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Colleges of Fine and Performing Arts Look to Embrace DEI on...

At the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts (USC SDA), faculty and students recently took an innovative approach to producing the highly...

Theater Programs Work to Reduce Major Representation Gaps in the Industry

Despite gradual improvements in recent years, the theater industry is still severely lacking in racial and ethnic representation, both professionally and at the collegiate...

DEI in Accreditation

Are higher education accrediting agencies adding diversity, equity, and inclusion requirements to ensure colleges are advancing educational access and workforce balance? Moving the needle on diversity, equity,...

Grand Valley State University to Research Diversity Among K-12 Teachers

A four-month fellowship cohort at the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Center for Educational Partnership will soon begin work on research and outreach efforts...

Higher Education Plays a Key Role in Diversifying Think Tanks and...

As of 2019, women comprised only 23 percent of trustees and directors at 71 U.S.-based think tanks and public policy research institutions, according to...

University of Alabama Adds First Black Student’s Name to Building Named...

The University of Alabama (UA) Board of Trustees announced a controversial change to the name of a historic building on campus on February 3....

New Resource Makes it Possible to Track Health Care Diversity Nationwide

A new online tool developed by George Washington University’s Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity (GWMI) may revolutionize the way that diversity is...

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Seeks New DEI Possibilities Through...

Over the last decade, the institutions that make up the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) have experienced drastic declines in student enrollment....

Colleges Revise Tenure Requirements to Include Diversity and Inclusion Accomplishments

A new movement is underway in academia that requires candidates who are eligible for tenure, promotion, and reappointment (TPR) review to provide details of...

Nazareth College Students Protest Over Racism, Diversity Concerns

Students at Nazareth College, a private nonprofit institution in New York, held a protest Saturday over concerns about racism and a lack of diversity...

Addressing the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Professional Costs of Being a Senior...

Everyone who holds a senior administrative position in higher education faces challenges that require them to listen with empathy to aggrieved parties to find...

The 2021 HEED Awards: A Decade of Recognizing Excellence in Diversity

With the gradual reopening of college and university campuses in 2021, there has been increased urgency in the drive to advance diversity, equity, and...

Cluster Hiring Grows in Popularity as Institutions Act to Increase Faculty...

Cluster hiring, a recruitment practice known to increase diversity and promote interdisciplinary collaboration, is becoming increasingly popular among colleges and universities looking to diversify...

Ohio University’s Inclusive Pedagogy Academy Helps Faculty Take Student-Centered Approach to...

In recent years, higher education institutions have begun to embrace inclusive pedagogy, a student-centered approach to teaching conceived in the late 1980s that takes...

Alumni Can Play Key Role in Supporting Campus Diversity, Equity, and...

In January 2021, Davidson College — a private institution originally founded by the Presbyterian Church — took a major step toward increasing religious diversity...

Tulane University’s Graduate Medical Programs Placed on Probation Over Alleged Diversity...

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Accreditation (ACGME) has reportedly placed Tulane University School of Medicine's graduate medical programs on probation due to diversity...

Law Schools Commit to Furthering Anti-Racist Training, Addressing Inequity

Law schools, perhaps more than any other institutions in higher education, are in a unique position to address structural racism and effect meaningful societal...

U.S. Military Groundbreakers

Recognizing those who took great strides to diversify the armed forces Born into slavery in 1856, 2nd Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper was the first African...

Boise State University Cleared of Wrongdoing in Diversity Course Debacle

Boise State University (BSU) has been cleared of wrongdoing and indoctrination in an external investigation after a student allegedly claimed that a diversity course...

Unique Social and Behavioral Research Centers Investigate Society’s Most Pressing Issues

Research in the fields of social and behavioral science can have tremendous influence on legislation, spark meaningful conversations, and ultimately lead to a more...

NASA, National Science Foundation Launch Initiative to Increase Student Diversity in...

NASA and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) have partnered for a new initiative to provide underrepresented students with career pathways in engineering through...

Medical Schools Work to Develop A More Diverse Physician Workforce as...

Over the course of the tumultuous events of the past year, when many Americans could find little to agree on and few sources of...

INSIGHT Partners with University of Kentucky to Develop First-of-its-Kind DEI Doctoral...

While social justice advocates have long pushed for American institutions to make good on their professed values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), the demand...

