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ERIC Number: ED426677
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Moving toward Diversity: A Mid-Size University's Initiatives, Policies, and Problems.
Yang, Hwei-Jen
This paper reports on the initiatives, policies, and problems encountered by Clarion University (Pennsylvania) in its efforts to plan to increase equity and diversity. The development of the initiative is reviewed from its beginning in 1990 through conferences held in 1992 and 1997, and including the development of six major goals; a meeting on staffing diversity; implementation of the Building Bridges program, designed to promote communication and understanding between Clarion students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds; development of an interdisciplinary Black Studies minor in 1995; and university/community workshops, entertainment activities, and scholarly programs. Policy and procedure statements on the following four topics are described: (1) sexual harassment, (2) nondiscrimination, (3) faculty searches, and (4) disabilities. Four problems encountered in the effort are also recounted. These included resignation of the initiative's first director, only partial success of programs and workshops, slow improvement in hiring of women and minimal improvement in minority hiring, and lack of receptivity to minority groups by local residents. The paper concludes that, after eight years of aggressive initiatives and programming concerning diversity, only minimal progress can be reported. (Contains 35 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A