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Diversity Roundup: Some Calif. Illegal Immigrants Now Eligible for Driver’s Licenses

October 2, 2012

HBCUs Tackle Challenges of Staying Competitive in Higher Education: Historically black colleges and universities are facing more pressure to stay competitive as many black students choose to pursue higher education at large institutions or for-profit colleges, Diverse Issues in Higher Education reports. To cope, many HBCUs are now looking to further diversify their student body by attracting non-black students to fill the enrollment, graduation and financial gaps they are currently facing.

Many Hispanics Don’t Seek Medical Care: Hispanics are least likely to seek medical care, a correlation that experts pin to overall access to medical care, NBC Latino reports. About 42 percent of Hispanics did not seek medical attention during the year, a number that some say is because they are also the cohort least likely to have health insurance.

Some Undocumented Immigrants in California Eligible for Driver’s Licenses: California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that would allow many of the state’s undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, The Atlantic reports. The law would apply to the young immigrant youth, an estimated 400,000 people, who would meet the requirements of the Obama administration’s deferred-action program.

Romney Faces Large Gender Gap: Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is trailing President Obama among women by 18 percentage points, according to a new poll as reported on by National Journal. While women typically lean Democratic, the expanding gender gap in the upcoming election has been larger than expected.

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