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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.

In Court Battle Over Harvard Admissions, Plaintiffs Allege University Ignored ‘Negative Effects’ on Asian-Americans

By | June 18th, 2018|Education|

Harvard University intentionally discriminates against Asian-American applicants and engages in racial balancing when choosing its undergraduate classes, according to legal documents filed in federal court on Friday by a nonprofit organization challenging the institution’s admissions policies. The group also said Harvard has ignored evidence that its admissions practices had “negative effects” on Asian-American students.

In a

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Defending Affirmative Action

By | June 13th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

A federal lawsuit challenging Harvard University’s affirmative action policies is about to go to trial, with the Justice Department backing claims of plaintiffs who say the university is discriminating against Asian-American applicants.

At one level, the case is only about Harvard, but the university’s policies are similar to those of many other institutions

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Education Dept. Received Hundreds Of Complaints Last Year About Racist School Discipline

By | June 12th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

The Department of Education received more than 200 civil rights complaints last year involving students who say they were victims of racist school discipline, HuffPost has learned ― a noteworthy figure as U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos considers revising or rescinding Obama-era guidance meant to protect students from

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What Do ‘White Guys’ Think About Race? This Professor Is Trying to Find Out

By | June 4th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

What does it mean to study racism on college campuses? Mostly talking with white students about race, says Nolan L. Cabrera, an associate professor in the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education. One might think they wouldn’t have much to say, but do they ever. In one case, a young man

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How a Student Got Kicked Out of Class — and Became a Conservative Hero

By | June 1st, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Charlie Kirk showed up dressed for the occasion.

Kirk — the head of Turning Point USA, a conservative political-­advocacy group — took the stage this spring at Indiana University of Pennsylvania wearing a navy-blue T-shirt that read: “There are only two genders.”

The rural state university, in a former coal-mining town, had become one of the latest

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Why let the Klan march at a private historically black college? ‘This is not a First Amendment thing, man.’

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

“Public universities cannot exclude a speaker based on their viewpoint, even a very offensive viewpoint. The law is clear,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and an expert in First Amendment law.

And in a recent book Chemerinsky titled “Free Speech on

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Study: Black and Hispanic Students Get Lower Return on Higher Ed Investment

By | May 29th, 2018|Education, Employment & Housing|

Black and Hispanic graduates would have received 1 million more bachelor’s degrees between 2013 and 2015 if the share of their credentials were at parity with their White peers, according to a recent analysis by Center for American Progress.

Black and Hispanic students largely completed associate degrees and certificates, which provide a smaller return on a

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Is Your University Racist?

By | May 25th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Racism is often construed as individual acts motivated by racial prejudice. Thus, it is challenging to understand institutional racism. Institutions do not have feelings like people do, nor do they have the consciousness to think and make decisions based on racial prejudice. So how can we identify racism within higher education institutions, even

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‘Astounding ignorance of the law’: Civil rights groups slam DeVos for saying schools can report undocumented students

By | May 23rd, 2018|Education, Immigration|

Civil rights groups slammed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for saying Tuesday that schools can decide whether to report undocumented students to immigration enforcement officials, saying her statements conflict with the law and could raise fears among immigrant students.

DeVos’s answers came during testimony before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Rep. Adriano Espaillat

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Student Wants to ‘End Affirmative Action for Women’

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

The U.S. Education Department is investigating whether Yale University discriminates against men, stemming from an unusual complaint from a doctoral student completely unaffiliated with institution.

The Office for Civil Rights’ investigation into whether the university violated the federal gender discrimination law, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, began last month. Generally, the bulk of

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