American Students Studying Abroad in Sub-Saharan Africa

In the 2021-22 academic year, there were 4,614 American students who studied at universities in sub-Saharan Africa. This is about one tenth of the number of students from sub-Saharan Africa studying at U.S. universities.

U.S. Public Schools Remain Separate and Unequal

Approximately 522,400 students, or 1 percent of overall student enrollment, attended public schools where fewer than half of the teachers met all state certification requirements. Of the students attending those schools, 66 percent were Black and Latino students.

Hospitals That Serve Mostly Black Patients Are Less Likely to Have Core Resources to...

UCLA researchers looked at nearly 4,400 hospitals across the U.S., including 864 with high numbers of Black and Hispanic patients. The team looked at the availability of 34 cancer-related services at these facilities. They found that hospitals serving high numbers of Black patients were significantly less likely to offer all the core services.

Huge Increase in Students From Sub-Saharan Africa at U.S. Colleges and Universities

In the 2022-23 academic year, the number of students from Nigeria was nearly three times the number of students from any other sub-Saharan African nation. Nigerians made up more than one third of all students from sub-Saharan Africa who studied in the United States in the 2022-23 academic year.

Government Programs to Attract Physicians to Underserved Areas Have Not Worked

A federal program created to attract physicians to medically underserved areas of the United States has not achieved this intended effect or reduced mortality rates in these regions, a new Yale study finds.

UCLA Report Finds That Television Shows Have Made Progress in Diversifying Their Casts

The tenth annual Hollywood Diversity Report produced by the Entertainment and Media Research Initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles finds that, for the first time, overall cast diversity in television shows reflected the population across all platforms following an upward trend over the last decade.

Study Finds Racial Discrimination Has a Major Impact on Stress Levels in Teens

Researchers measured salivary cortisol five times a day over three days and found that teens who experienced peer discrimination — racial discrimination from other teens — had unhealthy levels of the so-called stress hormone cortisol circulating in their bodies throughout the day. This can lead to chronic health conditions.

“Black Sounding” Names Continue to Be a Disadvantage in the Job Market

Twenty years ago, a ground-breaking study found that people with names generally thought to be Black who submitted resumes to employers were less likely to be contacted for the job interviews compared to people with similar qualifications who had names that did not lead employers to believe the applicant was Black. A new study has found that not much has changed.

Outlawed 55 Years Ago, The Effects of Redlining Are Still Being Felt in Communities...

Although the practice of redlining has been illegal since 1968, multiple studies show that redlining’s harmful legacy has left nonwhite communities struggling with air pollution, reproductive health disorders, and fewer urban amenities more than 50 years later.

Study Finds That African Americans Are Only Small Percentage of Sperm Donors

Donors who identified as Hispanic (10.9 percent) or Black (3.3 percent) were significantly underrepresented as compared to the U.S. population. Hispanics are 22 percent of the population and Blacks are 13.3 percent. Asian donors were overrepresented, making up 21.9 percent of the donors but only 6.5 percent of the U.S. population.

Stress From Discrimination, Racism, and Safety Fears Leads to Increased Heart Disease Risk for...

The research led by scholars at Virginia Commonwealth University found that the cardiovascular impact of these stressors varied by gender, with Black women more affected by discrimination and Black men more affected by neighborhood safety.

Black Youth Are Scarce in Suicide Research Studies

Black youth under 13 are twice as likely to die by suicide compared to their White peers, and the suicide death rate among Black youth is increasing faster than any other racial or ethnic group. But a new study by scholars at the University of Houston finds that Black youth are almost nonexistent in the literature that guides treatment development.

Students From Underrepresented Groups Fuel Enrollment Growth in Higher Education

Black, Latinx, and Asian students accounted for most of the undergraduate and graduate enrollment growth this fall. Black enrollments were up 2.1 percent. Black enrollments climbed due to large increases in enrollment from students in the top income brackets.

Blacks Are Vastly Underrepresented in Staff Positions in the U.S. Senate

A new report from the the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C., finds that African Americans account for 13.6 percent of the U.S. population, but only 2.1 percent of Senate personal office top staffers. Of the 100 chiefs of staff in the U.S. Senate, only one is Black.

FBI Releases New Data on Hate Crimes in the United States

There were 778 hate crimes in elementary or secondary schools that were reported to the FBI in 2022. There were only 403 reported hate crimes on college campuses.

Black Enrollments in Graduate Education Show a Significant Decrease

Between Fall 2021 and Fall 2022, first-time graduate enrollment decreased by 7.8 percent among Black/African American students. Only 4.5 percent of U.S. citizens and permanent resident students enrolled for the first time in physical and earth sciences were Black. Blacks were 5.7 percent of first-time graduate students in engineering.

Black Scores on the ACT College Entrance Examination Are in Freefall

Some 20 percent of all Whites who took the ACT test were deemed college-ready in all four areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science. For Blacks, just 3 percent of all test takers were deemed college-ready in all four areas.

