Income inequality – the gap in incomes between the rich and poor – has increased steadilyin the United States since the 1970s. By one measure, the gap between Americans at the top and the bottom of the income ladder increased 27% from 1970 to 2016. However, the rise in inequality within America’s racial and ethnic communities varies strikingly from one group to another, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data.

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Many of the public battles for transgender students have centered on the bathrooms they want to use. And according to a new paper, gender-neutral restrooms are the accommodation transgender and gender-nonconforming college students want most on their campuses. But there’s much more on their wish lists that would make them feel safe and comfortable.

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YOU PROBABLY KNOW BY now that many, many antibiotics are prescribed inappropriately – when they couldn’t possibly be of help – like for viral infections since the medications only treat bacterial infections. In fact, research finds tens of millions of unnecessary antibiotic prescriptionsare written each year in the outpatient setting, like doctors’ offices, alone.

While certainly there are some clinical judgment calls, factors associated with this glut of overprescribing often have little or nothing to do with what’s in the patient’s best interest. Even the time of day a patient sees a doctor (later in the day) has been linked to a greater likelihood that person will be prescribed an antibiotic. What’s more, research finds factors from the doctor’s age (older doctors tend to prescribe more antibiotics than younger ones) to patient demographics – including race and age – are linked to variations in inappropriate antibiotic prescribing rates.

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In “Sorry to Bother You,” the wily satirical debut feature from Boots Riley, Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) lands a job at a telemarketing company, where the first rule is “Stick to the script.” He stumbles during his first few calls, unable to connect with the strangers on the other end of the line — that is, until an older colleague named Langston (Danny Glover) shares some advice: “Use your white voice.”

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I recently returned from China. I spent the summer teaching American law, in English. As a Chinese American, I must confess one of the most annoying statements that White Americans make is that, after they have been a tourist overseas, they understand what it is like to be a minority back home. Although I appreciate their gesture of empathy, I am compelled to explain why their analogy is not appropriate, and how it shows the asymmetry of race.

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Students of color can experience a variety of difficult situations contributing to experiencing greater psychological distress than white students: being victims of micro-aggressions and racism, Islamophobia, cyberbullying; encountering culture-related extreme expectations; and experiencing isolation and loneliness from the often vast differences between home culture and environment and that of school. Difficulties posed by these circumstances may be worsened when students lack a supportive social network and face barriers to seeking help.

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As Latinx postsecondary enrollments increase, understanding this population of students could cultivate more inclusive campus climates that enhance student success. Although often treated as a monolithic group in comparison to other racial groups, the Latinx population is remarkably diverse. Similar to another blog in this series on Pan-Asian student classifications, understanding the heterogeneity within this minoritized group can help colleges and universities intentionally serve Latinx students and promote their advancement.

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