General Graduate Education/Higher Education

  1. Reframing the Individual Development Plan Suggests an Individual Development Plan can be a very useful tool in helping mentors and mentees understand more about how a graduate student’s identities relate to their career interests and preparation.
  2. Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism in American History (June 2021) Joint statement from nearly 150 professional associations addressing legislation intended to restrict discussions of racism-related topics in public education institutions.
  3. Outlawing Best Practices An argument for teaching nuanced and evidence-based approaches on how racism has impacted and continues to impact the U.S.
  4. “Be Paranoid”: Professors Who Teach About Race Approach the Fall with Anxiety Examples of university and faculty responses and coping strategies related to legislative directives regarding teaching concepts related to racism.
  5. White Academia: Do Better  Ten specific actions that White academics can take to support Black students, faculty, and staff.
  6. Don’t Mistake Training for Education Contrasts the different approaches to and impacts of training vs. education related to racial discrimination.
  7. For Black Scientists, the Sorrow is also Personal
  8. As Scientists, We Have Yet to Close the Racial Disparities A personal reflection on experiencing the feeling of being unseen and unknown based on race/skin color.
  9. What Black Scientists Want from Colleagues and Their Institutions  Suggested steps for action that would create meaningful institutional change, from six Black academic researchers.
  10. The Pressure to Assimilate Reflection from a Black man in a STEM department regarding what it means to be, and perceive to be, professional.
  11. Assume the Position … You Fit the Description: Psychosocial Experiences and Racial Battle Fatigue Among African American Male College Students A study examining the experiences of Black male students enrolled at predominantly White institutions.
  12. Building a Diverse, Equitable, Accessible, and Inclusive Graduate Community: A Statement of Principles, from the Council of Graduate Schools A statement of principles regarding diversity, equity, access, and inclusion from the Council of Graduate Schools.
  13. Nice White Men or Social Justice Allies?: Using Critical Race Theory To Examine How White Male Faculty and Administrators Engage in Ally Work A study examining “the complicated realities that social justice allies in higher education face when working on campus,” including recommendations for future research.
  14. “Am I Going Crazy?!”: A Critical Race Analysis of Doctoral Education A “critical race analysis of the everyday experiences of Latina/o and black doctoral students” with suggestions for “promoting a more humanizing experience of doctoral education.”
  15. Responding to Racism and Racial Trauma in Doctoral Study: An Inventory for Coping and Mediating Relationships A study on “understanding strategies doctoral students of color use to respond to racism.
  16. The Diversity-Innovation Paradox in Science Based on an analysis of US PhD dissertations, a study demonstrating that “demographically underrepresented students innovate at higher rates than majority students, but their novel contributions are discounted and less likely to earn them academic positions.”
  17. Graduate students’ Agency and Resistance After Oppressive Experiences Study exploring “how graduate students demonstrated agency after having oppressive or invalidating experiences based on their socially constructed identities during graduate school and the effects of leveraging agency.”
  18. The Souls of Black Professors  Discussion among scholars about “what it’s like to be a Black professor in 2020, who should be doing antiracist work on campus, and why diversity interventions that attempt to ‘fix’ Black academics for a rigged game miss the point entirely.”
  19. The Role of the Department and Discipline in Doctoral Student Attrition: Lessons from Four Departments  Paper explaining “doctoral student attrition as a consequence of inadequate academic integration.”
  20. Recruitment and Retention of Native American Graduate Students in School Psychology  Provides “research-based recommendations for recruiting Native American students and strategies for supporting their success and matriculation.”
  21. Indigenous Perspectives on Native Student Challenges in Higher Education  Discussion of Native American students’ experiences on higher education campuses, including recommendations for practices to support Indigenous students, faculty, and staff.
  22. Minorities in Higher Education: A Pipeline Problem? Using national data, B. Sethna demonstrates that “different ethnic groups need support and assistance to succeed at different stages of the academic pipeline” and suggests that such “imbalances can be corrected only with a substantial commitment of energy and resources from the entire higher education community.”  Of particular note, this piece includes specific focus on American Indian students.
  23. American Indian Academic Success: The Role of Indigenous Learning Strategies Macias, using interviews of American Indian women enrolled in graduate schools “revealed subjects’ systematic study habits, multimodal learning strategies, preference for essay tests, strong ability to synthesize knowledge, and reflective pragmatic attitude toward new information.”
  24. Why So Few American Indians Earn PhDs and What Colleges Can Do About It Patel describes the importance of recognizing factors important to many American Indian identities, including deep ties to families and communities, importance of faculty role models, and financial challenges both personally and in tribal college systems.
  25. Academics Are Really, Really Worried About Their Freedom Article by Prof. John McWhorter raising concerns that some academics “fear for their careers because they don’t believe progressive orthodoxies.”
  26. Fighting the Tide: Understanding the Difficulties Facing Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Doctoral Students’ Pursuing a Career in Academia  Editorial supported with many academic literature references regarding issues in higher education that “reinforce aspects of inequality and discrimination” with suggestions for “equality and policy interventions.”
  27. Race Matters “Fixing the student approaches are not sufficient at stemming the loss” of “excluded racial and ethnic groups” leaving science, but rather “it is time to change the culture of science by putting diversity at the center.”
