New Data in Chemistry Show 'Zero' Diversity

Science  18 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5520, pp. 1291-1292
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5520.1291

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A recent survey of the ethnic and gender composition of major U.S. chemistry departments reveals that there are even fewer minorities on the faculty than anyone suspected: African Americans/blacks or Hispanics constitute barely 1% of the 1637 tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the top 50 schools, and 23 of the 50 departments have none. The numbers suggest that the continuing flow of reports about the importance of diversity in academia hasn't reached the people who actually do the hiring.