The Justice Department withdrew its lawsuit that alleged Yale University violated federal civil-rights law by discriminating against white and Asian-American undergraduate applicants, who the Department claimed faced stricter admissions standards. The action suggests that the Biden administration will take a different approach to policies regarding affirmative action than former President Donald Trump
According to the Boston Globe, enrollment of first-year Black and Latino students at Massachusetts community colleges declined by one-third this past fall, replicating national trends that reflect the disproportionate economic distress of pandemic experienced by communities of color. Carlos Santiago, the state’s higher education commissioner said that enrollment this year will depend on whether high schools can make sure that students have the assistance needed to enroll in college. “I don’t want to be here thinking about a generation of students that we lost because we let this go,” Santiago said.
Two Florida State University faculty members have launched “Diversity Talks,” a show centered around diversity, inclusion and intercultural competence at FSU.
A bill recently passed in the Virginia House would require the state’s five public colleges and universities to detail their ties to slavery and establish scholarships or economic development programs to benefit communities descended from enslaved people who worked on their grounds.