When Shaun Harper was young, you wouldn’t find him outside playing soccer with the other boys. He would be inside, playing school.“I would always have to play the teacher,” Harper said. “My bedroom wall was my chalkboard.”Harper is the founder of the new USC Race and Equity Center, where he will work with faculty from USC’s academic schools to solve racial problems inside and outside of the classroom. The center opens in July.Harper returns to USC after 10 years at the University of Pennsylvania, where he led the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education. Harper was an assistant professor of clinical education at USC from 2003-2005.Having grown up in Thomasville, Ga., Harper is no stranger to racial discrimination. According to Harper, racial politics run so deep in the town that the high school he attended still has two homecoming queens each year, one black and one white.“I know it sounds like I grew up in the ’50s, but we’re talking about the ’70s and ’80s,” Harper said. “I noticed very early on that most of the black people were poor, and most of the white people were rich. They were in charge of things, and they owned things and they seemed to have lots of power and authority. My people, not so much. It became an intellectual question for me as a kid. I was like this kid, young social scientist, wondering, ‘Why are things so unequal?’”According to Harper, it was his personal experiences of discrimination that propelled him to pursue a career in education.“I remember walking to school one day,” Harper said. “I cut across the grass of someone’s lawn, and a white woman came out, and she said, ‘I don’t like n—— on my grass.’ You know, that was very mean to say to a kid, right. But at least I knew where I stood. In corporations, and sometimes in higher education, and in other workplace settings, people don’t want n—— on their grass, or on their staffs or in their executive suite, but they’ll never say it. They’ll just find all sorts of ways to keep us out of those places.”Harper enrolled at Albany State University, a historically black university, as an education major. While serving on the search committee in charge of finding the university’s new president, Harper realized he wanted a future working in higher education.“I remember being so impressed by these black people,” Harper said. “They were scholars, leaders. I was like, ‘Oh, wow, I want to be like this.’”Harper recalls how the professors knew how to make their students succeed, as, according to Harper, over 50 percent of African Americans with doctoral degrees completed their undergraduate years at historically black universities.Harper wants to bring that feeling of community to all colleges and find a way to help black students perform better in their studies. He believes that when tackling issues regarding diversity in education, an interdisciplinary approach is often the most effective.“I cannot effectively understand, nor respond to racial inequities in education without also understanding how poverty intersects with race [and] how access to high quality healthcare affects students’ educational outcome,” Harper said.According to Harper, tackling a problem like racism requires dedication and commitment.“It’s really important to be disciplined,” Harper said. “If you’re going to be a scholar, you have to pick a problem, and you have to stick to it.”At the University of Pennsylvania, Harper worked to unite diversity-minded professors from all areas of the school in common conversation. Harper wants to bring this same approach to the USC Race and Equity Center.“My vision for the USC Race and Equity Center is that the most important conversations about race will be had here,” Harper said. “Through conferences, through speaker series, through digital products, I want USC to be the place that people know they can turn to for expert analysis, for deep thinking and for solutions.”
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16 May 2014 Rules schools head to the North East and East Midlands England Golf will be running two County Rules Schools this year, at The Northumberland Golf Club in High Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and at Market Rasen Golf Club in Lincolnshire. Since 2011, there have been 12 England Golf County Rules Schools run across the country, all proving to be very popular and attracting over 350 people in total. Successful delegates qualify as county referees and can assist at county tournaments. Toby Thorne, England Golf Championship Manager said: “This is the first time we have taken an England Golf County Rules School to the far north of the country – following a request from Northumberland Ladies’ County Golf Association. We are delighted to provide the opportunity for people in the north east to attend a school on their own doorstep. “Equally, we have been very keen to increase the number of county qualified referees in the east midlands. So bringing a Rules School to Market Rasen should help Lincolnshire and neighbouring counties to build a broader pool of qualified people to offer their skills and help at county golf events.” The County Rules Schools are open to all members of golf clubs affiliated to England Golf and delegates should have at least a basic understanding of the Rules of Golf before attending. The format of the school is a mix of outdoor practical demonstrations, refereeing role-play scenarios and some indoor tutorials. It is followed by an exam several weeks later. The details for the events are as follows: Venue: The Northumberland Golf Club, Northumberland Day 1: Mon 11th August Day 2 (inc. Exam): Mon 22nd September Entry deadline: Fri 11th July Venue: Market Rasen Golf Club, Lincolnshire Day 1: Mon 1st September Day 2 (inc. Exam): Mon 13th October Entry deadline: Fri 1st August The fee for attending an England Golf County Rules School is £50, which includes tuition, lunches, teas and coffees on both days. Although hosted in Northumberland and Lincolnshire, delegates from other counties will also be welcome. For more information regarding the England Golf County Rules Schools and how to register your interest, please visit click here Image © Leaderboard Photography