May 15, 2016

Diversity in Academe: Who Sets a College's Diversity Agenda?

True diversity remains a struggle for many colleges. This special report looks at who actually sets a college’s diversity agenda, and what makes that agenda flourish or flop. These questions have taken on a special urgency as race-related protests have erupted on many campuses and as the nation’s population grows more diverse. 

Our coverage examines some of the many efforts underway to make campuses more diverse and inclusive. One thing almost everyone agrees on: You can’t measure diversity just by counting numbers. Authentic diversity — in the student body, on the faculty, and in the many unscripted encounters that make up daily life on a campus — requires a deep and broadly shared commitment.

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Many plans fail to connect different parts of a campus, but some colleges have found ways to broaden the conversation.

Assessments can force officials to be introspective about their commitment to diversity and pinpoint which efforts to tackle first.

Student-life officials stress that designated cultural spaces play a vital role in making campuses inclusive. But, they say, colleges must also build places where diverse students can have difficult conversations.

Freshmen and transfers at the University of Oklahoma must take five hours of training designed to help them have respectful conversations about race.

The university encourages undergraduates to live on campus for all four years as a way of helping them build relationships with peers who don’t share similar backgrounds.

Whether confronting crises or merely maintaining the calm, the firms bring an impartial voice to issues involving race and gender.

Universities are in a defining moment, where they must themselves embrace the values they hope to see reflected in society.

Steps to improve the performance of students in this population will help students over all.

If universities are truly invested in creating new types of knowledge, they must look beyond their peer institutions when recruiting graduate students.

Two professors, one white and one Indian, consider a dilemma: If you’re white, students assume you have no experience with race. But if you’re not white, you have no authority to teach about it.

Despite decades of effort, diversity in medicine has not kept up with the growing diversity of the population.

How would English speakers feel if a quarter of their audience walked out because of a comprehension problem?

We asked a group of commentators 
to answer the question. Here’s what they told us.