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Why is it so Difficult to Talk About Race?

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot in things racial, we have always been, and … continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues […]

Deepening the Discussion

The Eastman School of Music joins with the rest of the University in its desire to create a more diverse and inclusive environment for faculty, students, and staff. Our diversity committee has begun to engage with certain issues, such as defining diversity within a music-school context, developing strategies for more inclusive faculty searches, and considering […]

How will the Economic Crisis Affect Campus Diversity?

The financial crisis has forced many lenders to stop making student loans and the endowments of even the wealthiest institutions have suffered. The Wall Street Journal cited a 22% drop in Harvard University”s endowment forcing tough decisions about spending. Many parents who have invested in 529 plans (tied to stock market returns) to fund college […]

Are We in Danger of Believing that Racisim is Dead?

On October 31, 2008, the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity sponsored a workshop on unconscious bias (see, for example this 2005 article by Barbara Reskin) in the academic search process. Approximately 90 members of our academic community participated in the conversation, referring to their own experiences as witnesses of bias during academic searches, and […]