Students offer suggestions for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion during forum

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Jacqueline Flynn Jacqueline Flynn Linkedin Jacqueline Flynn Facebook New Associate Director of Admission for transfer students to be hired by December Seniors reflect on their time as a Horned Frog Welcome TCU Class of 2025 ReddIt + posts Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printStudents gathered in groups to speak about any micro-aggressions, discrimination or misrepresentation they experienced in the TCU community during a forum Monday.The first day of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) forum also served as a brainstorming session for students to share their ideas of how to fix the issues regarding DEI within the TCU community.“TCU needs to put their money where their mouth is and invest in diversity centers,” one anonymous student said.Other suggestions included a required DEI training for faculty and staff to help enhance the professor’s understandings of all students’ backgrounds.Historically, TCU has been a predominately white campus with 68.1 percent of the current undergraduate student body comprised of white students, according to the TCU Fact Book. The lack of diversity is seen throughout the administration with faculty and administration mirroring similar demographics. “We’re sitting here talking about diversity we don’t even have,” said another anonymous student during the forum. The forum’s objective is to provide a platform for TCU students’ voices, experiences and ideas to be heard.“The format for the forum was guided by a forum that the University of Michigan did,” said Hope Bentley, the Director of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for SGA. “The main goal is to listen to students regarding issues of DEI on campus and the current DEI plan.”With 82 percent approval, TCU’s Student Government Association passed a bill Tuesday night that will implement an emphasis on DEI into the already existing TCU Core classes. It would not be an additional requirement for the students; however, it will provide a change in the curriculum of the courses to emphasize DEI topics. This proposal, led by Bentley, was presented to the TCU Board of Trustees Nov. 9. The final decision on whether to implement a DEI emphasis within the core curriculum will be voted on by the TCU Faculty Senate.“While I hope that TCU students are always able and willing to have conversations about diversity and inclusion on campus, it is so important that have these forums to have open and honest conversations about what we can improve on,” said Student Body President, Abbey Widick.An email was sent out to all students advertising the forum.A student facilitator at the forum, Dominique Cooke, hopes the discussion will provide ideas to make TCU a more inclusive campus for all their students. Previous articleYoung and dangerous: How first-years McCall, Clark overcame adversity, outmatched expectationsNext articleWhat we’re reading: Trump, Putin, Cohen…the list goes on Jacqueline Flynn RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

How Political Affiliation Impacts Housing Policy Outlook

first_img 2020-10-29 Christina Hughes Babb  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago October 29, 2020 945 Views Americans responded questions related to housing policy in an early October Redfin survey of over 3,000 U.S. adults. Researchers asked about respondents’ views on down payment assistance, government incentives to create low-income housing, view on government incentives for builders to create more housing (of any type), and opinion of policies that either reduce or enhance zoning restrictions on the density of housing that can be built near where they live.The researchers also asked respondents who they are voting for, in order to compare the opinions of Biden voters with those of Trump voters.“Housing is one of the few types of policies that does not fall neatly into liberal or conservative camps,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “While many Americans across both major parties can agree that there’s a need for more housing—particularly affordable housing—both Democrats and Republicans are reluctant to see their own neighborhoods become more dense. This will be a challenge for those elected into local, state and federal offices next week, but hopefully politicians will work together to create bipartisan housing reforms like down payment assistance or incentives to build more affordable homes.”According to the report, summarized by analyst Tim Ellis at Redfin, 61% of Biden voters think the government should provide down-payment assistance to working-class families buying their first home, compared with 43% of Trump voters. Over half of U.S. residents (56%) think the government should provide incentives for builders to build more housing, but less than half as many (27%) support zoning policies that would allow more dense housing in their own neighborhood.A few more highlights from the survey:People who are voting for Joe Biden were more likely to support government programs for housing, with 61% supporting down payment assistance, 73% supporting incentives for low income housing, and 66% supporting incentives for creating any type of housing. However, when it comes to zoning for density in their own neighborhood, just 32% of Biden voters said that they support such policies.Trump voters were less likely to support any of the three pro-housing policies we asked about, with just 43% in favor of down-payment assistance and 49% supporting incentives for low-income housing or any kind of housing. Only 24% of Trump voters support policies that make more dense housing possible in their neighborhood.Support for down-payment assistance was predictably high among renters, with 62% in support compared to just 48% among homeowners. However, renters were not much more likely than homeowners to support government incentives for low-income or other types of housing, with support from both groups ranging between 55% and 61%. Renters were also mostly opposed to density in their own neighborhood, with just 31% supporting the idea, compared to 26% of homeowners.The entire survey, complete with graphics and methodology, can be viewed here. Previous: The GSEs Path to Becoming ‘Investment Opportunities’ Next: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce Q3 Earnings Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly,, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, News Home / Daily Dose / How Political Affiliation Impacts Housing Policy Outlook Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb How Political Affiliation Impacts Housing Policy Outlook Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Subscribelast_img read more

