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Among female faculty, Black women represented 7.7% of assistant professors, 6.7% of associate professors, and 4.7% of professors.

Among male faculty, Black men represented 5% of assistant professors, 5% of associate professors, and 3.3% of professors.

However, a bright spot for diverse faculty can be found in the nation’s system of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

HBCUs are chronically underfunded due to state underinvestment, lower alumni contributions (related to lower Black incomes and Black wealth), and lower endowments.

In Maryland, after a 13-year legal battle, the General Assembly recently agreed to give $577 million to HBCUs Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Bowie State University, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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