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Bridging The Gap To College Success

Wes Moore | Posted 09.09.2016 | Black Voices
Wes Moore

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2015 only 17 percent of Black men ages 25-29 had completed a bachelor's degree or higher.

What College Means

Lateef Romeo | Posted 05.23.2016 | Black Voices
Lateef Romeo

The most powerful influence on a teenager is another teenager. Our shared experiences give us perspective and help us believe in ourselves and overcome any obstacles.

Questions for Black Parents to Ask their Child's Teacher and School

Charles Cole III | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Charles Cole III

I spent nearly five years at a nonprofit focused on getting students in and through college. Many of the students we got were not on track to graduate...

Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline

The Heller School | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
The Heller School

Aggressive changes in policy are necessary to save the next generation of Black students and break down institutional structures that support white supremacy. This requires a new holistic educational curriculum and training for students, and more importantly, educators and administrators.

Black Colleges Seek White, Latino, Asian Students Amid Tight State Budgets

Stateline | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.15.2016 | Black Voices

Faced with stalled state funding, Harry Williams, the president of Delaware State University, a historically black public university, had to get creat...

Jarring New Video Shows A School Police Officer Kicking A Black Teen

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics

Four seconds, three slaps, two profane words and one kick. That's the narrative of a disturbing new video that appears to show a Baltimore school poli...

Opting Out Is the Wrong Choice for Our Kids

Charles F. Coleman Jr. | Posted 02.22.2016 | Black Voices
Charles F. Coleman Jr.

White parents from well-funded and highly performing areas are participating in petulant, poorly conceived protests that are ultimately affecting inner-city blacks at schools that need the funding and measures of accountability to ensure any hope of progress in performance.

Students Of Color Aren't Getting The Mental Health Help They Need In College

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.02.2017 | College

New research shows that students of color are far less likely to ask for help when they're stressed or facing other mental health concerns -- and two ...

Being Black and Fitting in at College

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 11.23.2016 | 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 11.23.2016 | 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 rename b...

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 11.12.2016 | 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, students of ...

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

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

Being black at the University of Missouri was tough long before the country started paying attention to why. Cultural insensitivity, racial slurs and ...

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

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.10.2016 | 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 11.03.2016 | 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 09.30.2016 | 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 07.26.2016 | 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 06.22.2016 | 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...