Carney and Metz named to Board of Trustees of Champlain College

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Vaughn A. Carney, director of legal services at Bombardier Aerospace Structured Finance in Colchester, and Michael Metz, president of Michael Metz & Associates in Charlotte, have been named to the Board of Trustees of Champlain College.Carney, a resident of Essex, Vt., is a member of the Vermont, Washington and District of Columbia Bar Associations. He is on the board of directors of E-One Holdings, Cathedral Square Corp. and the Vermont Rainbow PUSH Coalition. He is also a lector at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. Carney earned a bachelor’s degree at Colgate University and a law degree at Harvard Law School.Metz, a resident of Charlotte, Vt., is a business development consultant. He serves on the boards of Magic Hat Brewing Co. and MRA Labs. Hes also on the board of Burlington City Arts and the Burlington City Arts Foundation. Metz earned a bachelors degree at Middlebury College and an MBA at Columbia University.Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, baccalaureate institution that offers professionally focused programs balanced by a liberal arts foundation. The College offers masters, bachelors and associates degrees and professional certificates in 29 fields of study.# # #last_img read more

Travelcircus: Demand for Croatia is growing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

first_imgInterestingly, the data show that this year those who like to travel mostly avoid last-minute vacations. Compared to the previous year, this type of vacation lost an average of 89,93% of searches. City or city break trips also suffer from a drop in interest due to the pandemic, and record a search loss of 77,85%. Austrians also love to relax. With a growth of 30,68% since the summer of 2019, wellness holidays are the number 2 most popular types of holidays in Austria. Third place went to travel to cultural and other attractions, with a growth of 14,5%. Demand for hotels fell, while demand for holiday homes rose by more than half. Focus on active vacation and wellness “The data from the research show that the Austrians showed the greatest demand for domestic travel, which put Austria as the destination in first place in terms of demand. The great news is that Croatia took second place in terms of demand, which is an excellent result in these circumstances, while Germany took third place. It is also important to note that no other country outside the DACH region has recorded a positive increase in holiday demand as Croatia. “, he pointed out Branimir Tončinić, adding that the demand for hotels in the Austrian market has fallen this year, and the demand for accommodation in holiday homes has increased. The volume of hotel searches decreased among Austrians (-18,07%), while accommodation such as holiday homes, apartments and houseboats increased by 13-26%. Holiday homes are the absolute winners, both in this research and on the Croatian market this year. It’s about the results of an online booking platform survey Travelcircus on changes in the travel habits of tourists due to the coronary virus pandemic from the DACH region, ie Germany, Austria and Switzerland.center_img The interest and demand of Germans, Austrians and Swiss for travel to Croatia in 2020 is at least 50 percent higher than the year before, said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Austria Branimir Tončinić.  According to the results of this research, in 2020, interest in travel to Croatia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland increased, while some countries competing with Croatia also performed worse. Namely, in the entire DACH region, interest in Spain and Italy fell by 10 percent, and only in Austria did the demand for Italy, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway fall by more than 30 percent compared to 2019. Guests from Austria this year were more looking for an active holiday. According to the survey, in June and July 2019, Austrians searched an average of 13.835 times for a combination of an “amusement park” and a tourist destination; and in the summer of 2020, there were 23.040 searches of the same search. This corresponds to a growth of 66,53%, and compared to 2017, an impressive 185,68% growth can be seen. The data clearly speaks of a trend that has been growing for years, and now, at the time of the coronavirus pandemic, it has further jumped out and accelerated development for quality facilities, not just the sun and the sea. See the entire research in the attachment: Travelcircus / SO VERÄNDERT CORONA UNSER REISEVERHALTENlast_img read more

