News Highlights: Week of April 24

Diversify or else: This Missouri medical school’s urgent plan to save its accreditation, by Max Blau of Stat News

A midwestern medical school is struggling to recruit and retain diverse students and faculty. The reporters outline ways people of color do not feel welcome on campus– such as being mistaken for service people. The upshot is an education with gaps. As one student put it,  “Not having that identity present in the room can mean we miss topics entirely.”

Minority grad students less likely to submit work for publication, by Devin Powell of Science Magazine

Publishing is critical to an academic career. A new study finds that minority Ph.D. candidates are publishing half as many papers as their non-minority male peers. Why? One reason, according to the researchers, is that minority students are less likely to be encouraged to publish by faculty.

Feeling Like Impostors, by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf of Inside Higher Ed

Doubts about one’s accomplishments despite evidence to the contrary, often called “imposter syndrome”, can be compounded if you’re part of an underrepresented group. A new study finds students deal with imposter syndrome and more anxiety and depression according to the level of prejudice they experience. As the author notes, further study should explore how this plays out differently for Black, Hispanic, and Asian students.

Here’s Why Your Company Is Still So White, by Francesca Levy and Rebecca Greenfield of Bloomberg

This week, the podcast “Game Plan” explores how corporate leaders can diversify their companies and the common challenges they face doing so. If your “star engineer” is detrimental to an inclusive company culture, would you be willing to fire them? What if that meant product delivery delays? The discussion also focused on using new technology to take an active approach to inclusion.

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