Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Faculty Diversity Lags Increasing Student Diversity on College Campuses

As the nation’s college students are becoming more diverse, the demographics of the faculty who teach them are failing to keep up with the pace of change.

The same problem that school districts grapple within K-12 education – a shortage of Latino and black teachers – colleges and universities must also come to terms with as well.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that even in California – the state with the nation’s largest Latino population – universities aren’t keeping up. For example, at San Jose State University just 6 percent of the faculty is Latino; at the University of California, Berkeley 5 percent are Latino; and at Stanford University the faculty is 4 percent Latino.

San Jose State vice president for student affairs Bill Nance said the university has worked to recruit diverse faculty.

“Students need, want and deserve a diversified faculty to help them through the kinds of unique circumstances that vary from one particular student group to another,” Nance told the newspaper.

Graduate student diversity needs to be addressed to remedy the faculty shortage. The Mercury News points out that only 8 percent of the University of California system’s doctoral students are Latino. However, UC system president Janet Napolitano has allocated money to aid minority graduate students.

“You have to look at diversifying faculty on a longer time term,” Napolitano told the newspaper. “There’s a pipeline for faculty.”

Related Links:
White professors still dominate Bay Area colleges as student bodies grow more diverse, San Jose Mercury News
 Recruiting and Retaining Latino Faculty Members: The Missing Piece to Latino Student Success”