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Gateway Cities News: Universities have a serious data gap on race

"Universities have a serious data gap on race. How can we tell if there’s a problem if we don’t measure it?" Article published in University Affairs magazine by Carl James, Karen Robson & Kelly Gallagher-Mackay

May 19, 2017

A recent report showed 63 of 76 Canadian universities could not provide data about their racial demographics – because they haven’t asked their students. It is ironic that institutions dedicated to inquiry and intellectual pursuit, and invested in the promotion of research to provide the evidence behind policies and action, have not collected and publicly reported on the racial demographics of their students. Expressions of support for diversity that aren’t backed up by data represent a profound failure of universities to accept their obligations under human rights law. Keep readingUniversities have a serious data gap on race.