Hispanic Heritage Month

2019-11-06T06:40:11-05:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Diversity Celebrations|

Did you know that Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15-October 15?  Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the great diversity within the Hispanic community and to recognize the contributions they have made to our culture and country.  All too often I hear people speak of the Hispanic community as if they are monolithic, but the reality is, they are very diverse just like any other group.  Considering that our Hispanic population is [...]

Tammy L. Hodo, PhD – Where I’m from AND why it matters

2019-12-13T07:37:46-05:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

I am from Miller, Budweiser and Pabst, from the Great Lakes. I am a Midwesterner and have an appreciation of fresh water.  I am from tuna fish casserole, baked fish and homemade quiche.  I am from a woman who was disowned by her family because she fell in love with someone who didn’t resemble her family.  Whose bland food I remember as if I was eating it now and cooking it on my own.  Whose [...]

The Significance of Juneteenth Day to African Americans

2019-11-06T06:41:46-05:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Diversity Celebrations|

The 4th of July is right around the corner.  We will be celebrating our (America’s) independence from Britain, which is a major accomplishment considering we had to fight a war (Revolutionary) for America to gain its independence.  The thirteen colonies experienced taxation without representation, which was one of the driving forces behind the beginning of the War. Many considered harsh taxes through the Sugar and Stamp Act just to name a couple as justification for [...]

Personal Bias versus Institutional Racism

2019-11-06T06:42:19-05:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Articles|

Recently most people, to include myself, became aware of a racial bias allegation against Sephora, a beauty store chain, which sells multiple products for skincare and hair.  SZA, a Grammy nominated singer, tweeted about an incident in a California Sephora, where an employee called security on her because she wanted to ensure that she wasn’t stealing items.  This allegation shows how profiling certain people and making assumptions based on race, ethnicity, sexual identity or sex [...]

Demystifying Affirmative Action

2019-11-06T06:43:06-05:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Oftentimes we hear people talk about quotas for minorities and attribute it to reverse discrimination, which is an emotional response, or discrimination against those in the majority of American society but how do you know if what you have heard is correct? What if I told you that White Women have statistically been the primary benefactors of Affirmative Action, would your image of who is benefiting from Affirmative Action change? President John F. Kennedy signed [...]

Where Are The Minority Faculty In Academia?

2019-11-06T06:43:48-05:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Too often we hear about a lack of minorities with PhDs as the justification for the typically low percentage of minority faculty at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) but what if that is not statistically correct?! In 2017 as per the Survey of Earned Doctorates, which is conducted by the National Science Foundation, it was found that 6.7% of African Americans earned doctorates that year. Hispanics earned 7% of doctorate degrees in 2015, which is an [...]

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