University of Kentucky Partners with INSIGHT to Launch Doctorate in Diversity,...

INSIGHT Into Diversity is proud to announce a partnership with the University of Kentucky (UK) creating a new, innovative doctoral specialization that will prepare...

Virginia Launches Country’s First-Ever Statewide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

The state that recorded having the first enslaved Africans is now setting a national precedent for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.  Gov. Ralph Northam...

Women of Color Employed at Elite Universities are Underrepresented as Top...

A first-of-its-kind study released last week by the Women’s Power Gap Initiative at the Eos Foundation and the American Association of University Women (AAUW)...

LGBTQ Population in the U.S. Larger Than Ever Before, Gallup Poll...

Americans are self-identifying as LGBTQ more than ever before, according to a new Gallup poll released on Wednesday. New data shows that 5.6 percent of adults...

Virtual Reality Could Be the Future of DEI Training

With technology becoming ever more integrated into education and business, a virtual reality (VR) technology boom is anticipated over the next several years. VR’s...

HBCUs Are Becoming More Diverse, But Not Everyone Considers That a...

Recently, a White student who was accepted to Spelman College — among the nation’s most prominent historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) — sparked...

State University System of Florida Will Analyze Civil Discourse Efforts

Officials from the State University System of Florida want its public universities to analyze diversity and inclusion efforts in the wake of the U.S....

Biden-Harris Inauguration Events to Include Diversity Celebrations

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced Monday it will host additional programming to celebrate diversity prior to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and...

INSIGHT to Host Part 2 of Free Webinar Series: ‘Women of...

Join us for INSIGHT Into Diversity's discussion series, Women of Color Need Courageous Allies in the Academy: Part Two, where Black and White women...

Biden Continues Diversity Commitment with Newest Cabinet Appointments

President-elect Joe Biden vowed to diversify his cabinet during his campaign and is continuing to follow through on that promise with his recent nominations...

What a Biden-Harris Administration Means for Higher Education

The election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris has many indications for diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Harris’ victory broke gender and...

Breaking the Cycle to Heal: How Campus Leadership Can Center...

For the past several months, we have faced a racial pandemic in the U.S. that has gained international attention. The pandemic of social injustice and...

Ethnic Studies and Racial Justice Courses Become More Popular, Benefiting All...

Among the changes implemented by colleges and universities this year in response to the demand for more intentional racial justice efforts is an increased...

Academic Community Pushes for Much-Needed Diversity in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Although numerous companies and medical institutions are working tirelessly to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, people of color — who according to the Centers for...

The 2020 HEED Awards: Innovative Diversity Education

The annual INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and...

University of Pittsburgh Requires Incoming Freshmen to Take Course on Racism

The University of Pittsburgh will now require all incoming freshmen to take a one-credit course on anti-racism. The new course, which is titled Anti-Black Racism:...

First Black Woman to Become a Navy Tactical Aircraft Pilot Earns...

On July 9, Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle completed naval aviation training to become the first Black woman tactical fighter pilot in the history...

Universities Are Using Innovative Learning Programs to Tackle AI’s Diversity...

From smart assistants like Alexa and Siri to Google search algorithms and social media feeds, artificial intelligence (AI) technology plays a central role in...

John Lewis: Activist, Politician, and American Hero

“Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” These words, shared by John Lewis in a tweet in...

“Power, Privilege, and Positionality”: How a Health Professions School Made its...

The MGH Institute of Health Professions was founded in 1977 as the degree-granting arm of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and offers prelicensure...

Diverse Group of Women Academics Launch ‘Dear Pandemic’ Facebook Page

Nine women PhDs are leveraging their expertise as public health researchers and educators by operating a Facebook page known as Dear Pandemic to provide...

Public Policy and Administration by the Numbers

Education 205 schools of public policy, affairs, and administration in the U.S. are accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration...

Raising Awareness of Public Policy Careers Could Diversify the Profession

Na’ilah Amaru, an immigrant and dedicated war veteran, has led an illustrious career as an advocacy and policy strategist. Her roles have included serving...

Texas A&M University Encourages Communal Accountability for Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. INSIGHT...

American Dental Education Association Supports Multiple Paths to Diversity

While diversity in dental school enrollment has increased in recent years, the field has been slower to adopt a focus on diversity, equity, and...

