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ERIC Number: ED450198
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
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Creating Inclusive Communities: An Inquiry into Organizational Approaches to Pursuing Diversity.
Fine, Melinda
This report grew out of an effort by the Learning In Deed initiative of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to strengthen diversity in K-12 service learning by increasing diversity among students, practitioners, and advocates and ensuring that conceptions underlying service opportunities foster diversity priorities. The report presents approaches and activities described in interviews with 18 practitioners, researchers, activists, and consultants that reflect promising diversity work undertaken by groups and organizations in the nonprofit, corporate, and public sectors. These respondents believe that: diversity is a complex and evolving notion; organizations employ a common set of approaches for pursuing diversity; change within individual groups and organizations can leverage more widespread change within a field of practice; and common factors foster or inhibit diversity progress. Conditions that appear critical to diversity progress include: promoting a shared understanding of diversity priorities; linking diversity objectives to organizational mission; sharing responsibility for communication so that change occurs on multiple levels; and seeing diversity work as an ongoing process, not a project, which requires resources in keeping with this long-term perspective. The appendixes describe the study in detail. (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Inc., New York, NY.; National Youth Leadership Council, St. Paul, MN.