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Who qualifies for Disparity Bowl 2014?


The University of Minnesota has the 11th-worst graduation gap between Black and White football players among the 76 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools playing in this year’s bowl games. According to a study by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) using 2012-13 NCAA statistics released Monday, the Gophers, who are scheduled to play Missouri January 1 in the Citrus Bowl, have a 32 percent graduation gap — 52 percent for its Black players as opposed to 84 percent for its White players. Minnesota is one of 15 schools whose Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for Black football players is at least 30 percentage points lower than for White players. TIDES Director Dr. Richard Lapchick noted in his annual “Keeping Score When It Counts” report on bowl teams that the “substantial gap between White and African American football student-athletes remained large” despite a slight increase in the overall athlete GSR for the bowl-bound teams from a year ago from 72 percent in 2013 to 73 percent this year. Florida State’s 43 percentage gap between its Black players (57 percent) and its White players (100 percent) is the worst, although Blacks there nevertheless graduate at a higher rate than at the U of M.

“The gap between White and African American football student-athletes continues to be a major issue standing at 18 percent this year,” continues Lapchick. Continue Reading →

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Conference brings Black environmental thought to Twin Cities

Everyday Black folks missing from the eco-dialogue

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Tuskegee University hosted the first-ever Black Environmental Thought (BET) conference in 2007. The University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Center hosted last weekend the second such event on September 21-23. The U-M’s African American and African Studies (AAAS) department, the Institute for Advanced Study and St. Paul-based AfroEco were key organizers of BET II, which was billed for Black scholars, activists, farmers and other environmentalists “to engage in translocal and transnational dialogues about environmental justice.”

“It took us five years to do this again,” proclaimed U-M Professor Rose Brewer in her welcoming remarks. AAAS Chair Keith Mayes added that too often “Black folk and people of color are left out of the [environmental] discussion.”

Environmental issues are “fundamental Black issues,” noted AfroEco’s Sam Grant. Continue Reading →

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