July 9, 2013
By Catharine B. Hill The Supreme Court's decision in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case finally arrived, with a call for lower courts to now decide whether universities' admissions policies involving race are tailored narrowly enough. A university is to demonstrate, "before turning to racial classifications, that available, workable race-neutral alternatives do not suffice. " In anticipation of this decision, many have been arguing that socioeconomic status, rather than race, can be used as an alternative to effectively support diversity in higher education.
June 24, 2013 |
WHEN KETTIE Eugene arrived in Oxford Circle from her native Haiti 11 years ago, she brought along her parents' attitude toward growing your own vegetables. "If you don't grow, you don't eat," Eugene said on a recent Sunday morning, tending the plants in her raised bed at the Take Back Your Neighborhood community garden, dressed in an elegant red outfit because she had come directly from early Mass at Our Lady of Ransom Church. Being the best-dressed urban gardener in Northeast Philadelphia didn't cramp Eugene's style as she hand-watered her cucumbers, zucchini, snow peas, collard greens, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and cabbage with a sprinkler can, and planted marigolds to keep the ladybugs away.
June 14, 2013 |
HERE'S A SNAPSHOT of the makeup of the building-trades union members in Philadelphia at the end of 2007: 99 percent male, 74 percent white and 70 percent living in the suburbs. Not exactly a diverse workforce. City Council and Mayor Nutter certainly didn't think so. "Economic apartheid," the mayor called it. In a get-tough mood, Council passed resolutions requiring 50 percent of the workers on the soon-to-rise $760 million expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center be minorities and women.
May 30, 2013
If nothing else, you can count on bridal fashion coverage to be beautiful. But it's often lacking in diversity: one stunning bride, one handsome groom. We asked readers to submit photos from their same-sex weddings so we can feature the style apparent in all marriage ceremonies, whether it's from two stunning brides or two handsome grooms.
May 22, 2013 |
THERE'S a well-documented lack of diversity in Hollywood, but Councilman David Oh's Black Film Advisory Committee (BFAC) aims to shine a spotlight on black filmmakers in Philadelphia. The Committee strives to create a cultural and creative hub for anyone interested in working in the movie business, especially minorities. Kimberley Richards, special assistant to the councilman and coordinator of the committee, is in the process of planning the BFAC's second event - "The Return of 'The Set,' " a networking affair that brings together people from all aspects of film production - from producers to on-set caterers.
May 22, 2013 |
Urban Outfitters Inc. is the high-profile local company that shareholder activists are targeting once again over a lack of diversity on its board of directors. Specifically, the sponsors of a proposal listed in the Philadelphia retailer's 2013 proxy statement want Urban Outfitters to broaden the pool of candidates it considers in order to change a seven-person board that includes no women or minorities. The proposal, on the ballot for next Tuesday's annual meeting, is being sponsored by pension funds for New York City and Connecticut, retirement plans for Catholic and Lutheran ministries, and Bethesda, Md.-based Calvert Investment Management Inc. , which practices a socially responsible investing strategy.
May 22, 2013 |
A US Airways executive told the Independence Business Alliance on Monday that Philadelphia's largest airline was pursuing and seriously committed to diversity in its workforce. Suzanne Boda, one of the three highest-ranking women at US Airways and the executive overseeing the airline's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employee group - called Spectrum - said that from chief executive officer Doug Parker down, US Airways was "proud of our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
May 18, 2013 |
Student enrollment at the nation's 105 historically black colleges and universities has become increasingly diverse, while the institutions continue to face challenges in graduation rates, fund-raising, and other areas, according to a report by a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. The report includes elite institutions such as Morehouse and Spelman Colleges and Howard University, and local universities including Cheyney and Lincoln. It was prepared by higher education professor Marybeth Gasman, who studies historically black universities, and her research team.
April 9, 2013 |
The topics ranged from love and sex to history and time, but it was all poetry in motion Sunday at the Arts Bank in Center City. Among the recitals was a graphic short poem by Lamont B. Steptoe, "New Orleans," that described having nonviolent, sexual fun with women in the Big Easy. "Most people can't pull that off," Sean Lynch, 20, said. "It's so hard to pull off being vulgar in poetry. " Lynch, a student at Rutgers University's Camden campus, said he had been writing poetry for a decade but performed for the first time in a public forum during Sunday's 17th annual Poetry Ink. Lynch said Steptoe inspired him to go public.
April 8, 2013 |
We know Johns Hopkins University is devoted to diversity, because it says so. Its "Diversity and Inclusion Statement," a classic of the genre, says the university is "committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion . . . by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students. " Hopkins has an Office of Institutional Equity and a "Diversity Leadership Council" that defines "inclusion" as "active, thoughtful, and ongoing engagement with each other. " Unless you are a member of Voice for Life, an antiabortion group.