Latest Diversity in education News

U of Louisiana System program aims to cultivate diversity

Jul. 24, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — JaCaleb Smith worked at a trampoline park during his first semester studying chemical engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Along with his summer job at Home Depot, his earnings went to pay for college, but he still wondered if he should — or could...

U-Michigan loses court decision over withholding pay details

Jul. 14, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered the University of Michigan to fill a public records request and release pay information for employees in an office dedicated to diversity and equal opportunity. “Exposure of the university’s salary, bonus and overtime pay...

Committee releases report on Worcester teacher diversity

Jul. 14, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A panel put together to examine teacher diversity in Massachusetts' second largest city has released a list of recommendations. The Worcester Advisory Committee for Diversifying the Teacher Workforce's report released Tuesday includes dozens of...

Ex-professor alleges retaliation in lawsuit against URI

Jul. 08, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A former University of Rhode Island professor has sued the school, alleging he was fired as retaliation for challenging the lack of diversity in the school’s leadership and encouraging students to speak out against systemic racism. The...

Ex-Liberty exec files lawsuit alleging racial discrimination

Jul. 07, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A former NFL player hired last year to help lead diversity initiatives at Liberty University is suing the school, alleging racial discrimination in his demotion and subsequent firing. The federal lawsuit filed Friday by Kelvin Edwards says he...

UM dental school group looks to promote diversity, inclusion

Jun. 19, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new student group in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is looking to continue the effort to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the school. The group, Better Together, hosted its first event on May 25, exactly one year after...

US SailGP Team launches Foiling First diversity program

Jun. 03, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

Two-time America’s Cup champion Jimmy Spithill is all for improving diversity and inclusion in sailing, whether it’s along lines of race, gender or socioeconomic status. After all, he needed a bit of help to get going in a sport in which he’s become a superstar. ...

Wyoming governor allocates $1B in federal virus funding

May. 18, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has announced plans to allocate recently received federal coronavirus relief aid toward education, health and social services and economic diversity and development. The Republican governor has accounted for about $1 billion...

New Mexico education department mandates diversity course

May. 14, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Employees at the New Mexico Public Education Department are completing a three-hour diversity course as part of a plan to address a court order to improve services for students of different cultural, linguistic, and income backgrounds. The virtual...

Union: Rockwood teachers face threats over equity curriculum

May. 05, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

EUREKA, Mo. (AP) — Teachers and staff in a St. Louis-area school district say opponents of the district's new diversity and equity programs are posting threats of violence on social media, according to a union representing the teachers. The union sent a letter to the...