Is Protesting a Privilege?

By | December 6th, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Campus protests advocating for diversity occur more frequently at elite colleges, a study suggests.

Since her days as a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University, Dominique J. Baker says, she had wondered, “Why do certain universities have protests and others don’t?”

That curiosity led Ms. Baker and a colleague to study differences in protests among higher-education institutions…

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umina Foundation to Award $2.5 Million in Grants for “Addressing Hate”

By | December 6th, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Violence and racial chaos in Charlottesville earlier this year sparked a call to action for one philanthropic foundation dedicated to making post-secondary education accessible to all.

Mobilized to back words with action, Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, announced Tuesday that the foundation will award $2.5 million in grants for community-building programs and

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Justices Sharply Divided in Wedding Cake Case

By | December 5th, 2017|Intergroup Relations, LGBT|

WASHINGTON — Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who almost certainly holds the crucial vote in the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, sent sharply contradictory messages when it was argued Tuesday at the Supreme Court.

He asked a lawyer

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US charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation

By | December 5th, 2017|Education|

Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds — an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools.

National enrollment data shows that charters are vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation. As of school

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Revealing Themselves on Campus

By | December 5th, 2017|Education, Extremism, Intergroup Relations|

While it’s unsurprising now when racist, homophobic or anti-Semitic posters crop up on college campuses, a rarer event is the white nationalist culprits sticking around to pose for photos.

But such is the case at Southern Methodist University, where police are currently investigating banners and posters espousing white supremacy that

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Number of DACA Applications Stuck in the Mail Tops 900

By | December 1st, 2017|Immigration|

More than 900 young immigrants applying for a renewal of temporary work permits had their applications rejected because of mail problems, a number far greater than immigration lawyers had thought earlier this month.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services acknowledged the significant impact on Thursday, as it

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Police Failed on Many Fronts at Charlottesville Rally, Review Finds

By | December 1st, 2017|Hate Crimes, Police & Community|

The police badly mishandled white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Va., in August, by failing to coordinate among agencies, give officers the gear they needed or keep protesters and counterprotesters separate, a former federal prosecutor reported on Friday.

In a report more than 200 pages long, Timothy

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Why the U. of Maryland Is Hiring a ‘Hate-Bias Response Coordinator’

By | November 29th, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Officials at the University of Maryland at College Park say their decision to hire a full-time “hate-bias response coordinator” reflects that a new normal has taken hold in higher education, one in which white supremacists and other hate groups are targeting campuses more than ever before.

Maryland announced the new position on Monday as part

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Kevin Durant on race: ‘If I wasn’t a basketball player, what kind of man would they look at me as?’

By | November 28th, 2017|Intergroup Relations|

“Stay Black”

For Durant, the two-word phrase acts not only as a reminder of his identity but a manifesto of the spiritual journey the 10-year veteran has embarked upon over the last year and a half….

Read more in the San Jose Mercury News.

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Op-Ed: Father Greg Boyle: How to bridge the gap between ‘us’ and ‘them’

By | November 28th, 2017|Intergroup Relations|

America has rarely seen more division, polarization and disunion than at this moment. And yet our best selves long for connection. Deep down, we know that separation is an illusion, that there is no us and them, just us. We want to remember that we belong to each other, no matter how we voted a

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