ERIC Number: EJ1172210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
The Changing Roles and Contributions of Campus Diversity Offices and Their Influence on Campus Culture
Suarez, Carmen; Anderson, Myron R.; Young, Kathryn S.
Metropolitan Universities, v29 n1 p64-76 Feb 2018
Higher education has struggled to include and support students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented and marginalized groups. In recent years, universities have decided to address these struggles explicitly, using a variety of different approaches to better support these groups from mandatory trainings to optional events, from external audits to internal campus climate surveys. One promising approach to providing support to marginalized groups has been to employ campus diversity officers and offices. These offices operate at the executive level and take on campus-wide leadership responsibilities, incorporating inclusive excellence and an equity perspective throughout campus policies, functions and culture. In this article, programmatic and policy efforts at two public universities are detailed, spotlighting systemic-proactive and individual-reactive policies and programs needed to advance access, diversity, equity, and inclusion across institutions of higher education. Although the approaches each university takes are site and context specific, they use the role of chief diversity officer both to marshal policy and programmatic change to improve the educational experiences for all who work at and learn at these institutions.
Descriptors: Higher Education, School Culture, Cultural Awareness, Minority Groups, Leadership Responsibility, Equal Education, School Policy, Programs, Student Diversity, Diversity (Faculty), Inclusion, Consciousness Raising, Racial Bias, Social Justice, Social Support Groups, Clubs, Participative Decision Making, Curriculum Development, Cultural Relevance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado (Denver); Oregon (Portland)
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