Category Archives: Education

After Leaving UNCF, Labor Union Goes With Thurgood Marshall College Fund

One of the largest labor unions in the country has decided to partner with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to provide scholarships and other educational opportunities to students, after severing its ties with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) over its decision to accept money from the controversial Koch brothers. In a letter sent to [...]

8 Facts About Hispanic And Black Colleges And Universities

8 Latinos and African Americans are about a third of the U.S. population and growing, but their college completion numbers are lower than other groups. In looking at ways to improve Hispanic and black college attendance and completion, Excelencia in Education and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) just released a report on Hispanic-Serving Institutions [...]

Diversity in STEM: What It Is and Why It Matters

Innovations resulting from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields have positively touched nearly every aspect of human life. Scientific innovations do no arise on their own; each is brought forth through the hard work and ingenuity of scientists. Therefore, the quality of the scientific research enterprise, and its ability to meet the needs of, [...]

Miami-Dade black leaders: School contracts short-change minority firms

Black-owned businesses want a fair shot at landing contracts with the Miami-Dade County school district as it rolls out a $1.2 billion bond program. On Wednesday, community leaders called for bond spending to stop until issues with minority contracting can be worked out. “This is about institutional racism and systemic racism,” said Ron Frazier, CEO [...]

Texas textbooks complain about taxes, downplay segregation

“In the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. taxes are ‘what we pay for civilized society.’ Society does not appear to be much more civilized today than it was when Justice Holmes made that observation in 1927. However, ‘what we pay’ has certainly gone up.” That’s not a quote from a tea party manifesto. It’s [...]

Black colleges deserve a spot in the green schools rankings

The Cool Schools of 2014 list in this month’s issue of Sierra magazine ranks the institutions of higher learning with the greenest policies and practices. There are 173 schools on the list. Not one of them is a historically black college or university (HBCU). Princeton does the Sierra Club one better, literally: Of the 332 [...]

Why America Still Needs Historically Black Colleges

At the beginning of her 1997 book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the School Cafeteria?, psychology professor Beverly Tatum recalls an encounter with a white student who was surprised that Tatum was teaching a course on racism. “Oh,” the student said, “is there still racism?” Tatum has spent much of her [...]

For HBCUs, Investing in Education Abroad a Key to Marketplace Success

The numbers show how under-represented students of color are when it comes to international experiences, but how can its increase also be connected to improving marketplace success? Since 2000 according to the Institute of International Education, study abroad participation among U.S. college students has nearly tripled in the 2011-12 academic year, the latest available figures [...]

Now or never for young men of color

According to Bureau of Justice Statistics figures analyzed by the Sentencing Project, the number of people incarcerated in state and federal prisons reached 1,483,900 in 2012. In addition, there were 744,500 people in local jails, a total incarcerated population of 2.3 million. Twice as many — another 4,781,300 people — were on probation or parole [...]