The university, where only 3 percent of the undergraduate student body is Black, has established a new President's Inclusion and Diversity Executive Council that will oversee all of the university's diversity efforts.
From 2005 to 2009, 19 percent of all Ph.D.s awarded in chemistry at LSU were earned by African Americans. Blacks were less than 10 percent of the chemistry Ph.D. recipients at the other 49 leading chemistry departments in the nation.
The effort is part of the university's Supplier Diversity Initiative aimed at having university departments achieve a greater percentage of their procurements from minority-owned and women-owned firms.
The Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama has launched a new initiative aimed at increasing the diversity of incoming students.
When the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement opens on campus this fall, it will provide programs and services that encourage cross-cultural interactions while serving as a "safe space" that is welcoming and nurturing to all students.
The Meet-Educate-Experience-Transition (MEET) Kelley program will bring two groups of rising high school seniors - one male and one female - from across the United States to campus this summer for a week of instruction, campus activities, and a case competition.
Now, candidates considered for faculty and staff positions are asked about their experience working with underrepresented minority populations.
Last fall, the Black Student Union at the University of Michigan began a social media campaign relating to the racial climate on campus and calling for efforts to increase the number of Black students.
The Project for Fair Representation has set up three websites seeking individuals who believe they were rejected for admission at three universities due to affirmative action or so-called reverse discrimination.
The four finalists for the position of vice provost for diversity and equity are DeBrenna Agbényiga of Michigan State, O. Gilbert Brown of Missouri State, Calvin White Jr. of the University of Arkansas, and Nathan Thomas who was chief diversity officer at the University of South Florida Polytechnic.
Kent State University in Ohio received that 2014 Institutional Excellence Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. African Americans make up 9 percent of the undergraduate student body at Kent State.
The Academic Council at Duke University has established a diversity task force that will formulate a diversity plan for the university for the next decade.
The goal of the project is to make the NDSU campus a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of the community.
Brown University plans to bring six postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented minority groups to campus for two years each. African Americans, American Indians, and women in science and economics will be the focus of recruiting efforts.
The ACES scale, developed at the University of Kansas, measures Attitudes toward diversity, Career activities related to diversity, Environment of diversity and Social interaction with diverse groups.
Tiffany Speaks will be the inaugural senior director of the new center which combines three previous campus organizations under one umbrella.