With an eye to the past of diversity and inclusion in the United States, “Higher Education’s Diversity Journey Part I: Past and Future” at ACE2018 focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion at institutions today.
Salem State University has made it a priority to increase the chances of success for their Latino students, a demographic particularly at risk of not finishing their degrees. Recently recognized by The Education Trust as one of the top-ten performing institutions in this endeavor, Salem State has used a variety of approaches to provide an environment of support and close the achievement gap.
The CUNY Black Male Initiative (BMI), among its many programs that support underrepresented students, has cosponsored a trip with Birthright Africa for students to explore their cultural roots and meet other members of the African diaspora.
Members of University of Georgia’s Alumni Association have launched the 1961 Club, a giving campaign to support the institution’s Black Alumni Scholarship Fund, which provides need-based scholarships to freshman students dedicated to advancing racial equality.
Lumina Foundation recently partnered with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to offer a series of grants for higher education institutions working to advance equity on their campuses and in the broader community.
Nicole Roach, chief diversity officer at Webster University, writes that you can spend as much money as you want to recruit a more diverse student body and faculty. But if your institution does not practice inclusion at all levels, they will eventually leave for an institution that does.
While rewarding, being a college president has always been hard work. Today, environmental and industry pressures have converged to make leading an institution more complex than ever before. Jonathan Gagliardi looks at ACE’s recent report, the American College President Study 2017, and the future of the presidency in the 21st century.
The invisibility of Native American perspectives—those of Native students, researchers and their communities—continues to plague higher education, despite numerous calls for action from educational advocates across the country. Christine Nelson of the University of Denver considers what can be done to solve this problem.
A recent report from UNCF provides a glimpse into the economic impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have on the nation. HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities offers data on earnings, employment, and the economy for the nation, individual states, and institutions demonstrating that the economic benefits of HBCUs are substantial.
ACE recently updated its infographic brief, Pipelines, Pathways, and Institutional Leadership: An Update on the Status of Women in Higher Education Leadership, which offers key statistics on women in higher education to help promote a dialogue on how to increase the number of women leaders in the field.
By embracing expansive ideas of success, HBCU leaders inspire their students to strive beyond degree completion and understand how collaboration, civic engagement, and entrepreneurship are essential attributes in a new knowledge economy and global citizenry.