Category Archives: Education

The Hypocrisy of Revitalization: Universities in Black Communities

My stint with higher education began at a massive public institution—the University of Illinois—where I joined a black population that comprised just 5.8 percent of the 40,000-member student body. That percentage fell dramatically over the course of my four years there. U of I was no bastion of cultural sensitivity, but my peers gave little […]

How School Suspensions Disproportionately Target Black Girls

Last year, 12-year-old Mikia Hutchings was suspended from school. She spent her summer on probation, completed 16 hours of community service and faced potential criminal charges — all for writing graffiti on the walls of a middle school bathroom. Although a $100 restitution fee would have kept the young black girl from the slew of […]

For Cosby and HBCUs, It’s a Different World

Spelman College today announced that a $20 million endowed professorship, given to the school more than 20 years ago by Bill and Camille Cosby, has been indefinitely suspended. The reason – the growing number of allegations of rape and sexual assault against Cosby, and the tightening tension between himself and the dozens of colleges and […]

Historically Black Colleges and Universities are a strategic investment

Education is being called by many the civil rights issue of today. “We are a country lurching backwards on the issue of education,”said Freedom Summer organizer Bob Moses, who is known for leading the historic voter registration drive in Mississippi in the 1960s. Indeed, African-Americans still face huge challenges in terms of accessing and receiving […]

Schools’ Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue

To hear Mikia Hutchings speak, one must lean in close, as her voice barely rises above a whisper. In report cards, her teachers describe her as “very focused,” someone who follows the rules and stays on task. So it was a surprise for her grandmother when Mikia, 12, and a friend got into trouble for […]

President Obama Announces Over $1 Billion in Early Education Investments through Invest in US

At the White House Summit on Early Education on Wednesday, President Barack Obama called on business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials and members of the public to invest in the expansion of early childhood opportunities for children across the country through Invest in US, a public awareness campaign launched in partnership with the First Five […]

UNCF Partners With New Film SELMA To Support Minority Education

The :30 television spot, created pro bono by Paramount Pictures, will air on television stations in donated media around the country starting this week. The PSAs are an extension of UNCF and Ad Council’s Better Futures campaign which aims to help African American students get to and through college by demonstrating how an investment in […]

The President and First Lady’s Call to Action on College Opportunity

Today, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the First Lady will join college presidents and other education leaders from around the nation at the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action, where organizations will announce over 600 new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.  Today’s participants were challenged to […]

Black and Not Feeling Welcome

What’s it like to be a faculty member of color at a predominantly white institution? Two essays this week by Vassar professors paint complex pictures of achievement, disappointment, pride and outrage. The pieces have captured lots of attention on social media, as well as from Vassar’s administration. Many say the professors’ experiences speak to faculty […]