Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and Clemson has many events scheduled to commemorate it. From the Clemson Black History Month webpage: “This year, our theme is #BlackEffect: Melanated & Educated. Follow us on social media using the hashtag #CUBlackEffect throughout the month of February.” In particular, the Black History Month Keynote address will be delivered by David Banner on February 26.

AMS: Sexual Harassment and a “Call to Action”

This AMS blog post addresses several aspects of sexual harassment in the mathematical sciences. In particular, it discusses

  • the Fellow revocation policy adopted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • the NSF’s new policy that requires “awardee organizations to notify the agency of (1) Any findings or determinations that an NSF-funded principal investigator or co-principal investigator committed harassment, including sexual harassment or sexual assault. (2) The placement of the principal investigator (PI) or co-principal investigator (co-PI) on administrative leave, or of the imposition of any administrative action relating to a harassment or sexual assault finding or investigation.”

Chronicle Focus Collections

The Chronicle of Higher Education has created a series of “focus collections” many of which deal with issues of diversity. (The link here should work on-campus or off-campus, though off-campus access may require logging in with credentials. Alternatively, these collections are available to individual Chronicle subscribers here.) Collections include the following:

  • Creating a Diverse Faculty
  • Confronting History on Campus
  • Handling Sexual-Assault Accusations
  • Campus Clashes over Free Speech
  • Sexual Boundaries for Professors
  • Dealing with Controversial Speakers on Campus
  • The New Landscape for International Students
  • Battling Sexual Assault on Campus
  • From the Reservation to College
  • How to Help First Generation Students Succeed

Silent Sam

Another turbulent issue from 2018 was the statue “Silent Sam” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The confederate monument was toppled by protesters. Afterward, the university proposed a $5 million history building on campus that would house the statue. Some graduate students held a grading strike over the statue, and the UNC board of Governors rejected the building plan. As far as we know, the statues future is still up in the air.

Title IX Proposed Changes and Comment Period

One of the most high profile higher ed diversity news items of 2018 was the Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX. The proposed changes are significant and contentious. The official comment period ends January 28, 2019.


As the JMM draws near, here are two inclusion/exclusion blog posts (one old, one new) to consider. (The inclusion/exclusion blog is an AMS blog “about underrepresented groups in mathematics.”)

We can be better, by Brian Katz. “As many of us look forward to the sense of community at the Joint Meetings this week, we should remember that conferences include many situations that are fraught with the danger of harassment and alienation, especially for people in our community with less power or privilege. We can be better….”

Diversity, equity, and inclusion at the JMM 2019, by Adriana Salerno. A “roundup of diversity and inclusion events, talks, panels, receptions, happening at the meetings.”