Crossing Borders: Helping College and Universities Jumpstart the Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion

A major challenge confronting U.S. colleges and universities today is the need to disentangle the complexities of diversity, social justice and free speech. We talked to Crossing Borders Education founder Arnd Wächter about his organization and its work promoting dialogue as a way to build diversity and inclusion.

Diversity Is Not Enough. Inclusion Is the Key.

Inclusion, simply stated, is about a sense of belonging that one or a group of individuals feels when able to participate in the majority culture on campus as valued members. This was the focus of the ACE/NADOHE Joint Session at ACE2017 entitled “Campus Leaders Creating Healthy Campus Climates.” How do we create environments where all students, faculty, and administrators feel welcomed and included at our institutions?

Finding Common Ground: Campus Inclusion and Free Speech

Free speech is playing out in new ways on American campuses, which some argue is leading to the corrosion of higher education as a marketplace of ideas. Framed by PEN America’s recent report, And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at US Universities, Monday’s afternoon session at ACE2017 moderated by ACE’s Lorelle L. Espinosa focused on the dual tension of free expression and inclusion on American campuses.

Diverse Faculty for Diverse Students: How Two Leaders Are Transforming Their Approach

As a Latino and an equity-minded scholar, I often find myself engaged in conversations and attending conference sessions on topics of diversity with other people of color. This is often the case whether I’m at a scholarly conference or most recently at ACE2017, a conference for senior-level administrators including chancellors, presidents, provosts and chief academic officers and deans.

John Lewis Receives John Hope Franklin Award

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) received the 2017 John Hope Franklin Award Monday evening at a reception hosted by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. The legendary congressman was joined by two other recipients of the 2017 Franklin medal—Wilma J. Roscoe and Samuel L. Myers—who were recognized for their work as “longtime guiding forces” behind the National Association for Equal Opportunity, the umbrella advocacy group for historically black colleges and universities.

Racial Diversity Is More Than Just Demographic Representation

In recent years, students on college and university campuses across the nation have held protests calling for more racially inclusive campus climates. The ACE2017 session “Dialogue and Action: Presidential Leadership on Race,” moderated by William B. Harvey of the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity, sought to explore presidential perspectives from three panelists on race relations on campuses and how institutions can improve them.

Freedom of Expression Requires Safe Spaces

“It is completely appropriate that all students have safe spaces in which they can grow and develop their identities.” This statement, by Ralph Hexter of University of California, Davis, was the premise upon which panelists at ACE2017 started their session on freedom of expression and safe spaces.

Pay and Representation of Racial/Ethnic Minorities in Higher Education Administration

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) recently released the report Pay and Representation of Racial/Ethnic Minorities in Higher Education Administrative Positions: The Century So Far. The second brief in a series focusing on diversity in higher education administrative positions, this report focuses on racial/ethnic minority representation in these positions.

Women’s Equity in Higher Education Administration: Pay and Representation

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) recently released a new report, The Gender Pay Gap and the Representation of Women in Higher Education Administrative Positions: The Century So Far, on women’s equity in higher education administration. It highlights trends in higher education administrator’s pay and representation, comparing the gaps between men and women overall and by seniority and region.

Center for Urban Education Releases Series on Equity, Attainment and State Policy

The Center for Urban Education at University of Southern California and the Lumina Foundation have released a series of resources to inform state leaders and policymakers of practices and strategies to increase equity in higher education policy and to guide them through the process.

Entity Magazine Explores the Higher Education Presidential Gender Gap

A recent piece in Entity Magazine asks an important question: Why is the number of female university presidents still so low? Through interviews with ACE President Molly Corbett Broad and others, the piece explores some of the reasons why women have struggled to ascend to the top higher education leadership position.

Women’s March on Washington: Where Do We Go From Here?

California State University, San Marcos, President Karen Haynes on the implications of the women’s march and higher education.