This is the best explainer ever about social class in universities. Please read and share, especially with the graduate admissions committee.
In PNAS, an opinion piece entitled, “Finding the plot in science storytelling in hopes of enhancing science communication”
Especially in light of the first link in this list, this article about recruitment strategies of prestigious universities makes me a little sick in my stomach. This describes how Pomona College — just down the road from me — is going to all of this trouble to recruit students from underrepresented minorities who rank as “top” — who have an academic record that can look impressive to people on admissions committees who lack a URM background. Meanwhile, there are students just nextdoor to Pomona who have the academic chops to excel there, but, well, they don’t look so good on paper so they just get wholly overlooked. This whole “quality URM students are hard to find” bullshit is so tiring.
Protests about Cornell, about lack of action to address racism on campus
Also, a professor who was convicted for soliciting sex from a minor was put on leave at RIT.
“Education, love and exemplary black people will not deliver America from racism…Racist ideas grow out of discriminatory policies…not the other way around.”
“‘Diversity'” has become a shorthand for the insertion of minority students into predominantly white academic spaces, while at the same time leaving untouched the historical enforcement of exclusion inherent from the inception of these institutions.
The text of the letter sent by a group of ecologists about their concerns about some incidents at this year’s ESA meeting is back online, along with the text of the responses from ESA.
Who Goes Nazi? (this was written in 1941)
I hope you have a nice weekend!