  28. 10 Ways for Non-Black Academics to Value Black Lives Perspective and suggestions on learning and actions toward making positive change in academic institutions.
  29. Time to Get Real: What Black Faculty Need from White Faculty and Administrators in Interrupt Racism in Higher Education Specific recommendations from “two tenured Black women full professors who think it is ‘time to get real’ about what is needed from White colleagues to interrupt racism in higher education.
  30. The Case for an Anti-Racist Stance Toward Paying Off Higher Education’s Racial Debt, Estela Mara Bensimon, Provides several criteria “to construct anti-racist higher education policy.”
  31. Acknowledge – and Act “American higher education has failed Native American students again and again, and colleges and universities must critically examine their campuses and curricula, argues James A. Bryant Jr.”
  32. Asian Americans, Recognized at Last Overview, with linked references, regarding the experience and history of Asian Americans in the U.S. national narrative.
  33. More Than Just Words: Taking Antiracism Seriously  Commentary by Sasha Turner on Black Perspectives, with links to various background and contextual resources for additional information.
  34. Envisioning Higher Education as Antiracist “Krishni Metivier provides a checklist of key actions that colleges and universities should take.”
  35. The Antiracist College: This May Be a Watershed Moment In the History of Higher Education and Race Tom Bartlett provides examples of college and university statements on the need to address diversity and anti-racism.
  36. Addressing Anti-Asian Racism in the University Provides a list of suggestions to counter anti-Asian racism.
  37. The Diversity Conversation Colleges Aren’t Having Addresses issues of diversity perceptions and training for, and to benefit, students from abroad as a potentially critical blind spot for universities.
  38. Toward Inclusive STEM Classrooms: What Personal Role Do Faculty Play? Essay presenting a set of social science concepts related to prompting change in STEM education, including “recommended strategies for meaningful reflection and professional development.”
  39. Cognitive Reserve and Racial Privilege in STEM Blog post considering “questions about the unequal and invisibilized labor in STEM fields.”
  40. A Dozen-Plus Ways You Can Foster Educational Equity A practical list of actions recognizing that “non-Black faculty members have the power to help dismantle educational inequities.”
  41. Leaders Who Ignore Race in Higher Education Perpetuate Racial Injustice Commentary from the Education Trust, with reference to a report, that “only race-conscious policies can fix racism in higher education.”
  42. The Developmental Dimensions of Recognizing Racist Thoughts Based on longitudinal data, “this study focuses on understanding the developmental process that occurs when racist ideas are recognized as a part of college students’ thought processes.”
  43. Does Tenure Impede Diversity?  Argues that some practices related to the tenure system have the potential to decrease racial diversity in the ranks of faculty, and offers some suggestions for reform.
  • Websites
    1. The Global Postgraduate Diversity Resource – a CGS-ETS Joint Initiative  A digital repository of resources related to the international agenda for supporting diversity in graduate education, including resources on access, student success, mentoring, methods and metrics, curricular innovation, and case studies.
    2. Becoming Anti-Racist: Being a Better Advisor, Lab Mate, and Friend to Black Colleagues  Arranged in a slide-friendly format, information for having a conversation to “help non-black PIs, postdocs, and graduate students effectively support Black colleagues,” including data and suggestions regarding actions.
    3. Equity in Graduate Education Resource Center “Through research-practice partnerships with universities, disciplinary societies, and their members, our resources build capacity to equitably select and educate the next generation of American scholars.”
    4. Practical Steps for Supporting Social Justice & Addressing Inequities Suggestions for actions faculty and administrative leaders “can take to support social justice and to address inequities within graduate fields and academic departments.”
    5. Inclusive Practices Resource Guide, from the Inclusive Graduate Education Network Guidance and resources compiled by Julie R. Posselt, Casey W. Miller, and Stephanie Santos to support effective communication with graduate students about racial violence.
    6. Faculty Fighting Racism: Seek First to Understand, Then Take Action Example of a faculty-oriented set of resources at the University of Minnesota that encourage reading, watching, listening, and doing.
    7. Stanford SPARQtools “Digital toolkits that translate research into user-friendly formats that practitioners and educators can use to sparq psychological, behavioral, and societal change.  Each toolkit shares evidence-based materials and resources that can be put right to use to tackle issues …” See RaceWorks, Higher Ed Diversity and Inclusion Collection, Blocking Gender Bias, Team Up Against Prejudice, and others.
    8. Antiracist Pedagogy Collective Formed by graduate students at the University of Southern California, includes a library research guide with “resources for developing antiracists strategies, readings, and syllabi.”
    9. Anti-Racism Resources for the AAPI Community Compilation of resources including general advocacy regarding Asian American social justice issues, COVID-19, anti-Blackness, and anti-Asianism.
    10. Diversity and Inclusion Badge Program The University of Rhode Island’s “customizable micro-credential program aligned with URI’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice goals.”
    11. Diversity Development Certificate Program At Montana State University, a program that “offers a series of trainings to students, staff, and faculty to expand their awareness, knowledge, and skills related to diversity and inclusion to promote personal and professional growth.”
    12. Berkeley Graduate Division Graduate Diversity Task Force Includes specific recommended actions “to increase the enrollment of underrepresented, low socioeconomic status, and first-generation graduate students and to improve the campus experiences and academic outcomes for underrepresented graduate students across all” disciplines.
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