NPR reports researchers from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania sent identical letters from students to 6500 college professors.
The letters complimented the professors on their work and requested to meet.
The only difference in the letters were the names of the students.
They were a diverse group of names associated with different ethnicity and genders.
The researchers found women and minorities were less likely to get responses and less likely to get positive responses.
“We see tremendous bias against Asian students and that’s not something we expected,” said Katherine Milkman, one of the researchers. “So a lot of people think of Asians as a model minority group. We expect them to be treated quite well in academia, and at least in the study and in this context we see more discrimination against Indian and Chinese students that against other groups.”
You can read a lot more findings and reactions to this study including which academic departments were most likely to discriminate on NPR.
This is another reasons why women and minorities should get involved in mentoring students and other trying to launch their careers. Many women and minorities didn’t have mentors when they were young. Now it seems, many still have trouble finding mentors. There’s a lot of talk about the bamboo ceiling that hold many Asian Americans down.
Mentoring is a way to help many break through that barrier.
What has been your mentoring experience. Please share it below.