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2016: State of Students of Color and American Indian Students

This report goes beyond sharing the data of conventional academic outcomes. To merely do that would simply tell us what we already know: Students of color and American Indian students in the aggregate will have lower outcomes than White students (and often even lower than poor white students). This report aims to arm the reader with a working frame of how to understand the systemic context that powerfully shapes and produces racial inequities in academic outcomes.

We can use the data to “try harder” at making that system work for our racially diverse student body or, we can choose to learn the painful lessons of how structural racism prevents us from having the dignified, high quality educational system most of us want.

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