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Celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Loyola University Chicago's School of Law

Loyola University Chicago's School of Law students celebrated Dr. King's life by volunteering at Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park on Monday, January 15. The Healthy Family Challenge event drew children and families from Chicago's Austin neighborhood, including Oak Park and Maywood. Activities included law students coordinating a "justice room" where they ran legal workshops, talking about Dr. King's civic engagement, and the legal challenges he faced. They encouraged young people to get involved in their communities and to address injustices. Law students then guided the young people in writing letters to elected officials.  Additionally, law students refereed middle school basketball games, and led preschoolers and elementary-aged students in activities that included soccer, yoga, karate, and international games. Loyola Law's Black Law Student Association and Public Interest Law Society organized the involvement in this day of service, which was sponsored by area businesses, hospitals, sororities, and by State Reps. LaShawn Ford and Chris Welch.

"To Diversify Faculty, Start Here: How one university is changing a sink-or-swim culture to broaden the appeal of a Ph.D."

 In 2010, Duke University opened the Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity to help bring in more diverse students to its doctoral STEM programs as well as offer support and a community environment for them while they study. So far the program has seen success, with twice as many minority students applying for higher education programs. Sherilynn Black, a 2008 Duke Ph.D. student who opened the office, hopes they can be models in the future for other institutions and their diversity programs. 7.3.16: The Chronicle of Higher Education 

"Yale retains Calhoun College’s name, selects names for two new residential colleges, and changes title of 'master' in the residential colleges"

Yale announces freshmen residence hall Calhoun College will keep its name, despite controversy over its namesake, former Vice President John C. Calhoun, who defended slavery during his time in office from 1825 to 1832. The school’s President, Peter Salovey, said renaming the building could have the appearance of the university purposefully hiding the legacy of slavery. The school also announced two new freshmen residence halls would be named after influential Americans Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin. 4.27.16: Yale News 

"272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants?"

In 1838, Georgetown University needed money or it would be forced to close. The school’s leading Jesuit Priests sold 272 slaves into the slave trade and made over (what today would be) $500,000. The search is now on to find descendants of those sold, but the question of how to proceed with the new information still lingers.  4.16.16: The New York Times 

"Enough Is Enough"

University of Wisconsin Madison’s vice provost for diversity and climate Patrick Sims decided not to follow the standard procedure after a racial incident occurred on campus. Instead, he filed an honest and blunt video that has generated responses a letter to students would never receive. 4.4.16: Inside Higher Ed 

"Racial Climate on Campus: A Survey of College Presidents"

Students fighting for issues they believe in is a trend found on most college campuses recently. The issues are resonating with school leaders as well, as 567 university and college Presidents participated in an online anonymous survey on diversity issues and measures on their campuses. Lorelle Espinosa, Hollie Chessman and Lindsay Wayt of the American Council on Education analyze the data. 3.3.16: Higher Education Today 

Does diversity-valuing behavior result in diminished performance ratings for nonwhite and female leaders?

Do you ever wonder why it seems like most high-level leaders are male? Could it be because ethnic minority and women leaders are penalized for promoting diversity? Four university researchers from the University of Colorado, the University of Texas at Austin and the National University of Singapore published their finding based on diverse leadership in the Academy of Management Journal. 3.1.16: The Academy of Management Journal 

"Diversity at work: Report examines why it matters and how to achieve it"

Studies show diversity and transparency have a positive effect on creativity and innovation within businesses, but how can the two be implemented successfully in an age of resistance to most new initiatives? A group of nine researchers from seven different universities found out. 2.29.16: Chicago Tribune 

"Inclusivity, History, and Navigating the Way Forward."

In his article, the chancellor emeritus of the University System of Maryland, William E. Kirwan, discusses the need for diversity on higher education campuses in order to fulfill the need and obligation universities and colleges have of inclusive education for the next generation of leaders. 2.17.16 Higher Education Today

 "What Are Students Demanding?"

American Council of Education members Hollie Chessman and Lindsay Wayt present the seven major themes stemming from demands made by student organizers in regards to diversity on college and university campuses. Some of these include policy changes, diversity education and increased student support services. 1.13.16: Higher Education Today