teachers, parents and students in eight school districts across Washington state is what little progress has been made in Hispanic educational attainment. "I've witnessed the same...
Professor, Activist and 'Homegirl'
The most surprising finding by Dr. Frances Contreras in interviewing teachers, parents and students in eight school districts across Washington state is what little progress has been made in Hispanic educational attainment."I've witnessed the same story...
Serving Up Relevant Scholarship
While in graduate school, a professor of Dr. Yohuru Williams' told him that his scholarship was his ticket to the classroom and that he had a responsibility to make it relevant and have value. It's something Williams never forgot. But Williams never...
Sharing the Knowledge
Between Enron and the Wall Street-induced credit crisis that has thrown the world economy in turmoil, business ethics and entrepreneurship professors like Dr. Laquita Blockson are in short supply. Blockson, who gave up a lucrative career in corporate...
'The Picture Perfect' Inventor
During high school and college internships, Dr. Tejal Desai shadowed doctors treating diabetic patients. Their treatment typically consisted of daily insulin shots along with pinpricks to draw blood for glucose monitoring. Their pain made Desai wonder,...
The Right Approach
Do the following words ring a bell. Someday, I'm going to come back to you and let you know how I am doing, or you're going to read about me." Many of us have had experiences during our developing years where someone--a relative, friend, teacher...