Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Diverse @ 30

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Diverse @ 30

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For many of us, the summer break ended too quickly. Days filled with soaking up the sun on the beach, eating exotic foods and seeing old relics will be traded for artificially lit lecture halls, dining hall fare and hours of toil in front of computer screens. Alas, it's back to school.

Yet this school year will be anything but ordinary for us at Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. Since 1984, we have been your go-to source for news, analysis and commentary on the hottest diversity stories of the day, and we would like you to join us in our year-long 30th Anniversary celebration, which will officially kick off with a special Jan. 2, 2014 edition featuring our 2014 Emerging Scholars, as well as a look at some of our most accomplished Emerging Scholars of years past. Our deadline for nominations is Friday, Sep. 20, 2013. Please email me nominee CVs and a paragraph explaining why your under-40 scholar nominees stand out among peers at Editor@ DiverseEducation.com.

As I reflected on our 30 years of existence, I decided to thumb through the very first edition of Black Issues In Higher Education, the predecessor to Diverse. It is interesting to note, though not terribly surprising, that many of the headlines in that March 1984 edition are strikingly similar to headlines we have recently written.

For example, the 1984 BIHE headline, "Minority Higher Education Gains Slipping in the 1980s, Study Finds," is in the same vein as a headline we ran earlier this month on our website, which reads, "New Initiative Sets Sights on Disparity Gap in Education." Then and now, we have been chronicling the mixed success of efforts to close the achievement gap.

When I read the 1984 headline, "OFCCP Study Supports Value of Affirmative Action" and its subhead, "Findings at odds with the Civil Rights Commission Study," I couldn't help but think of the headline for the cover story of our July 18, 2013 edition, "Following Fisher" with its subhead, "Higher ed community assesses what's next for affirmative action in wake of Supreme Court's decision to send Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin back to lower court." Then and now, we are still debating the value and purpose of affirmative action.

On the back page of our first edition is a Washington Post column by the late William Raspberry, titled "Saving a Black University," which chronicles efforts by the late Dr. James E. Cheek, then president of Howard University, to fundraise for cash-strapped Fisk University. …

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