ERIC Number: EJ762825
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-17
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Diversity Officers--Coming to a Campus near You?
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v22 n20 p38-40 Nov 2005
In the long line of equity and access shifts, maneuvers and descriptive title appointments in higher education, yet another has emerged. One of the newest titles, "chief diversity officer," owes its lineage to its more controversial predecessors, including minority affairs officers, equal opportunity officers, access officers and the once legally bolstered affirmative action officer. Buoyed by several factors, including the reality of operating in a laissez faire post-affirmative action environment, college administrators across the country are increasingly seeing the need to establish a new and more senior-level position to head up overall diversity efforts, from improving minority faculty retention to diversifying the curriculum. Depending on the size of the institution, the commitment from the top and the availability of resources, there are generally three kinds of diversity officers: chief diversity officers who report directly to the president or provost; senior diversity officers who report to everybody above the dean; and diversity officers who report to all senior-level administrators. The work of these diversity officers is broadening under the ever-changing needs of colleges and universities. According to Dr. Damon A. Williams, assistant vice provost of multicultural and international affairs and co-director of the Senior Diversity Officers Research Project at the University of Connecticut, their responsibilities now have a three-pronged approach: equity and compliance; multiculturalism; and an academic-diversity focus.
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Administrators, Diversity (Institutional), Role Perception, Organizational Change, Administrator Responsibility, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut