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Five Takeaways from a Year of Talking About Race

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Jan 9, 2018

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage on the story of race and Appalachia. The restaurateur and author Eddie Huang on racial stereotypes and diversity in Hollywood. Leon and Rosina Watson on marrying across the color line in 1950 when it was still illegal in much of the country. Read the entire post here.

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Fighting Bias With Board Games

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Jan 9, 2018

Quick, think of a physicist. If you’re anything like me, you probably didn’t have to think very hard before the names Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton popped up. But what if I asked you to think of a female physicist? What about a black, female physicist? You may have to think a bit harder about… Continue reading

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A Look at Latino Student Success

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Dec 26, 2017

More Latino students are enrolling in four-year colleges and universities than ever before. But what happens to these students after they arrive on campus? Do they leave with a degree? Simply attending college does not provide the personal or broader social benefits that come with completing a degree particularly a bachelors degree. Read the… Continue reading

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Poll: Asian-Americans See Individuals’ Prejudice As Big Discrimination Problem

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Dec 20, 2017

New results from an NPR survey show that large numbers of Asian-Americans experience and perceive discrimination in many areas of their daily lives. This happens despite their having average incomes that outpace other racial, ethnic and identity groups. Thepoll, a collaboration among NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of… Continue reading

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The Missing Women

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Dec 20, 2017

Study finds that men speak twice as often as women do at colloquiums, a difference that can’t be explained away by rank, speaker pool composition or women’s interest in giving talks. Speakers at academic seminars are the voices and faces of their fields, whether they like it or not. So its important that those voices… Continue reading

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Science Research Jobs, Open Only to Women

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Dec 20, 2017

Germanys Max Planck Society of research institutes has launched a women-only program of tenure-track positions to improve its gender balance and stop rivals poaching its best female scientists. The Lise Meitner excellence program, named after the pioneering early-20th-century physicist, is one of several women-only hiring initiatives that some observers believe are becoming more common while… Continue reading

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Poll: Discrimination Against Women is Common Across Races, Ethnicities, Identities

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Dec 12, 2017

Discrimination in the form of sexual harassment has been in the headlines for weeks now, but new poll results being released by NPR show that other forms of discrimination against women are also pervasive in American society. The poll is a collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of… Continue reading

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How Black Americans See Discrimination

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Nov 30, 2017

One of the paradoxes of racial discrimination is the way it can remain obscured even to the people to whom it’s happening. Here’s an example: Inan ambitious, novel studyconducted by the Urban Institute a few years ago, researchers sent actors with similar financial credentials to the same real estate or rental offices to ask about… Continue reading

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There’s an Immigration Gap in How Latinos Perceive Discrimination

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Nov 30, 2017

Valery Pozo still gets angry thinking about it. It was about a decade ago, and the immigrant communities in her hometown, Salt Lake City, were on edge because of recent immigration enforcement raids in the area. Pozo’s mother, an immigrant from Peru, was on the sidelines at her son’s soccer game when another parent asked… Continue reading

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Asian Last Names Lead to Fewer Job Interviews, Still

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Nov 30, 2017

What’s in a name? A lot, according to a newstudyfrom researchers at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, both in Canada. The study found that job applicants in Canada with Asian names names of Indian, Pakistani or Chinese origin were 28 percent less likely to get called for an interview compared to… Continue reading

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