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Even With Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges Than 35 Years Ago
Race and ethnicity still plays a big role in the quality of education available to underrepresented populations. Affirmative action increases the numbers of black and Hispanic students at many colleges and universities, but experts say that persistent underrepresentation often stems from inequity issues that begin earlier.
Elementary and secondary schools with large numbers of black and Hispanic students are less likely to have experienced teachers, advanced courses, high-quality instructional materials and adequate facilities, according to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
In the world of medicine, the term cultural competence refers to the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavior required of a healthcare professional to provide optimal care and services to patients from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
“When healthcare organizations fail to incorporate cultural diversity into their organizational culture, the organization also fails to provide the patient with comprehensive quality, patient-centered care. While healthcare should not primarily be viewed as a business initiative, it can be helpful to think of it in such terms when weighing the importance of a diverse workforce.” ~ Dr. Kristy Taylor, President of Heka Healthcare Consulting, LLC