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Being Black and Fitting in at College

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 11.23.2015 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

On almost any campus where I have been I have had some student -- or many -- talk about how they did not feel they belonged where they had landed.

The Real Game Changer for PWI's: Racially Diversifying Boards of Trustees and Administration

Patti R. Rose | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices
Patti R. Rose

In general, at colleges/universities that are predominantly white, most, if not all of the Board of Trustee Members and Administrators, the people that actually oversee the President's management of an academic institution's finances and ensure that the institution has the capacity to fulfill its stated mission, are white.

Georgetown Students Successfully Get University To Change Its Racist Legacy

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.17.2015 | Black Voices

Students at Georgetown University in the nation's capital are showing that their voices matter and can influence change.  The university will ren...

College Students Across The Country Stand In Solidarity With Mizzou

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.12.2015 | Black Voices

Universities and colleges across the country shared their support for University of Missouri student activists Thursday by sharing a message of solida...

Why We Should Retire the HBCU vs. PWI Debate

Cierra Lockett | Posted 11.12.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

For the HBCU vs. PWI debate to resurface at this time of racial turmoil is utterly ridiculous. It is a conversation that only serves to divide the black community, is always masked in a call for solidarity or unity, and conveniently arises when pertinent issues plaguing black people are being discussed.

Students Share Harsh Truths About Being #BlackOnCampus

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.12.2015 | Black Voices

The protests at the University of Missouri are shedding light on the challenges of being black at a predominantly white institution. Now, student...

Students Share What It’s Like To Be Black At Mizzou

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.12.2015 | Black Voices

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Missouri a Teaching Moment for Other Colleges That Flunk the Racism Test

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Now former University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe -- in a moment of rare candor for someone who just fired himself -- admitted what has been probably one of the worst-kept secrets at American colleges. His words: "Racism does exist at our university, and it is unacceptable."

What I Learned Teaching Black Students

Abby Norman | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Abby Norman

No one mentions the ways the children are failed, how it is not the responsibility of students of color to educate their ignorant white teachers. No one is horrified that these students were yet again disadvantaged by a system we hold up as the best way for these same kids to get a leg up.

Why Veterinary Medicine, The Whitest Profession in America, Needs Black Students

Patti R. Rose | Posted 09.30.2015 | Black Voices
Patti R. Rose

For vet schools, the unfortunate reality of being the whitest profession in the U.S. provides an opportunity for positive change. The first step is to admit that there is a problem, namely lack of diversity. The next step is to begin aggressively recruiting students from the largest racial group in the U.S.

The Celebration of Alive & Free

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 07.26.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

For 28 years Dr. Joe Marshall has been saying and acting on the basis that Black lives, Hispanic lives, young lives on the streets of San Francisco and surrounding communities matter. He is my hero. He should be yours also.

How I Learned To Truly Value My Students -- And It Has Nothing To Do With Common Core

Josh Parker | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Josh Parker

The summer after my first year of teaching was a relief. And a surprise. Upon receiving the results of my students' language arts tests at the state, district and local levels, I found that my good intentions as a teacher did not equal student success.

Teachers Of All Races Are More Likely To Punish Black Students

Jeremy Adam Smith, Greater Good | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices

Two students. One is black and the other is white. On Tuesday, they both refuse to complete the math worksheet. On Wednesday, neither will stop talkin...

Macrina Cooper-White

When 'Deshawn' And 'Greg' Act Out In Class, Guess Who Gets Branded A Troublemaker | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.21.2015 | Science

Research has shown that young black students in American schools are expelled and suspended three times as often as white students. Now a disturbing n...

Powerful Images Show What It's Really Like To Be A Black Student In Brazil

HuffPost Brazil | Diego Iraheta | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices

"Come on, white guy, give me a break!" is the title of a campaign orchestrated by black students from the University of Brasília (UnB, Universidade d...

The Positive Numbers About Young Black Men

The Boston Globe | Derrick Z. Jackson | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices

Earlier this month, an attention-grabbing 30-second video, released by the Mystic Valley Area Branch of the NAACP and featuring Medford High School st...

Lydia O'Connor

School District Wants To Help Close Achievement Gap By Recruiting More Black Teachers | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices

The achievement gap between students of different races has been well-documented, and the San Francisco Unified School District is trying something it...

Rebecca Klein

Why Teachers Need To Talk About Their Own Racial Bias | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.06.2015 | Black Voices

As recent protests spur tough conversations about the racial bias of police officers, a national group of educators and policy analysts is urging teac...

Half of Black College Students Graduate $25,000 in Debt

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Higher education has long been considered the key to escaping poverty, but it doesn't come without a price tag attached. For black students, the cost is often higher than their white classmates.

Needed: A True Diversity Map for America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a brilliant scholar and one of the most effective leaders you may not know.

Harvard's Black Students Pen Powerful Response To Grand Jury Decisions

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 12.05.2014 | Black Voices

Students have demonstrated nationwide frustrations with two recent grand jury decisions against the indictment of police officers responsible for the ...

It Isn't the Athletes; It's the Educators

Julia Craven | Posted 01.10.2015 | Black Voices
Julia Craven

African-American men definitely function at lower reading levels than their peers -- male or female. And it is because the education system doesn't teach them how to read. You can't treat the problem without acknowledging its origins.

Closer to the Finish Line

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For the first time in 13 years, the DOE now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. This is some of the unfinished business of the civil rights movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color.

For Black Students the School to Prison Pipeline Is in Higher Gear Than Ever

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

School officials defend their quick resort to call in the school or city police with the claim that black students do commit more serious offenses than other students. There's nothing to support this.

From Students of Color, a Call for Cultural Competency Training

Willie Burnley Jr. | Posted 12.21.2014 | College
Willie Burnley Jr.

Every student desires professors that understand and respect them, and minority students only want the same: Instructors who are trained to deal with cultural issues when they arise.