Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Race Initiative Targets Higher Education

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Race Initiative Targets Higher Education

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President Bill Clinton's Initiative on Race stepped up its involvement with colleges and universities on several fronts during April.

About 600 colleges and universities pledged to conduct activities during the month to identify and discuss racial issues and work on service projects that limit racial divisions. Activities included a forum at Howard University carried on CSPAN, plus other activities at historically Black colleges and universities and traditionally White ones.

"We wanted as many HBCUs as possible to hold events," said an administration spokesman.

The initiative is asking colleges to catalogue information on effective programs for possible inclusion in its final report due later this year.

But the president's initiative also wants a more permanent partnership in place to address racial issues at colleges and universities one that could work on diversity, affirmative action, and other issues. In recent weeks, White House staffers have asked college presidents and leading associations to create a coalition that would promote access and diversity within higher education. …

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