ADVANCING THE CONVERSATION ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY,
AND INCLUSION IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND BEYOND

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Inclusive Design Can Change the Face of Campus Architecture

In 2016, architect James Sink and his colleagues at HMC Architects hosted what they expected to be a typical stakeholder meeting in the early stages...

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...

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...

‘Amazing Amy’ to be First Person With Down Syndrome to Compete...

Amy Bockerstette, a 22-year-old golfer at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) in Phoenix, is set to become the first person with Down syndrome to...

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...

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...

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...

US Army Announces More Inclusive Dress Code, Removes Offensive Language

This week, United States Army leaders announced a new set of appearance standards that offer soldiers more flexibility with makeup, hairstyles, and jewelry.  Beginning on...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

Don’t Just Try to Eradicate Bias — Build Bridges of Inclusion

Learning to accept differences, watching our thoughts, avoiding right and wrong dichotomies, training for unconscious bias awareness — these are all often-recommended steps toward...

Gender-Inclusive Housing Promotes Safe, welcoming Campus for All Students

When Elliott Hobaugh applied to the University of Montana (UM), he was concerned about where to live on campus. As a transgender man, he...

Building Success

Schools design inclusive spaces where students can find support, fellowship Too often, campus spaces are designed without specific groups or identities in mind. Yet considering...

How Inclusive Is Your Network? Driving Business Results Through Selection, Retention,...

Most of our networks are not as broad as we think they are. A diverse network should encompass more than just race and gender. I...

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...

Does Your Definition of Diversity Lead to Equitable and Inclusive Action?

When it comes to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in higher education, colleges and universities — like many organizations — face unique challenges....

Creating a ‘Third Space’ in Higher Education for Immigrant Faculty Inclusion

The U.S. has benefited immensely from immigrant educators, yet very little has been written about them — particularly regarding how they “navigate the cross-cultural...

Pharmacy Schools Must Take Intentional Steps to Diversify and Prepare Their...

The low representation of minority students in schools and colleges of pharmacy, which ultimately results in the low representation of minority faculty, has been...

Building an Inclusive Village by Addressing Bias at an Early Age

In 2015, Forbes published an article stating that a growing portion of the $8 billion diversity and inclusion training industry was being invested in...

Effectively Managing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Crises Today

Last month, I hosted the National Inclusive Excellence Webinar Summit, part of the Inclusive Excellence Tour, empowering and encouraging higher education leaders and colleges...

The Strength Within: TIAA Uses Internal Culture to Inspire Colleges and...

Founded in 1918 to ensure that teachers could “retire with dignity,” financial services firm TIAA is not only a leader in providing retirement services...

Fostering Partnerships Across Campus to Advance Equity, Inclusion, and Global Engagement

More college and university campuses are placing an emphasis on achieving excellence by implementing initiatives to strengthen diversity, equity, inclusion, and global engagement. These...

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...

The Power of Sports to Foster Greater Appreciation for Diversity and...

I recently announced my retirement from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) National Office, where I have served as a senior staff member for more...

Aspiring Business Leaders: Driving Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

The journey to becoming a good leader requires development, training, and accountability. It is no longer enough for leaders to understand sales, finance, and...

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...

University of Virginia Serves the Community Through Engagement and...

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...

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...

Striving to Be a More LGBTQIA-Inclusive Campus

Whether you are just now learning what each of the letters in LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual) means, or you...

University of Cincinnati Uses Education and Dialogue to Advance 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 Into...

Medical Schools Make Strides to Improve Inclusion of, Advocacy for LGBTQ...

“It’s hard to know who you can trust.”  Those are the words of a 26-year-old gay student at a U.S medical school who participated in a...

James Madison University Encourages Diversity and Inclusion Through Innovative Grants

In 2012, Sarah Swanlund, a library specialist in the James Madison University (JMU) Rose and Carrier Libraries, noticed an opportunity. “I saw a need...

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,...

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...

University of Central Florida Prepares Students for Success Via Access and...

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...

Embracing Diversity in Nursing to Improve Healthcare

Historically, the nursing profession has adapted to meet the ever-changing needs of the communities it serves. The challenge facing healthcare today is the requisite...

Virginia Tech Fulfills Mission Through Service to Community

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...

Trans Students Welcome: Is Your University Truly Inclusive?

“We want you, you belong here, we’re ready for you.”  This was not the message Brian Buford received when he came out as a graduate...

K-12 School Districts Work to Improve Inclusion Through Teacher Training

Diversity and inclusion have long been recognized as critical in higher education, and within the past 10 years, many K-12 schools have also increased...

Political Situations CDOs Should Avoid or Manage

The role of the chief diversity officer (CDO) in higher education continues to evolve into a position of increasing authority and one central to...

Texas Tech Focuses on Long-Term Success of Students, Faculty with Extensive...

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...

Ensuring Our Nation’s Health Through Education and Equity

Health professions schools face unique challenges when it comes to recruiting, educating, and treating diverse populations. With so many constituents to serve and support,...

Healthcare Accrediting Agencies Strive to Align Standards with Sector’s Inherent Diversity

Institutional accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that assures the public that an institution provides a quality education. Programmatic accreditation, on the other hand,...

University of Houston Embraces Diversity as an Inherent Aspect of its...

