Shariah Salahaladyn currently serves as the Graduate Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs and Diversity at Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. In this role, she participates in data collection and organization of Diversity in the Graduate school of Education. She also helps design and administer surveys, update the diversity website, and most importantly research literature and perform annotated bibliographies on diversity-related topics.
Salahaladyn’s professional experience as an undergraduate sparked her passion into higher education, she worked as a Step Student Diversity Coordinator (Student Titan Employment Program) where she organized events on campus for students of color inviting faculty and staff to learn
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We have seen in the past four decades race-based affirmative action programs that have arisen and fitfully developed through judicial challenges. As in most case, the best of intentions do not always lead to positive outcomes. Nothing could be more apt in describing the perilous position we have bestowed upon millions of minority students who have been admitted to higher learning institutions under the auspices of diversity. As illustrated by the standardized test and GPA numbers in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, the students admitted to the medical school of UC-Davis under their affirmative action policy were extraordinarily less qualified when compared to the student body as a whole. This not only unfairly displaced white and Asian students who would have otherwise been admitted to those spot on merit but also places those underperforming students in an environment in which they are destined to fail.
Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States founded primarily for the education of African Americans. Prior to the mid-1960s, HBCUs were virtually the only institutions open to African Americans due to the vast majority of predominantly white institutions prohibiting qualified African Americans from acceptance during the time of segregation. As such, they are institutional products of an era of discrimination and socially constructed racism against African Americans (Joseph, 2013). Successfully, millions of students have been educated in spite of limited resources, public contempt, accreditation violations, and legislative issues. The purpose of this research paper is to discuss
I have an innate want to succeed.” Kennedi, who received a scholarship to Howard University, the historically black university in Washington, D.C., describes her first impression of Howard University as a community filled with well-rounded black people, a notion that many others share with her. She also shared her favorite Howard memory: her first week on Howard’s campus when she first heard and sang the words to the Black National Anthem, “lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring,” in unison with hundreds of other Howard University students and staff all while holding up her fist. Although Kennedi’s first impression of Howard University is heart- warming.
Autobiographical Diversity Paper 1. Environment: I grew up in El Dorado, a midsize town in south central Kansas about 30 miles from Wichita. I used to refer to El Dorado as a small town until I came to Kansas State and met many other Kansans who were from towns with 500 or 1,000 people. That made El Dorado, with a population of 13,000, seem pretty big so I call it a midsize town now.
At my school, I am a co-leader of Sankofa, my school’s Black Awareness Club. We educate the student body on racial issues and have discussions about what it means to be black in our society. Throughout high school, I have helped this club grow from a few students to a flourishing space where students and teachers gather to better themselves and our school. After every event I feel progress being made. From the transformed way the members in my club interact in their community to the increasing number of curious new members, this club are advancing the presence of black students in my school.
In an email sent to students new and returning to the college the chancellor expressed his support for campus diversity. Michael L. Burke, Ph.D. and chancellor, condemned elements taking place in the country such as the muslim “travel ban”, the “singling out of transgender members of the Armed Services”, and “resurgence” of “white supremacist rhetoric” (Burke). The college is promoting diversity by taking a stance against groups that issues and groups that oppose diversity. The school is showing students that it cares and supports its diverse array of students. The school’s stance helps make students with different backgrounds feel more accepted because they are being protected.
It is clear that these institutions have played a critical role in shaping American society. HBCUs have a rich history of providing access to higher education for Black Americans during a time of slavery and institutional racism. Despite facing numerous challenges, including financial instability, declining enrollment, and perception issues, HBCUs have continued to produce successful graduates in various fields and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Looking towards the future, HBCUs have a unique opportunity to continue their important role in advancing social justice and promoting diversity in higher education.
“Affirmative Action may not be a perfect system, but there should be no doubt that it has endangered many successes. It has opened the doors of America’s most elite educational institutions to minority students, granting them unprecedented opportunities” (Ogletree 12). Thanks to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson a policy that prohibits employment and education discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, and sex is offered today to those who suffer from said discriminations (A Brief History). Affirmative action has opened abundant openings for minorities, allowing the cycle of going to college to be passed down generations and provided job opportunities that otherwise would not be considered by most. Affirmative
Before going out on a quest of our own making, know that we do not need to be career driven, rather career minded. “As higher education grows more expensive,” students “want to know if they are getting a good return on their investment,” as Appiah comments. Being in the minority ethnicity is hard to get an education, and is even more difficult
Delgado and Stefancic (2011) stated that Critical Race Theory explores how “race, racism, and power intersect to create different circumstances for people of color within society [...] and in postsecondary institutions” (as cited in Quaye, 2013, p. 172). Within the field of higher education, it is important for student affairs professionals to recognize how race permeates all aspects of an individual’s life to fully understand their students’ experiences. Unlike other student development theories, such as Baxter-Magolda’s (2008) self-authorship and Abes, Jones, and McEwen’s (2007) Model of Multiple Identities, CRT places race at the “center of the analysis and assumes that race is omnipresent” in an individual’s life (Quaye, 2013, p. 167).
Students belonging to Asian, Hispanic, and two or more racial demographics are expected to increase by 2025 (National Center for Education Statistics, 2016). As the population becomes more and more diverse, schools need to be aware of the unique problems students from minority groups potentially face. Cultural expertise
courses in college that have opened up my mind to the issue. The more information I learn about this issue, the more surprised I am that our society still exhibits bias, because as much as the United States preaches about equality, it appears as if society has segregation in minor ways. Although the debate between whether there are biased questions on the SATs or not seems to favor that there aren’t by popular opinions, there is still biased behavior occurring in school systems that prevent certain groups of students from getting the proper resources needed. Because I would like to work in an low-income area, which most likely would contain minorities, as a teacher I would make the effort to help those students get the sufficient help needed. This motivates me to become a part of the education field, because caring teachers are much needed in area like this.
PROMOTING WORKFORCE DIVERSITY “We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.” — Max de Pree Workforce diversity, in simple terms is, a workforce consisting of a rich mix of employees from different backgrounds- race, age, gender, culture, ethnicity etc. From the abundance of different minds, comes numerous creative and inspired ideas. Diversity in the workplace brings with it a host of potential benefits for the company.
Education systems do not reflect the concept of “imaginary cosmopolitanism,” due to the fact that people within specific social groups listen solely to themselves as opposed to becoming radial listeners to the issues that create social injustice and racial inequality. All people need to engage in universal conversation by advocating social change against the oppression of racial groups in America. Bethany Johnson-Javois mentioned in her lecture that “a lack of communication and collaboration are the reason why people are being silenced and progress is being impeded towards safety in this country” (Javois 2017). She mentioned that the field of academia has played the most important role in bridging the gap towards improving racial equality.