Akilah Carter-Francique

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Mentors needed to model success




To be a mentor these days, especially to Black youngsters, doesn’t take a lot of academic letters behind one’s name. It just takes someone committed to the next generation’s success. “I think mentoring is extremely important for the growth and development of our young children, especially African American boys and girls,” explains Minneapolis Public Schools Diversity and Equity Director James Burroughs. His office runs a program called 100 Strong Who Care. Started in 2009, the program uses local volunteers who regularly visit MPS schools as tutors, classroom assistants and after-school program supporters. Continue Reading →

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College sport management remains overwhelmingly White, male



A reported all-time high of 17 Black head college football coaches this season looks promising, but only if we overlook the continued poor diversity numbers in key leadership positions at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) or Division I schools and conferences. Dr. Richard Lapchick’s annual college sport race and gender report card was released last week by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES), which Lapchick heads at the University of Central Florida. He pointed out that White men hold 90 of the 120 presidents positions (75 percent) and 101 of the 120 athletic director positions (84.2 percent) at FBS schools. Whites overall hold 333 of the 365 campus leadership positions, and White women hold 64 of these positions, he added. “College sports is still far behind professional sports regarding equal opportunities for the top jobs,” wrote Lapchick. Continue Reading →

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