As the inaugural chief diversity officer at Saint Mary’s College of California, Tomas Gomez-Arias draws on what he has learned as a professor of marketing and global business.

As he did his research, he says, he saw how multinational companies “work in different environments and regions with work forces with different languages, different religions, different races, different cultures, in a very substantial way.”

Cultural differences should be seen as assets that can make an organization more dynamic, innovative, and productive, he concluded, instead of as a “problem” that has to be solved.

 

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McGraw-Hill Education has taken the unusual step of withdrawing a textbook and planning to destroy all copies of it — following criticism that four maps in the book are inaccurate and anti-Israel.

The book is a political science textbook, Global Politics: Engaging a Complex World. The McGraw-Hill Education website no longer features the book. But a page on Amazon describes the book this way: “This contemporary presentation stresses the importance of global events and offers students a number of lenses through which to view the world around them.”

 

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Vanita Gupta, head of the civil rights division, Justice Department, assured in a talk in New Jersey, on Tuesday, the United States would continue vigorous enforcement measures against religious discrimination and bullying in schools, especially against Muslims and people of Arab or South Asian descent and people perceived to be members of these groups.

 

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Many school pupils feel frustrated and bored during the hours they have to hunch over their books feverishly memorising formulas that seem irrelevant to their lives – and most likely will be quickly forgotten once their final exams are over.

Research indicates that although standardised tests may adequately measure a student’s knowledge, they are a poor yardstick when it comes to highlighting other aspects and abilities – such as collaboration, character, teamwork and leadership skills – that are arguably more important when wanting to achieve success in the real world.

 

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From Diverse: Issues in Higher Education: “We can all agree that building a more diverse corps of teachers is important. While only a few studies have examined the role of teacher diversity in student achievement, there’s some evidence that students may learn more when taught by a teacher of their same race and that, on average, Black teachers hold higher expectations for Black students. But just recently we learned the troubling findings from a Shanker Institute report that the number of Black teachers working in some of our largest school districts is on the decline.”

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From The Columbia Daily Herald: “The Higher Education Subcommittee, which I chair, met this week to discuss several important matters affecting our state’s colleges and universities. This includes the structure of Tennessee’s higher education governance system, the scope and amount of public money spent on diversity programs, and campus safety.”

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