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Posted November 9, 2005
Padilla, Education Projects Manager (206) 240 5800
MAVIN FOUNDATION RELEASES REPORT ON HOW U.S. COLLEGES CLASSIFY MIXED
(Seattle) Today, MAVIN Foundation, in partnership with
the Level Playing Field
Institute, released a groundbreaking report outlining the way that
U.S. colleges and universities identify their students who belong to
more than one race. For over one year, MAVIN Foundation surveyed nearly
300 two and four-year institutions of higher learning to determine how
they classified multiracial and multiethnic students.
Despite a 1997 Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandate,
which requires federal agencies to allow Americans to “mark one
or more races” on forms, the MAVIN Foundation report found that
the overwhelming majority of schools (73%) do not offer multiracial
students the ability to accurately identify their heritage. Only nine
schools (3%) met federal standards and encoded that data faithfully.
“Without appropriate data collection and encoding methods at U.S.
colleges and universities, thousands of multiracial students are being
ignored”, says Alfredo Padilla, MAVIN Foundation’s Education
Projects Manager, and the report’s author. Race and ethnic data
are used by schools to evaluate diversity, target programs to appropriate
audiences, and better meet the needs of their student body. Census 2000
marked the first time that Americans could identify as belonging to
more than one race - over seven million did so. Today, in states like
California, Washington and Oregon, more mixed race babies are born than
any other race but Caucasian.
The release of this report, titled, “One Box Isn’t
Enough: An Analysis of How U.S. Colleges and Universities Classify Mixed
Heritage Students,” is the first in a series of initiatives
that the MAVIN Foundation is taking to engage with educational institutions
to help them better meet the unique needs of their multiracial students.
MAVIN Foundation builds healthy communities that celebrate and empower
mixed heritage people and families. Since 1998, MAVIN has invested over
$2.5 million into innovative and award-winning projects
focused on mixed heritage people, transracial adoptees, and multiracial
families. For more information, visit www.mavinfoundation.org.
The Level Playing Field
Institute is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that promotes innovative
approaches to fairness in higher education and workplaces by removing
barriers to full participation. They have participated in and funded
activist research that explores stereotyping, bias and exclusionary
behaviors in the workplace. In addition, their programs bridge resource
gaps for talented underrepresented students from secondary through graduate
school. Visit: www.lpfi.org.
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Download a PDF
of the report, "One Box
Isn't Enough: An Analysis
of How U.S. Colleges and Universities Classify Mixed Heritage Students"