The 2019 Health Professions HEED Awards

Healthcare employees constitute the largest workforce in the United States and, as the country ages, are predicted to grow in number and demand in...

The University of South Carolina Models a Collaborative Approach to...

Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. INSIGHT...

The annual Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recognizes institutions that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in...

Turning Your Subconscious Enemy into Your Inclusion Ally

Just about every major higher education institution or Fortune 500 organization has used some form of unconscious bias training as part of their effort...

Law School Recruitment and Assistance from Legal Groups Help Firms...

Lawyers are often charged with protecting the rights of the nation’s most underrepresented populations, and yet the legal profession remains one of the least...

An INSIGHT Investigation: Accounting for Just 0.5% of Higher Education’s Budgets,...

Spending on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts at American universities has increased 27 percent over the past five academic years, according to an...

The Role of Diversity Leaders at US Business Schools

In the October 2018 business school issue, INSIGHT Into Diversity explored how chief diversity officers (CDOs) in business schools at three universities have positively...

Growth in Racial Diversity Among Architects is Slow, but Experts Say...

Despite recent evidence showing racial diversity in the architecture field is growing slowly, prominent Black architects refrain from calling the increase an achievement. They...

Groups Aim to Put STEM Majors in the Classroom to Solve...

Math and science educators are a close second to special education when it comes to shortages nationwide, according to a 2016 report by the...

South Dakota Lawmakers Attack Diversity at Universities to Promote “Free Speech”

Conservative South Dakota lawmakers behind a bill to promote “intellectual diversity” have recommended eliminating diversity offices and giving preference to right-leaning job candidates, according...

Institutions Hope to Increase Diversity through the Science of Mentorship

A 2012 federal report found a lack of students from underrepresented backgrounds entering undergraduate programs that lead to careers in biomedical research. To address...

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Prioritizes Unity, Mutual Support on...

At just 50 years old, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a young institution with big aspirations. UAB is the largest single...

CUNY School of Medicine’s Approach Makes It One of the Most...

The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Medicine is on average the fourth most diverse medical school in the nation, and the...

Diversity-Related Resources for Communications Faculty and Students

Earlier this year, Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News featured a story about immigration across the United States-Mexico border. Carlson said mass immigration “makes...

CASE Launches National Residency Program to Diversify Higher Education Fundraising Profession

At a time when more and more colleges and universities are relying on donations from alums to help avoid dramatic tuition increases, the role...

Diversity Plans Can’t Breathe without AIIR: Building a High-Caliber Diversity Initiative

For one intensive month this summer, we participated in an online leadership development program, the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy (NIXLA), with nearly 100...

2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

It’s a fact that underrepresented professionals who work in STEM fields enjoy significant opportunities to engage in new discoveries and innovations on a global...

Promoting Diversity, Practicing Inclusion, and Driving Positive Change in the Legal...

Issues regarding diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias have been central to labor and employment law for years. These issues have become even more...

Implementation of the “Rooney Rule” in Academic Medical Centers

The diversity of medical school students is increasing, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Diversity in senior leadership and faculty should follow...

Firsts in Higher Education

As our country and our campuses become ever more diverse, it is increasingly important for colleges and universities to ensure that underrepresented students are...

Small Institutions Have Big Impact on Inclusion in Higher Education

Much of the discussion around building better, more inclusive campus environments is focused on celebrating multiculturalism and supporting underrepresented students and faculty at large...

Institutions of Higher Education Leadership Spotlight: Diversity Champion Presidents

Diversity Champion institutions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities and across academic programs. At the helm of these...

Shaping an Institutional Narrative Around Diversity

Storytelling is central to how a cultural entity characterizes itself. Our stories define us, and the very process of telling our stories reinforces...

Equity Resource Teams: A Project-Based Approach to Fostering a Climate...

Chief diversity officers (CDOs) play a vital role in fostering environments of diversity, equity, and inclusion on college and university campuses. As lead strategists,...

Committed to Our Future: The 2017 Health Professions HEED Awards

With a responsibility to prepare the next generation of healthcare providers, health professions schools are tasked with not only ensuring that individuals of all...

Leading By Example: The 2017 HEED Awards

Tasked with educating and preparing the next generation of leaders, higher education institutions in the U.S. bear great responsibility when it comes to ensuring...

Greek Life on Campus: An Asset and a Challenge

In the lives of many college students, sororities and fraternities are vital elements — unique assets that can serve as premier leadership programs in...

