Stanford University recently released a report on its progress in increasing the diversity of its faculty. The data shows that in 2011 there were 51 Black scholars on the Stanford faculty, making up 2.6 percent of the total faculty. Little progress has been made over the past decade. While the number of Black faculty increased by six over the past decade, in 2001, Blacks made up 2.6 percent of the university’s faculty, the percentage as was the case a decade later in 2011.
Karen Cook, professor of sociology and vice provost for faculty development and diversity at Stanford notes that all underrepresented minorities account for 6.9 percent of the Stanford faculty, up slightly from a decade ago. But Dr. Cook notes, “If you look at underrepresented minority [URM] faculty increase over the last decade, it’s about 1 percent. If we increase the number of URM faculty at the rate of 1 percent a decade, it’s going to be a long time before we have something like the diversity that we’d really like to see at Stanford. We just need to be a bit more proactive. It takes all of us. It can’t come from the top down.”