The Continuing Significance of Racism


The American Council of Education ( published a report called, “The Continuing Significance of Racism: U.S Colleges and Universities” under the guidance of the Office of Minority Education.

Unfortunately you have to buy the report! It is not readily available or widely disseminated. Now think about it. There aren’t that many of us in academia who wake up in the morning and worry about racism in academia. We have seen it, we know it exists, we know how to ignore it, and we certainly know not to talk about it and definitely not to write about it. The code of silence serves us well.

So when an organization like ACE forms a commission and publishes a report, why would they not generously disseminate the report and create a national conversation around it? Why not? Because like many other reports, the work ends when the report is published! A sound bite on the evening news about the plight of women and minorities, a couple of interviews here and there, and life returns to normalcy. There is one quote in the report that is available on the net and here it is:

For today’s higher education leaders to be bold and innovative, they must ensure that the college settings ar truly hospitable toward and supportive of student, faculty, and staff from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. These leaders need to hear and take very seriously the voices of students and faculty of color.

Job done.

About Dr. Gupta

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the Founder and President of STEM.SMART, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the pipeline of U.S students interested in STEM careers. In addition, she is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student recruitment services that serves as an extension to the recruitment offices of U.S. universities.

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