ISU researchers: Racism is rampant in higher education

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AMES, Iowa (KCCI) -- New findings from Iowa State University researchers point to existing racism in higher education.

"I see myself really being reflected in what the research is saying," said Brandon Johnson, an Iowa State University graduate student who is African-American.

The six-year study finds racism is rampant for black men in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields.

"We wanted to understand exactly what the barriers are to their success in engineering graduate programs," said Brian Burt, assistant professor of higher education at Iowa State.