As students, faculty, and administrators return to campuses with Charlottesville on their minds, we can expect them to double down on “diversity” initiatives. I put “diversity” in quotation marks because it means, here, increased representation of and protections for groups deemed marginalized. In this context, gains for Asian students and faculty barely, if at all, […]
Despite growing up in Madison, Selina Armenta felt culture shock when she first set foot on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus as a freshman. “I felt a little intimidated and I felt pressured to perform higher than normal because I felt like sometimes I needed to prove that I was not what people were stereotyping […]
Laura Minero was skeptical about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program before she applied for it in 2012. “We essentially (were) handing over all of our information,” said Minero, who was brought to California from Mexico when she was 5. “That could expose our families and whoever we live with.” But Minero, then a graduate student, needed a way to drive lawfully, and didn’t want to keep turning down opportunities to present her research at conferences because she didn’t have a valid ID and couldn’t get on a flight. “I thought it was worth the risk,” she said. So Minero enrolled in DACA — the Obama administration’s executive action that provided work permits and protection from deportation for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans to shut down the program on Tuesday.
Public universities in the U.S. employ a dearth of African American, Hispanic, and female faculty members in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, according to a new survey of 40 such institutions. The study, published last week (August 16) in Educational Researcher, suggests that the disparity owes in part to a similar lack of diversity in PhD programs that fledge would-be professors. An exception to this appears to be black STEM faculty members who are underrepresented even beyond the proportion of PhDs granted to African Americans.
The University of Michigan’s biomedical sciences graduate program announced last week that it will no longer require GRE scores for its Ph.D. admissions. Following a review of the available evidence and a public discussion involving the program’s faculty, staff, and trainees, the exam’s ability to predict student performance seems “weak at best” while it significantly disadvantages women, minorities, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, writes Scott Barolo, director of the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS), in the announcement.