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2 ways to address systemic racism on your campus

October 20, 2021

It is a universal truth that human beings are visual creatures. If we can see a problem, there is a much greater likelihood that we can understand the root causes and find solutions. Unfortunately, many of the complex challenges we face in our society and in higher education are not easily visualized.

Enrollment and graduation data tell us that students are being lost between those two points, but they do not provide a clear picture of what the specific barriers to success are and how to address them.

Another thing the data confirms is that students of color, particularly Black and Latinx students, are still graduating at lower rates than their white counterparts. While systemic racism has come to the forefront of the national conversation over the last year, do we know how to identify it in our own institutions? What does systemic racism look like?

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