Karen Cook, the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology and vice provost for faculty diversity and development at Stanford University, recently issued a report on efforts to hire more women and underrepresented minorities to the university’s faculty. Dr. Cook admitted that progress in this area “has been slow and somewhat uneven.”
The data shows that in 2004 there were 304 minority faculty members at Stanford. By 2014 the number had grown to 500. The percentage of minorities on the Stanford faculty grew from 17.1 percent in 2004 to 23.6 percent in 2014.
But many of the minority faculty at Stanford are of Asian descent. The number of Black, Latino, and American Indian faculty grew from 108 in 2014 to 130 in 2014. But due to overall growth in the number of faculty at Stanford the percentage of Black, Latino, and American Indian faculty remained the same at 6.1 percent.