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Minority faculty still underrepresented on Maryland campuses, straining professors and students

Minority faculty still underrepresented on Maryland campuses, straining professors and students

Towson University sophomore Joshua White wants to go into communications, but he's never had an African-American professor, making it difficult for the young black man to envision himself in the field.

"It's disheartening," said White, 20, of Seat Pleasant. "A professor actually told me how I might have a hard time in this field because it's dominated by white women."

While students of color are increasingly represented on college campuses, the proportion of black faculty members has barely budged in the past 20 years. At some institutions, including the University of Maryland's flagship campus at College Park, the percentage of black professors actually...

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