Boeheim’s Army advances to regional final in 84-74 win over Gael Nation

first_img Published on July 27, 2019 at 1:52 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Eric Devendorf lunged toward Steven Burtt and extended his arm. Positioned in front of the Gael Nation bench late in the third quarter, Devendorf’s fingertips deflected Burtt’s release and sent the ball in the air. For a minute, it appeared that Devendorf had again anchored a Boeheim’s Army defensive stop.But then the guard dropped to his knees. He rolled over, motionless. Devendorf slowly dragged his legs toward his chest. SRC Arena went silent. Hakim Warrick, standing at the other end of the court, turned and stared. So did Arinze Onauku. Burtt’s finger had poked Devendorf’s right eye, causing it to bleed.For much of the first half, Devendorf, the clear-cut leader of the Boeheim’s Army roster, kept his teammates in the game — 3-pointers and floaters gave the offense life along with his constant movement. They needed one more push from him to ensure a victory. By the end of the third, Devendorf jumped in front of head coach Ryan Blackwell and helped coach, motioning the defense closer together. In the fourth, he tacked on four more points, including the game-winner. Behind a stronger shooting percentage and a two-defense arsenal, Boeheim’s Army knocked off Gael Nation, 84-74, at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena. At the forefront was Devendorf, who led the team with 20 points. BA, now one win closer to the nationals in Chicago, plays tomorrow in the regional final against No. 3 seed Brotherly Love.“(Devendorf’s) the lifeline of our team,” Andrew White, who scored 14 points, said. “He gets older each year, but that energy never goes away.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEric Devendorf did a little bit of everything on Saturday, recording 20 points in the win. Courtesy of Raycom SportsLast night, it took a Jordan Crawford free throw to clinch the first-round win over We Are D3, a roster containing just one player — Georgio Milligan — with more than one TBT appearance. Until Crawford and Devendorf heated up in the third quarter, BA struggled to control the pace and lacked consistent looks from the field. D3 cutters criss-crossed through the 2-3 zone and shooters took advantage of the open space behind the 3-point line. A switch to man-to-man defense sparked the turnaround.“D3, they wouldn’t go away,” Blackwell said on Friday night. “They made shot after shot, play after play and they played really hard, especially defensively.”Early on, it looked like Gael Nation was heading down the same path. In its first round win over Team Fancy, the Iona-alumni team constantly pushed the pace — five players scored double digits and two topped 20.After Gael Nation built a quick lead, Devendorf began to will BA back into the game. A floater in the middle fell. A foul-line jump shot dropped in. A jump-ball tie-up on defense stopped the opposition from scoring. Every time Gael Nation seemed poised to build a similar lead to yesterday, Devendorf — the only BA player on the roster who did not play professional ball last season — found a way to convert.“Be aggressive, get to the rim,” Devendorf said on what he put an emphasis on Saturday. “And then we did a great job of exploiting their zone.”Sometimes, it was a pass to an open Onuaku for a dunk. Other times, it was setting up an offensive possession that ended with a John Gillon or White 3-pointer. As the clock neared halftime, BA jumped back into the 2-3 zone and opened up a four-point lead. Boeheim’s Army used both the zone and man-to-man defenses to stifle Gael Nation penetrators like its last game. On one possession, Devendorf knocked the ball off Burtt and out of bounds. He grunted, pumping his arms across his chest.“We get going when he gets going,” Blackwell said of Devendorf. “He’s always been the heart, the engine of this team.”Eight-straight points by White to start the second half quickly added to the lead. But then Devendorf went to block Burtt’s shot and went down. Shooters needed to step up, White said, because Gael Nation was playing well. But with Devendorf down, BA needed typical role players, such as BJ Johnson and Darryl Watkins (who had 13 and 12 points, respectively), to produce.“You have to be versatile, especially in this tournament, just because you never know what that game will call for,” White said. Boeheim’s Army is one win away from making the eight-team final in Chicago. Courtesy of Raycom SportsWith the Elam Ending target score set at 83 and Boeheim’s Army needing one final point to clinch, Warrick took an entry pass and backed his defender toward the block. Devendorf loitered on the far wing with a kick-out option if it broke down. Warrick saw the secondary option and the pair locked eyes. Devendorf shook him off, waving his hand. The initial gameplan was to attack Gael Nation’s lack of size and depth. So Warrick drove, but was fouled. On the ensuing out-of-bounds set, a Warrick pick allowed Devendorf to receive a pass in front of the Boeheim’s Army bench. The guard jumped slightly, released and traced its path. An “easy shot,” Devendorf said after.The fans inside SRC Arena rose to their feet as the ball sunk in, but this time there was no Devendorf fist pump. There was no bicep clenching, no finger pointing, just simple high-fives among teammates. That shot, that set, was Devendorf’s responsibility to make. And it won the game.last_img read more