What happened when one university moved a Confederate statue to a museum

The University of Texas at Austin is home to four vacant pedestals where statues of prominent Confederate leaders, including Jefferson Davis, once towered over the campus. Today the Davis statue is in a campus museum. Following a 2015 shooting spree in which a white gunman killed nine African-American worshipers in a church in Charleston, S.C.,…

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Archiving while Black

Among the things 2018 will be remembered for is mainstream culture’s realization that white Americans use the police to challenge black entry into “white” spaces. Countless viral news stories detail how white people have called the police on black people for cooking, shopping, driving — basically for existing while black. A black body in a…

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Hiring a diversity officer is only the first step. Here are the next 7.

In today’s season of #MeToo, Dreamers, Black Lives Matter movements, and radical-right backlash, colleges are adding chief diversity officers to the list of essential employees. However, hiring a skilled diversity professional is just the first step. To be most effective, chancellors, presidents, and provosts must join with diversity officers to build campus environments where equity,…

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Increasing diversity in academic hiring

As greater numbers of students from underrepresented populations enroll in American colleges and universities, institutions of higher education have increasingly recognized the importance of an equally diverse faculty. Yet despite heightened awareness of issues related to diversity on college campuses, hiring practices in academe continue to disadvantage applicants from minority groups. The National Center for Education…

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