Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: 2020 Supplement Release
11/10/2020 12:00 PM
11/10/2020 1:30 PM
Format: Online
Program Type: Webinar

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​​​​Higher education in the United States is more diverse now than at any time in its history. However, despite the growth in access to higher education, the opportunities and experiences of students, faculty, and staff in higher education continue to vary along racial and ethnic lines. Understanding these variations is vital to ensuring that higher education fulfills its role in promoting social and economic mobility.

Join ACE for the online release of Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: 2020 Supplement. This supplement builds upon Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: A Status Report, and includes five major topics:

  • The academic experiences of students prior to college
  • Graduate and professional education
  • Postsecondary career and technical education
  • Student loan debt and repayment
  • Postsecondary faculty and staff

The report also seeks to address the ​dearth of data available for Native students, highlighting the role that Tribal Colleges and Universities play in serving N​ative students and communities.​

The status report and 2020 supplement are supported by the generous contributions of the Mellon Foundation.

For more information about the Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education project, please visit equityinhighered.org.


Sandy Baum, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Urban Institute

Carrie L. Billy, President and CEO, American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)

Lorelle Espinosa, Program Manager, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Kimberly Griffin, Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Faculty Affairs, College of Education, University of Maryland

Debra Humphreys, Vice President of Strategic Engagement, The Lumina Foundation

Ted Mitchell, President, American Council on Education

Travis Reindl, Senior Communications Officer, US Program Policy and Communications, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion and Professor of Education, University of California, Los Angeles

Philip Rogers, Senior Vice President, Learning and Engagement, American Council on Education

Morgan Taylor, Senior Research Analyst, American Council on Education

Jonathan Turk, Director of Research, American Council on Education


The release event will begin with a presentation of key findings from the 2020 supplement. Two moderated panel discussions will follow.

The first panel brings together experts in college preparation, student financial aid and debt, higher education faculty and leadership, and Tribal Colleges and Universities to discuss the implications of the 2020 supplement for policy and practice, and the changes that are needed to promote racial equity in higher education.

The second panel convenes representatives from major foundations to discuss the role that philanthropy can play in supporting research and practice work aimed at closing racial equity gaps in higher education.


12:00–12:05 p.m.: Introduction

12:05–12:20 p.m.: Presentation of Key Findings from Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: 2020 Supplement

12:20–1:00 p.m.: Moderated Panel Discussion 1

Unpacking the Data: Racial Equity for Students, Faculty, and Staff in Higher Education

1:00–1:30 p.m.: Moderated Panel Discussion 2

The Role of Philanthropy in Closing Racial Equity Gaps in Higher Education


​This online event took place on November 10, 2020. View recordings from the event at the Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education microsite.

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