Blacks Are Vastly Underrepresented in Leadership Roles in Academic Surgery

In a study of 165 surgical departments only 8.9 percent of leaders were of racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine. African American women made up only 1.5 percent of all department chairs and 4 percent of vice chairs. They made up 0.6 percent of division chiefs.

Black Students Remain Underrepresented at the Nation’s Most Selective Colleges and Universities

A new report from the Education Trust finds that even with the practice of race-sensitive admissions at selective colleges and universities in the United States for the past half-century or more, Black students remain underrepresented at these elite institutions. And the progress toward equality has been slow.

Addressing the Barriers Faced by Black Fathers Who Attend College

A new study from the Center for Law and Social Policy finds that 72 percent of all Black student fathers attending public four-year institutions leave college without earning a degree or other credential. Black student fathers comprise 19 percent of student parents and are less likely than their peers to have access to public benefits programs like childcare assistance.

White and Black Children Categorize Racially Ambiguous Faces Differently

New research by psychologists at Duke University and the University of Chicago finds that Black and White children and adults categorize racially ambiguous faces differently. White people more often see multiracial faces as Black, whereas Black people more often see multiracial faces as White.

Addressing the Lack of Diversity in Faculty Ranks in Psychology

A new report from the American Psychological Association states that an academic workforce that represents demographic changes within the student population and the larger U.S. society as essential to a vital and accurate psychological science that is relevant in the 21st century.

Department of Education’s Latest Data on Campus Hate Crimes

In 2020, of the more than 21,200 criminal incidents that occurred on the campuses of postsecondary institutions and were reported to police or security agencies, 571 incidents were classified as hate crimes. In 2020, race was the motivating bias in more than half of on-campus hate crimes.

Report Alleges Hostile Racial Environment in the School of Education at the University of...

The report followed the departure of four women of color faculty from the School of Education. The report stated that these women had been “pushed out” through various microaggressions and other abuses.

Is the Black-White Income Gap Finally Shrinking for Good?

In 2019, the median Black household income was 59.7 percent of the median income of non-Hispanic White families. In 2022, In the income gap was 65.2 percent.

Study Finds Blacks More Likely to Live Behind Decaying Levees Than Whites

While nationwide the disparity for Blacks is less than 20 percent, there are high levels of disparity for Black populations behind levees in Kentucky (284 percent) and Tennessee (156 percent).

Census Bureau Offers a Breakdown of the Black Population in the United States

The Black population is often talked about in the media as a monolith. But in fact, the Black population is quite diverse. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau offers a breakdown on the Black population in the U.S.

The Official Poverty Rate for African Americans Is the Lowest in History

The bad news is that in 2022, the Black poverty rate was still more than double the rate for non-Hispanic Whites. In 2022, 22.3 percent of all Black children lived in poverty.

Prior to the Pandemic, White Children Were Three Times as Likely to Be Homeschooled...

In 2019, some 4 percent of all White children were homeschooled, compared to 1.2 percent of Black children. Thus, Whites were more than three times as likely as Blacks to be homeschooled. The most commonly reported reasons for homeschooling were concern about the school environment.

Study Finds That Protesting NFL Players Who ‘Took a Knee’ at 2016 Games Were...

A recent study by scholars at the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Connecticut, and Pennsylvania State University examined the career trajectories of the first 50 NFL athletes to kneel in protest during a pregame national anthem in 2016.

Education Department Debuts the Equity in Education Dashboard

The website is divided into a series of domains, each of which includes a set of indicators. The indicators highlight disparities in education among population groups, including differences by race/ethnicity, sex, socioeconomic status, English learner status, and disability status.

Twenty Years After Law School, Many Black Attorneys Still Face Overwhelming Student Debt

A study of students who graduated from law school between 1998 and 2000 found that some 73 percent of Black law school graduates still held student loan debt, 20 years after earning their law degree. Twenty years later, the average debt outstanding for Black law school graduates was more than $74,000.

Research Finds Significant Racial Inequalities in Public Subsidized Housing

Using data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, researchers found that Black subsidized renters, on average, pay $75 more per month than their White counterparts — a 17 percent upcharge. Black subsidized renters live in units with more unsafe conditions while simultaneously paying more, both in total cost and relative to their income.

How Race Has Become a Factor in Auto Insurance Rates

Across the country, consumers with good driving records but with poor credit annually pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars more for the basic auto insurance coverage mandated by state laws. Because credit history correlates to race and income, raising premiums on drivers with lower credit disproportionately harms low-income consumers and people of color.

Study Finds Persisting Occupational Segregation Among Similarly Educated Blacks and Whites

A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that over the past 20 years, the percentage of Black workers with a bachelor’s degree rose from 18.9 percent to 28.3 percent. Yet, despite educational gains, there has not been a reduction in the racial wage gap, mainly due to the fact that Blacks with a college degree continue to face occupational segregation.

Report Finds That Large Numbers of Black Students Are Not Comfortable on Ohio Campuses

A new study by the Ohio Black Student Association finds that large numbers of Black students at colleges and universities in the state reported negative experiences relating to their race. The project surveyed students at nine public four-year universities and three private universities.

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