Unlikely Group Charges Bias at University

Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times, September 14, 2010

For more than 35 years, the City University of New York, one of the nation’s most diverse higher education systems, has quietly struggled with a minority group that says it has been passed over for jobs. {snip}

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Of all the universities and colleges that offer protections for minorities, CUNY appears to be the only one that has declared Italian-Americans an official affirmative action category in employment, promising special efforts to recruit, hire and promote them, according to national higher-education groups.

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Still, for some who work in higher education, the notion of protections for Italian-Americans–at a university where 70 percent of the 262,000 full-time students are black, Latino or Asian–has prompted some head-scratching.

{snip} “After all, in New York we had an Italian-American governor, and we may have another one coming up” [said Ada Meloy, general counsel of the American Council on Education].

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