Colleges and universities are reaffirming their commitment to recruit and retain faculty of color during this time of racial justice and reckoning, but many professors and instructors from underrepresented communities remain unconvinced that they’ll see lasting progress and equitable opportunities.
Women in academia were contending with gender and racial inequities well before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the research disruptions, child care demands, and overall strain of recent months have taken an especially large toll.
A new survey indicates that undergraduates seeking mentors are most likely to turn to professors. But for students of color, it’s a slightly different story.
Universities have long stated their intent to hire more Black faculty, but very few institutions have made significant progress.