SPLC Guidebook Provides Colleges, Students Advice for Dealing with Alt-Right on...

As the alt-right — a term for white nationalism with origins in pre-World War II fascism and white supremacy — experiences a resurgence in...

Business Case Competitions Provide Avenues for Leadership Development and Future Success

As a high school student, Maysa Alqaisi enjoyed public speaking and participated in numerous debates and mock trials. Later, at the University of Texas...

A Budgetary Commitment: Strategy and Creativity Drive Institutions’ Approaches to Funding...

State funding cuts to higher education and a growing skepticism of the value of diversity offices by some lawmakers have had both positive and...

Legislation May Negatively Affect Diversity and Inclusion Efforts at North Carolina...

The North Carolina General Assembly will consider consolidating the diversity and inclusion operations at the state’s 16 public universities into “a single office headed...

INSIGHT Q&A: Damon A. Williams, PhD

Years after the release of his books on diversity leadership in higher education, the need for even greater change remains The groundbreaking books by Damon A....

Moving Beyond a Single Diversity Class Requirement

According to a 2015 employer survey conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, more than three-quarters of respondents agree that all college...

Top 10 Recommendations for Inaugural CDOs

You walk into your new office, delighted at the opportunity to be recognized for your talents and professionalism as the implementer of your institution’s...

Humanities, Social Sciences Have a Role to Play in a World...

As the economy rebounded following the financial crisis of 2008, careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) sectors became more lucrative; learning...

Law Schools Innovate to Recruit and Retain Underrepresented Students

The lehua is one of the first plants to reappear in Hawaii after a lava flow. Despite the rugged terrain in which its roots...

Study Indicates Little Progress in the Diversification of College and University...

According to the eighth edition of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) American College President Study (ACPS), which analyzed 2016 data from 1,500 colleges...

Developing Technology-Enabled Teachers

As more K-12 schools add technology capabilities to their classrooms — access to the internet, wireless devices for student use, education-focused applications, and more...

NADOHE Launches Certification Institute for Higher Education Diversity Professionals

The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) will host its inaugural Standards of Professional Practice Institute (SPPI) June 14-17, 2017, at...

Health Professions Schools Evolve to Educate and Serve Increasingly Diverse Communities

By 2055, the U.S. will not have a single racial or ethnic majority, according to the Pew Research Center. Perhaps nowhere else is this...

Leading Organizations as Social Justice Moves from the Streets to the...

In late 2014, I took on a new organizational role in diversity. What I didn’t realize at that time was the impact that several...

Rick Perry Questions Validity of Texas A&M’s Election of First Openly...

The feelings of pride that accompanied the election of the first openly gay student body president at Texas A&M University this week quickly morphed...

Kennesaw State Develops Successful Students Via Exposure to Diverse Cultures

Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. INSIGHT Into...

Diversity Engagement in the Largest Comprehensive System of Higher Education in...

Managing a system-wide diversity office in an enterprise as large as The State University of New York (SUNY) is a unique and sometimes daunting...

Disinvited: Political Ideologies and Free Speech Collide on College Campuses

The lessons colleges and universities are learning from hosting controversial speakers In a time of both increasing diversity and deepening political divides, U.S. colleges and universities...

Dignity & Respect Campaign Fosters a Better World for Everyone

Founded in 2008, the Dignity & Respect Campaign aims to create a better world for all by improving understanding of differences of background, religion,...

Encouraging Difficult Classroom Discussions in Complicated Times

Today’s colleges and universities face a number of significant diversity- and inclusion-related challenges, including a continued lack of support for and commitment to the...

UMass Lowell Builds Inclusive Community Through Intentionality

As chancellor of the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell, Jacqueline Moloney, EdD, understands that when it comes to diversity and inclusion, the best results...

AAAED Supports Professional Development for Diversity Executives

The American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity (AAAED) is a nonprofit advocacy organization that develops training programs in an effort to promote support...

Negative Diversity Interactions Affect Students’ Cognitive Development, Study Shows

Exposure to and engagement with individuals of different races, ethnicities, religions, and ideologies often leads to positive experiences for college students. However, a new...

Big 12 Universities Excel at More than Just Sports

It would be fair to assume that when most people consider the Big 12 Conference, the first thing that comes to mind is the...