Education Policy & Practice

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I couldn’t “tweet in” last night, but EducationCEO was there.  Check out her reflection on her blog.  I am fascinated by the power of technology to bring a group of people together and discuss such a critical issue as Black Education.  If you missed it or just want to go back to it, check out the transcript below.

And a big thank you goes out to Twitter’s very own @journalproject for organizing the chat.


This is my first “Dialogue” post.

I realized that I often engage in education-related conversations. I know that others do, too, and I wonder what they talk about. What issues are raised? What solutions are posed? What frustrations are expressed? I’ve decided to make an effort to share my dialogues with you. Since we are in the age of instant messaging, I will sometimes be able to share actual conversations, as I do in this post. My friend and I are 20-something, minority, education researchers who earned master’s degrees and will earn doctorates one day. We easily keep in touch through instant messaging and often jump from topic to topic. Here’s a short exchange with personal relevance.

Friend: Did you know that the percentage of African-American principal investigators of research project grants has never topped 2%??

Me: No … tell me more

Friend: Thats all I know. It is NIH data; the numbers were between 1.3% and 1.8% from 2000 to 2006and apparently the numbers are a little better for Hispanics but aren’t getting much better.

Me: So what’s the cause? Not enough minority education researchers? (Didn’t we talk about this with Jan?) Not enough, ahem, minority Ph.Ds? Yep, I did talk to Jan about this; that’s part of the reason why she told me to get my butt back in school.

Friend: Not enough minority PhDs. LOL. You better. And it’s projected that by 2030, that 1/3 of the workforce will be people of color. And we are slacking.

Me: You’re right, that’s depressing.

Friend: Oh, and according to this article, students’ SES and lack of wealth often prevent minorities from getting doctoral degrees since its a long process and many minority students find it necessary to obtain employment to support themselves and their families.

Me: So true.

Education Policy & Practice

October 2021

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