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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.

Black Activists Need Not Apply

By | September 6th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

College admissions leaders say — over and over again — that they want to recruit minority students. But a new study suggests that when it comes to black students, admissions officers may be more likely to encourage those who aren’t involved in black activism.

The study was just published in the journal Sociology of Race and

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Asian-American Students Suing Harvard Over Affirmative Action Win Justice Dept. Support

By | August 31st, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department lent its support on Thursday to students who are suing Harvard University over affirmative action policies that they claim discriminate against Asian-American applicants, in a case that could have far-reaching consequences in college admissions.

In a so-called statement of interest, the department supported the claims of the plaintiffs, a group of

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Steve James on Observing the Racial Inequities at a Progressive School

By | August 27th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

During the 2015-16 school year, Steve James, the documentarian behind “Hoop Dreams” and “Life Itself,” and his team of filmmakers observed students, families and staff members at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. The community has a rich history when it comes to race; Oak Park’s

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States Attempt Closing Racial Gaps to Improve Graduation

By | August 21st, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

More than 40 states have set goals to increase the number of adults who have a college degree or high-quality professional credential within the next few years. But far fewer states have set goals and created policies to close racial equity gaps in pursuit of higher college graduation rates.
Some states, such as Indiana, that did

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What will happen to DACA? Federal court cases could lead to an answer.

By | August 20th, 2018|Education|

Nearly a year after the Trump administration tried to kill an Obama-era program shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation, dueling lawsuits will probably determine the fate of hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to the country as children.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates ruled that the Trump administration does not have

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The ‘discipline gap’ for blacks in California schools remains as wide as ever

By | August 15th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Between 2011 and 2017, out-of-school suspensions in California fell 46 percent, and the rate of suspensions dropped by more than a third.

That students are suspended less frequently is welcome news for civil rights advocates who’ve long been concerned about the fact that certain groups — black students, foster youth, and students with disabilities, in particular

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Diversity Officers Grapple with Efforts to Professionalize Role

By | August 8th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Concerns about the legitimacy of the institutional chief diversity officer (CDO) have frequently prompted conversations about the need to professionalize the role. As recently as this year, organizations like the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) are making headway in elevating the role as an efficient institutional change agent.

At this year’s Standards

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What Does This Professor Know About Conspiracy Theorists That We Don’t?

By | August 7th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Joseph Uscinski is a wanted man.

At least, he has been since last week, when the presence of a bunch of people wearing “Q” T-shirts at a Trump rally catapulted a bizarre conspiracy theory from the fringes of the internet to the center of the news. (The theory is hard to parse, but suffice it to

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Program Aims to Improve Law Enforcement and Community Relations

By | July 31st, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

With community and police relations going from a simmer to a boil in many cities around the country, a San Diego philanthropist has created a program that brings together three universities, law enforcement agencies and the public for focus groups followed by attendance at sporting events.

San Diego State University, the University of San Diego

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DeVos Will Join Turning Point USA, Conservative Campus Group, at Conference

By | July 24th, 2018|Education|

Secretary Betsy DeVos of the U.S. Education Department will appear alongside Charlie Kirk, the controversial founder of Turning Point USA, as part of the group’s High School Leadership Summit, taking place this week in Washington, the Education Department announced on Monday.

Turning Point USA is a right-wing group that has caused an upheaval among campus conservatives,

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