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ERIC Number: EJ1313772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2381-5183
The Invisible Labor of Diversity Educators in Higher Education
Jones, Sosanya M.; Kee, Chad
SoJo Journal: Educational Foundations and Social Justice Education, v7 n1 p35-50 2021
In general, diversity educators are hired to create, facilitate, and support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts to signal institutional value in these areas and ultimately creating a socially just environment. This qualitative study highlights 6 virtual focus group sessions and 8 one-on-one interviews. The focus group sessions and interviews engaged a total of 20 diversity educators, employed across 20 different higher education institutions throughout the United States. Most participants identify as a member of a racially marginalized community. This study offers insight into the magnitude and degree of "invisible labor" that diversity educators manage outside of their primary responsibilities such as mentoring students; collaborating with other departments, divisions, and colleagues to advance DEI initiatives; providing informal academic advising to students; and assisting students with accessing resources to meet personal needs such as financing and housing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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