Transgender Employees and Overcoming Barriers to Employment

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“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do or achieve. Do what you want to do and be who you want to be. Just encourage and include each other, don’t ostracize the gender in front of you.”  
― Emma Watson 

SAT Race Gap Widens

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A new analysis of over 1.1 million applicants to the University of California system demonstrates that race matters when it comes to the SAT. The study used data from California residents who applied to UC schools between 1994 and 2011 to isolate factors known to contribute to SAT scores such as race, parental education, and socioeconomic status.

Businesses Reflect on Social Mobility in Madison

The Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison

“If not Madison now, then where and when?” Such is the question that economist and political theorist Richard V. Reeves intends to put before the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Reeves, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, will be addressing the Chamber of Commerce on social mobility and income inequality.

Writer's Experience Demonstrates Gender Bias in Publishing Industry

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Catherine Nichols had received around 50 rejections for the first few pages of her new manuscript when, frustrated, she sent it out to six new agents under the name “George Leyer.” Three of the six immediately replied with a request for more information. After sending out 50 more inquiries, Nichols noticed a pattern: she received eight times more positive responses by using the male pseudonym than by using her own name.

Deaf Advocacy Group Sues Harvard and MIT for Discrimination

Closed captions.

Earlier this year, the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) filed class action law suits against Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), arguing that their online video content lacked the captions necessary to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Harvard and MIT both publish extensive video content, much of it open to the public. Videos include course content associated with massive open online courses (MOOCs), lectures by distinguished speakers, and other educational materials.

UW Colleges' Lisa Hager on Planning Trans-Inclusive Conferences

All Gender Accessible Bathroom Sign

Lisa Hager’s essay in Inside Higher Ed, “Welcoming Trans Academics,” provides simple, actionable steps to take to make academic conferences more inclusive for transgender participants.

In the News: "Race for Results" Highlights Racial Disparities in Wisconsin

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Black children in Wisconsin face major disadvantages, according to last month’s “Race for Results” report. This report featured the sobering local results of the national “Kids Count” data, which ranked child well-being by race for all 50 states.

UW-Marathon County Recognized for Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion

UW-Marathon County's mascot, the husky

UW-Marathon County has been awarded the 2014 Program Achievement Award for their outstanding contributions toward creating a more diverse and inclusive campus climate. The Program Achievement Award, sponsored by OSER’s Wisconsin State Council on Affirmative Action (SCAA), recognizes “exceptional efforts” in recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty, and staff.

In the News: Foundational Study on Education Inequity Wraps Up

Children color in an elementary school classroom.

In 1982, when Johns Hopkins sociologists Karl Alexander and Doris Entwisle visited a first grade classroom in Baltimore, they were planning to collect data about how children adjust to their first year of school. Then they decided to extend their sampling period. Then they extended it again. Their study ended up running for twenty-five years and producing results that have changed the way we think about education and inequity.

In the News: #WhyIStayed Gives Voice to Victims of Domestic Abuse

Twiiter feed.

Women are increasingly turning to social media platforms like Twitter to respond to current events, voice their opinions, and connect with a community of likeminded peers. #WhyIStayed is the latest entry in what some are calling hashtag feminism.

#WhyIStayed started with one woman, Beverly Gooden, responding to the fallout of the Ray Rice scandal. After videos of Rice physically abusing his girlfriend (now wife) surfaced, some pundits and speculators questioned the victim’s motives: If the situation was so bad, why did she stay?

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