Latest Social diversity News

University council urges removal of swastika-like symbol

Dec. 11, 2019 12:48 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A council at the University of Montana has recommended the removal of a swastika-like tile arrangement on the walls of a university hall. The tiles show a mirror-image swastika called an aristika designed within Corbin Hall in the 1920s when swastikas were not yet adopted as a symbol...

NFL At 100: Rooney Rule has its positives and its faults

Dec. 7, 2019 11:11 AM EST

In 2003, the NFL had three minority head coaches: future Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy, Herman Edwards and Marvin Lewis. In the 12 previous seasons, there had been six. Total. Considering that the majority of the players in the league 16 years ago were minorities, that imbalance was enormous. And...

Microsoft shareholders defeat 2 activist proposals

Dec. 4, 2019 12:50 PM EST

Microsoft's shareholders have defeated two proposals by activist investors calling for the company to add a rank-and-file employee on its board of directors and report on gender disparities in company salaries. The company said Wednesday that neither proposal got enough support, according to preliminary vote...

Coach of team of immigrants that won championship retires

Dec. 3, 2019 10:30 AM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Lewiston soccer coach who won the state championship with a diverse team including African immigrants is retiring after 37 years. Coach Mike McGraw’s first championship in 2015 were a source of pride for a city that had undergone a dramatic change with the arrival of...

New report on Virginia schools says achievement gaps persist

Dec. 3, 2019 4:43 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new report by the Virginia State Board of Education says there remains a persistent achievement gap for certain student groups and the state faces a growing shortage of high-quality teachers. The report was officially presented to lawmakers and Gov. Ralph Northam on Sunday, and it...

Teachers aim to provide rich and diverse books to students

Dec. 1, 2019 12:30 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Growing up, Brenda Morris doesn't remember reading a lot of books that had characters who looked like her. Usually, when there was a character that did look like her — an African American girl — the story was a historical one featuring a slave. "... I couldn't...

Research ship name: Mississippi MD, civil rights activist

Nov. 30, 2019 9:15 AM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A new oceanographic research ship will be named for a Mississippi physician who filed one of the Deep South’s first school desegregation lawsuits and led wade-ins to integrate a federally funded public beach. The Research Vessel Gilbert R. Mason will be named for Dr. Gilbert...

Tennis Australia to honor Court’s Grand Slam anniversary

Nov. 30, 2019 1:11 AM EST

Tennis Australia has confirmed it plans to honor Margaret Court’s 50th anniversary of her 1970 Grand Slam during January’s Australian Open, but stressed her controversial anti-gay views “do not align with our values of equality, diversity and inclusion.” Court won 24 Grand Slam singles...

Breaking Barriers gives voice to inclusion concerns

Nov. 30, 2019 12:05 AM EST

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Dorms at Auburn are set up so that in many, such as the Hill and the Quad, two students share a room and four share a bathroom. Elijah Matheny said he would have never felt comfortable in a dorm. As a pre-transitioned trans man, he would not have wanted to live with other men, but he...

Colleges hold trainings to better support LGBTQ athletes

Nov. 26, 2019 1:55 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Coming out as gay or transgender can come with many questions and fears. And for LGBTQ student-athletes, it can mean uncertainty about whether teammates and coaches will be accepting, whether playing time will be reduced, and whether they can continue to play a sport that, for many,...