How to Help Minorities Thrive: What Academic Spaces Can Learn From Athletics

Fewer than half of Latino and black students who enter college receive a degree within six years, compared to over 60 % of white and Asian students. 

This is a terrible social ill and it needs to be fixed.

As a social entrepreneur, I often like to approach problems like this not by asking what’s wrong with this system (there are an infinite number of answers to a question like that, many of which fall into the category known as ‘true but useless)’. Instead, I like to find an example of success, a case that illustrates what good looks like, and see which parts might be replicated.

This is sometimes called ‘bright spots theory’.

So let’s ask ourselves the question: in what fields do African-Americans and Latinos thrive?

One example is athletics. A third of the athletes in the…

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