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Next to complaints relating to law enforcement, the concern for schools and education generates the greatest demand for the attention of human relations commissions. Because school decision making is diffused between boards of education, school administrators, and faculties human rights commissions are usually not able to establish strong working relationships with the education community and special strategies need to be developed.

Outstanding resources and model programs are available that cover just about every facet of education that would be of concern to a commission. Commissions may form education committees to examine specific needs, identify resources and programs, and develop strategies.

‘Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?’

By | February 18th, 2019|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Leda Fisher didn’t waste any time getting to the point in her recent essay in The Dickinsonian. The title was”Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?”

“When you ask a question at a lecture, is it secretly just your opinion ending with the phrase ‘do you agree?'” asked Fisher, a senior at

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After Black Student Is Kept Out of Class Discussion, NYU School Acknowledges ‘Institutional Racism’

By | February 15th, 2019|Education, Intergroup Relations|

While traveling abroad this week, a black graduate student at New York University says he was told by a classmate that a class discussion was easier to facilitate without a “black presence” in the room. Now administrators at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work have acknowledged that it has a problem with “ongoing institutional racism,”

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Nearly Half of Undergraduates Are Students of Color. But Black Students Lag Behind.

By | February 14th, 2019|Education, Intergroup Relations|

The key data points in the American Council on Education’s new report on race and ethnicity in higher education come as no surprise: College-student populations are growing more diverse, yet achievement gaps persist among different racial groups.

Still, the poor outcomes for black students in particular are glaring.

All students of color now make up more than

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See Hate Speech, Leave It Up

By | February 11th, 2019|Education, Hate Crimes|

In 2017, student name tags on University of Michigan dormitory doors were vandalized with a racial slur. Black students said then they were being targeted. The incident restarted a vociferous debate on campus prejudices.

If this incident happened today, though, resident assistants and other housing staffers wouldn’t be able to take down the

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Lawyers on Race-Conscious Admissions: ‘This is Doable. But Also, Do it Right.’

By | February 1st, 2019|Education, Intergroup Relations|

If part of the intent of the recent affirmative-action lawsuits brought against universities was to send a chill through admissions offices, it doesn’t seem to be working. Most of the discussion at a conference here this week on race and admissions was about how to do a better job bringing underrepresented minority students to campuses,

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Underrepresented Students, Unintended Consequences

By | January 28th, 2019|Education|

For the last five years, efforts to assess and “shame” selective colleges based on their enrollment of low-income students have worked — perhaps too well, two top economists of higher education assert in a new paper.

The study, a version of which was published late last week in Education Next, was conducted by

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AN UNUSUAL NEW PROGRAM SEEKS TO CUT URBAN CRIME BY PUSHING GANG MEMBERS INTO COLLEGE

By | January 23rd, 2019|Conflict Resolution, Education, Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

When Matt Johnson’s girlfriend was killed in gang crossfire in 2014, leaving him a single father to a three-year-old girl, he knew it was time to do something different with his life.

Johnson, who grew up surrounded by drugs and violence in Boston’s South End neighborhood, had been getting into trouble since he was a kid.

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HOW HIGHER EDUCATION IS EVOLVING ITS THINKING AROUND CONTROVERSIAL CAMPUS SPEAKERS

By | January 17th, 2019|Education, Intergroup Relations|

The last few years have been explosive ones for American colleges and universities. Student protests over controversial speakers and events—the most extreme example involving white supremacists terrorizing the University of Virginia—seem to have become a standard part of the undergraduate experience. Not since the 1970s has activism been so visible and, as

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WHY RACIAL ECONOMIC DISPARITY KEEPS GROWING IN THE U.S.

By | January 16th, 2019|Education, Intergroup Relations|

As cities across the country gear up for celebrations around the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., a new report offers a sobering reminder that there’s still much work to be done in America on the civil rights front.

The report, released by the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive

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‘It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way.’ Why Some Boys Can Keep Up With Girls in School.

By | January 15th, 2019|Education|

Over all, girls outperform boys in school. It starts as early as kindergarten. By the time students reach college, women graduate at a higher rate than men.

But there’s an exception. Asian-American boys match the grades of Asian-American girls in elementary school, a new study has

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