Wednesday, September 17, 2014

University and state to employ higher proportion of people with disabilities

As a new state directive aims to increase the proportion of state employees with disabilities, the University of Minnesota is hoping to do the same.

Gov. Mark Dayton’s executive order issued last month would affect the future of Minnesota’s approximately 40,000 employees by requiring state agencies to design more inclusive recruitment and hiring tools, invest in additional human resources personnel and submit progress reports.

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Parents urged to talk to children about race

An Iowa law professor ended a presentation to Drake University students and faculty with a challenge: Talk to children about racial issues before other influencers get hold of them.

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Affirmative Action Revisited

In the aftermath of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, many colleges and universities were under external pressure to admit African-Americans for the first time, or increase their numbers. Many African-Americans of my generation were the beneficiaries of race-conscious decisions, and our numbers, unarguably, contributed to the emergence of a Black professional class in the succeeding decades.

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Study reveals Millennials oppose affirmative action

Millennials may frequently take more liberal stances on issues than their parents, but when it comes to affirmative action, this may not always be the case.

A survey conducted by MTV asked 3,000 Millennials ages 14 to 24 their thoughts on race-related issues, including affirmative action for college acceptance, in May. And what it found was seemingly paradoxical: 90 percent of Millennials surveyed “believe that everyone should be treated the same regardless of race,” yet 88 percent opposed affirmative action.

Thomas Greneker, a senior University of Georgia biology major from Valdosta, said it’s a “tricky debate” because diversity is so important. However, he said he does not think affirmative action is the fairest route to take when creating a diverse community.

“It’s not an equal approach in a push for equality,” Greneker said.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Lagarde favours affirmative action to boost 'womenomics'

THE best way to ensure that women secure key posts in government and in the private sector is through the introduction of formal "quota" systems, Christine Lagarde - the first woman to become managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - declared in Tokyo over the weekend during the World Assembly of Women.

A keynote speaker at the international event, Ms Lagarde said this in answer to a question from a Singapore delegate: that while she had initially been opposed to affirmative action for securing key positions for women in the public and private sectors, she had now changed her mind. Otherwise, "we could wait forever for change".

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How George W. Bush Benefited From Affirmative Action

The current public debate and wave of articles about how colleges can do a better job of providing access to students from low-income families -- including my own article,"Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic"(with Richard Kahlenberg) in Friday's New York Times -- reminds me that for over a century, most colleges have had an affirmative action policy for rich, well-connected white kids. It is called "legacy" admissions.

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A Showdown on the Pay Gap

Closing the persistent wage gap between men and women is important, not only as a matter of fairness but as a matter of rudimentary family economics: Women are the primary or co-breadwinner in more than 60 percent of American families. That makes it all the more urgent to address the conspicuous discrepancy that sees a woman working full-time making 77 cents on average against $1 for a man working full-time.

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