June 12, 2020 | :
It happened again. I recently received an email inviting me to register for a panel discussion on the effects of Covid-19 on higher education. The panel included several people I know; I respect each person on the panel, and all of their work. But there was a problem, and you probably already know what it was. Everyone on the panel was White. Across a full panel of experts discussing this of all topics, how could there not be a single voice from a person of color?
Since then, Pew Research Center has published new data showing, “Black Americans account for about 13% of the U.S. population but 24% of the coronavirus deaths.” In Washington, DC, where I live, less