Race + Diversity

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There is a huge gap in the U.S. education system when it comes to who has the opportunity to take a full range of math and science classes. That gap is probably most obvious for Native American students, and it deeply affects who is making strides in STEM education and related careers.
Nov. 17, 2021
John McWhorter Woke Racism
The anti-racist movement is aimed at having people take a more active role in calling out and preventing racism. But author and Columbia University professor John McWhorter has expressed unhappiness with that and similar movements.
Nov. 17, 2021
marijuana
A new investigation from the Arizona Republic finds cannabis convictions in the state disproportionately impact people of color, and that their first conviction on a pot charge often led to other charges, once they were released from prison.
Nov. 17, 2021
Katie Hobbs
A federal judge Tuesday denied a bid by the Senate to overturn a $2.75 million discrimination award against the Senate, leaving Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and state Democrats scrambling to blunt the effects of the verdict on her gubernatorial ambitions.
Nov. 16, 2021
Sarra Tekola
Three ASU students of color who were involved in a September incident at a new multicultural space said administrators have dropped most charges against them.
Nov. 16, 2021
phoenix city hall
Phoenix is preparing to open the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as part of the budget approved by the City Council earlier this year.
Nov. 16, 2021
Kisha Gulley family
In the lucrative world of new motherhood, social media influencers can be especially influential. But an Associated Press reporter noticed something about mom influencers: They’re overwhelmingly white.
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Nov. 16, 2021
Indigenous woman led the 2019 Phoenix Women's March
The crisis of violence against Native American women has gotten more attention. But a new report from the Government Accountability Office shows we don’t actually know the extent of the problem. Gretta Goodwin is the director of Homeland Security and Justice for the GAO.
Nov. 15, 2021
Tempe City Hall
Tempe has approved the CROWN Act, which bans discrimination in schools and workplaces based on hairstyles.
Nov. 15, 2021
The Maricopa County Community College District building.
The Maricopa Community College Foundation has been awarded a $500,000 two-year grant for scholarships for Black and Hispanic students.
Nov. 12, 2021
ASU Multicultural Center
A group of Arizona State University instructors and others are standing behind students of color who are facing potential disciplinary actions over a September incident at a recently opened multicultural center.
More Arizona education news
Nov. 5, 2021
Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center in Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix has built up around the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center near Margaret T. Hance Park. And this year, the center is celebrating its centennial.
Nov. 5, 2021
Indigenous woman led the 2019 Phoenix Women's March
The Government Accountability Office has released a report on the issue of missing or murdered Indigenous women.
Nov. 3, 2021
A new book of personal stories about Black residents of Arizona was released last month. The work is a continuation of a project that seeks to expand the story of “The Great Migration.” Its curator is now offering workshops to further discussions about parts of history that’s often under-studied.
Nov. 2, 2021
A mural of poet Amanda Gorman
What do a Valley novelist, tireless advocate of the arts and poet in her own right, and a teacher/spoken word artist in Phoenix have in common? They are our three guests who thread that needle through this tapestry we call Word. It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region, created and hosted by KJZZ’s Tom Maxedon.
Oct. 24, 2021
Tempe City Hall
The Tempe City Council met Thursday night to discuss the renaming of several parks and schools in the city after discovering they were named after former Ku Klux Klan members. But the process is just getting started.
Oct. 22, 2021
A new print anthology entitled, “Indiscernibles in Arizona,” is now available. It’s part of an attempt to expand the story about “The Great Migration,” when millions of Black people left the South for the North, Midwest and West during the 20th century.
Oct. 21, 2021
Tempe City Hall
Tempe councilmembers this week will discuss a recommendation to rename several city parks, streets and neighborhoods named for individuals who were recently discovered to be members of a local Ku Klux Klan chapter in the 1920s.
Oct. 16, 2021
On this first October offering of “Word,” wanderlust is our theme. We explore what Valley teacher and writer Marla-Tiye Vieira, southern New Mexico scholar, fiction writer and poet Ana Castillo, as well as longtime producer of Anthony Bourdain’s TV shows, Tom Vitale, have to contribute to our itinerary.
Oct. 10, 2021
people holding hands
The elderly care industry is about to boom — mainly because there are about to be so many more people over the age of 65 in the country. But there are big issues facing that industry.
Oct. 7, 2021

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