ERIC Number: EJ1086971
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 26
Increasing Racial Diversity in the Teacher Workforce: One University's Approach
Hrabowski,, Freeman A., III; Sanders, Mavis G.
Thought & Action, p101-116 Win 2015
In 2014, for the first time in U.S. public schools, the percentage of Hispanic, African American, Asian, and other students of color exceeded the percentage of white students, creating a majority-minority system that reflects the mosaic of cultures, experiences, languages, and religions that characterize this nation. In stark contrast, an overwhelming number of their teachers--84 percent -- are white. In fact, more than 40 percent of public schools in the U.S. do not have a single teacher of color. This student-teacher diversity gap, also referred to as the demographic gap, has drawn increased attention from educators and parents over the past three decades. Yet it remains pronounced, requiring intentional action from critical stakeholders, including federal and state policymakers, school system officials, and faculty and administrators in schools, colleges, and departments of education in partnership with colleagues throughout the university. In this article, the authors describe the extent of the diversity gap nationally and in the state of Maryland, where their campus--the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)--is located. They further describe how the framework that emerged from UMBC's Meyerhoff Scholars Program has been applied to their Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program, designed to increase the diversity of UMBC's teacher candidates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) certification areas. Finally, they discuss plans to expand their use of the framework to increase the diversity of teacher candidates across all certification areas offered at the university.
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Diversity (Faculty), Ethnic Diversity, College Faculty, Minority Group Students, Racial Differences, Partnerships in Education, Scholarships, STEM Education, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs, Whites, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland