UW-Madison Says Racist Behaviors, Stereotyping, ‘Are Not Tolerated’

After racist, anti-Chinese graffiti appeared on University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus earlier this week, the university on Thursday issued a statement saying racist behaviors “are not tolerated” at the institution, reported Wisconsin State Journal.

The graffiti targeted people from or perceived to be from China and East Asia, and blamed China for the coronavirus, calling it “#CHINESEVIRUS.”

“It’s important to remember: No one person, country, or ethnicity created this pandemic — disease does not discriminate,” the university statement said. “We want to be clear that racist behaviors or stereotyping of any kind are not tolerated at UW–Madison — no matter if we are online, passing others in public, or quarantined at home.”

At a virtual town hall called Thursday, university officials said recent graffiti prompted 25 bias incident reports. And this semester, as many as 81 such reports have been filed, more than half of which allege discrimination against Asian or international students.

Read more: https://diverseeducation.com/article/171157/

Yale University Press Makes Digital Textbooks Temporarily Free For All Students

Yale University Press (YUP) has made its ebooks and digital textbooks free for all students until the end of the semester to help them transition to online learning during the coronavirus pandemic, reported Yale News.

“This is a challenging period for students as they finish their courses remotely without access to library stacks or textbooks that were left behind on campus,” YUP director John Donatich said. “It is our mission to inform and educate a diverse audience of readers, and we’re very happy to do our part to ease the transition to remote teaching and learning.”

YUP has arranged with digital content providers EBSCO, ProQuest, UPSO (Oxford) and De Gruyter to make a wide selection of ebooks accessible to students at no cost through their institutions’ libraries. It also has agreements with popular online textbook rental stores VitalSource and Chegg to give students access to electronic versions of textbooks they had purchased but can’t access due to the pandemic.

Read more: https://diverseeducation.com/article/171159/

Iowa State University Cuts Ties With Aide Involved in Blackface Controversy

Iowa State University has let go the student government’s staff adviser who posted a picture of himself in blackface on social media, said an Associated Press (AP) report on We Are Iowa.

(Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)

The adviser, Alex Krumm, resigned March 1 and received a $47,000 severance payout, weeks after student activists demanded his firing over a 2015 Instagram post in which he’s shown with his face painted black when playing a mime in a student production.

A separation agreement accessed by AP shows that Krumm and university president Wendy Wintersteen agreed that his continued employment was no longer “in their best interests.”

Read more: https://diverseeducation.com/article/171163/

How to Use Cue Cards for Your Remote Interview

As nearly all higher education professionals adjust to working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, so too are candidates interviewing mostly by phone or video conference. Although these types of interviews have typically been part of the search process, they may now be a candidate’s only chance to impress a hiring committee. While they present some challenges, they do allow you to use cue cards that you normally wouldn’t be able to rely on for in-person interviews. Here’s how to prepare your cards.

Read more: https://www.higheredjobs.com/articles/articleDisplay.cfm?ID=2185

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