Book of the Month
Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities
By Craig Steven Wilder
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press, New York
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution’s complex and contested involvement in slavery—setting off a controversy that leapt from the ivory tower to make headlines across the country. But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique. In Ebony & Ivy, Craig Steven Wilder, a rising star in the profession of history, lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy.
Many of America’s revered colleges and universities—from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to Rutgers, Williams College, and UNC—were soaked in the sweat, the tears, and sometimes the blood of people of color. The earliest academies proclaimed their mission to Christianize the savages of North America, and played a key role in white conquest. Later, the slave economy and higher education grew up together, each nurturing the other. Slavery funded colleges, built campuses, and paid the wages of professors. Enslaved Americans waited on faculty and students; academic leaders aggressively courted the support of slave owners and slave traders. Significantly, as Wilder shows, our leading universities, dependent on human bondage, became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained them.
Ebony & Ivy is a powerful and propulsive study and the first of its kind, revealing a history of oppression behind the institutions usually considered the cradle of liberal politics.
Lesbian Health & Research Center
At the Lesbian Health & Research Center we’re passionate about bringing people together for a greater purpose: to speed up the pace of research for the LBTQ community and to close the gap in LBTQ health disparities. We’re the only lesbian-focused health and research organization housed within one of the world’s premier health science institutions, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where we’re part of the School of Medicine (National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health) and the School of Nursing (Institute for Health & Aging).
Diversity WebAn Interactive Resource Hub for Higher Education
DiversityWeb is a project of AAC&U's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives (ODEGI). Central to the office's mission is the belief that diversity and global knowledge are essential elements of any effort to foster civic engagement among today's college students. To support those goals, the office helps colleges and universities establish diversity as a comprehensive institutional commitment and educational priority.
Providing national leadership, ODEGI supports colleges and universities in their efforts to create settings that foster students' understanding of the intersection between domestic and global issues and their sense of responsibility as local and global citizens. AAC&U works with campuses to cultivate productive public dialogues and community partnership to enhance democratic values and practices in our diverse but still unequal American society.
Office of Disability Employment Policy
United States Department of Labor
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2013 is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task."
NDEAM's roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month." Upon its establishment in 2001, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since.
Disability Discrimination in the Workplace
Duke Disability Management System
Accommodations, Accessibility, Assistance
The Disability Management System (DMS) provides leadership to the University and University Health System efforts to ensure an accessible, hospitable working and learning environment for people with disabilities while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations. They serve as a centralized clearinghouse on disability-related information, procedures and services.