PCDI Resources

White Borrowers? Almost Paid Off. Black Borrowers? Still Indebted.

Twenty years after enrolling in college, the median white student-loan borrower will have paid off 94 percent of the debt he or she accumulated in that period. But the median black borrower for the same period will still owe 95 percent of his or her student-loan debt, according to a new report from the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University.
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Harvard's Implicit Bias Tests

Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.
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On the Importance of Diversity in Higher Education

The American Council on Education (ACE) has a longstanding record of commitment to access to higher education for all qualified Americans and to the advancement of equal educational opportunity. This commitment is reflected in ACE’s positions on public policy, its programmatic activities, and its employment practices. It has been expressed repeatedly in resolutions by the ACE Board of Directors regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, equity, equal opportunity, and admission standards.
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The Challenges to Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Campus

To succeed, diversity programs need campus-wide support. However, studies show that even those who value equality may unconsciously behave in discriminatory ways.[1] This is called having an unconscious bias. (You can assess your own biases through the Harvard Implicit Bias tests.) Here, we examine the most common biases and their effects on creating an inclusive campus.
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How Colleges Can Cultivate Students’ Sense of Belonging

A growing body of research has linked students’ sense of belonging on their campuses to a number of important outcomes, including their persistence in college and even their well-being. As a result, some colleges make an effort to help students — especially members of underrepresented groups — cultivate that sense. Two studies scheduled to be presented at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in New York on Saturday provide new insight into how they might do that.
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Faith Is the Diversity Issue Ignored by Colleges. Here’s Why That Needs to Change

I speak on more than 20 campuses a year, and one thing that has struck me recently is that nearly all of the colleges I visit are expanding diversity education. Whether it’s first-year orientation programs, new general-education requirements, or training that is mandatory for student leaders, engaging race, gender, and sexuality is fast becoming a standard part of a college education.
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