Highlights from the first institution to receive three INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards in one year: University of Houston, University of...

Finding Your Campus Roadmap for LGBT Progress

“We don’t have any of those students.”  The privilege and ignorance of this statement are dumbfounding. The notion that specific groups of young people —...

NCAA Hosts Annual Sports Diversity and Inclusion Symposium

On September 20 and 21, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hosted the fifth annual Sports Diversity and Inclusion Symposium at its national office...

University of Michigan Implements $85M Diversity Strategic Plan

The University of Michigan (UM) announced last week the creation of a new five-year strategic plan — launched this month — aimed at improving...

Diversity Graduation Tassel Sparks Debate at George Washington University

George Washington University (GWU) recently announced that it plans to offer students who complete at least eight weeks of diversity and inclusion training prior...

Oklahoma State Takes Top-Down Approach to Building an Inclusive Campus Community

For diversity and inclusion efforts to be successful, they need to be all-encompassing and campuswide, according to Oklahoma State University (OSU). As such, the university...

NCAA Focuses on Leadership on Path to Improving Inclusion in College...

 Conversations about transorming and creating a more diverse organizational culture cannot take place without parallel conversations regarding the role of leadership. In fact, most...

Florida State’s Shared Responsibility 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 Into...

Key Considerations for Building an Inclusive Work Environment for Individuals with...

October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is “#InclusionWorks,” and employers are encouraged to demonstrate their support for the inclusion...

George Mason Commits $1M to Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

George Mason University announced this week the allocation of $1 million to fund diversity and inclusion efforts across its Fairfax, Va., campus. University President Ángel...

Iowa Universities Work to Improve Inclusion on Campus

The University of Iowa (UI) and Iowa State University (Iowa State) are working to provide an atmosphere of inclusive excellence to students, faculty, and...

Recognizing the Need to Support Multiracial College Students

Roughly 2.4 percent of Americans identified as multiracial in the 2000 census. In 2010, that number increased to 2.9 percent, and the U.S. Census...

AccessSTEM Aims to Make STEM Careers a Reality for Students of...

According to James Brown, executive director of the nonprofit STEM Education Coalition, the future of the economy lies with the science, technology, engineering, and...

Auburn University Scrutinized for Diversity Efforts, High Tuition

A recent survey reveals that Auburn University (AU) in Alabama spends nearly $1 million annually to employ 17 staff members in its Office of...

NCAA to Call on College Presidents to Sign Diversity, Gender Equity...

Presidents and chancellors at National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member schools will soon be encouraged to sign a pledge committing their institutions to increasing...

New Hiring Policy at UC Requires Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

In an effort to ensure future faculty and staff who support its mission, the University of Cincinnati (UC) is now requiring that all job...

International Students Provide Colleges a Mutually Beneficial Relationship

As state legislatures continue to slash spending on higher education and colleges and universities face continually declining enrollment, more institutions are turning their attention...

Equity, Access, and Education: We Are Not There Yet

“We are in a car together; I am driving, and you are helping me make decisions about the route.” — J, a first-generation African...

Changing the Face of the Legal Profession: Two Law Schools’ Commitment...

In the early 1990s, after a decade of teaching and writing about law, Don Lively began to develop concerns about the state — and...

St. Cloud State President Remembered for Commitment to Inclusion

This week, St. Cloud State University (SCSU) in Minnesota is mourning late President Earl H. Potter III, who died in a one-vehicle car crash...

New Survey Aims to Measure Success of Colleges’ Inclusion Efforts

With the release of a new survey, colleges and universities across the country — many of which increased their diversity and inclusion efforts over...

Pomona College Adds Diversity Requirement to Tenure-Review Process

Faculty at Pomona College, a private liberal arts school in California, voted overwhelmingly last week to change the institution’s criteria for tenure to require...

Making Every Voice Matter: University of Georgia Recognizes Diversity Across its...

With more than 36,000 students and a combined faculty and staff population of 10,000, the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens is channeling the...

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Individualized Approach to Building Community

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

Purdue Releases Plan to Increase Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

More than six months after students protested racism on campus and issued a list of demands to the administration, the Provost’s Advisory Committee on...

Words Matter: Affirming Gender Identity Through Language

The language of transgender identity is constantly evolving as more people embrace gender classifications that fall outside the traditional male-female binary. With such rapidly...

Improving Health Outcomes by Ensuring the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities...

The link between the number of healthcare providers who are members of minority and underserved communities and improved health outcomes for those communities is...

Tennessee Representatives Pass Bill to Defund UT’s Office of Diversity and...

After months of scrutinizing efforts by the University of Tennessee’s (UT) Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Tennessee House of Representatives approved a bill...

California State Polytechnic University Improves Diversity Plan After Pressure from Student...

Under pressure from students to improve upon diversity and inclusion efforts, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (SLO) released an updated draft of...

Longtime Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Fuels Columbia University’s Success

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

Leveraging the Residential Campus to Further Diversity and Inclusion Goals

We know that racism is woven into the history, structure, and social and intellectual fabric of most institutions of higher education in the United...

California State University San Marcos Students Protest Chief Diversity Officer’s Dismissal

Students at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) continue what has become a nearly month-long protest over the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Student protestors,...

INSIGHT Honors Columbia University, Penn State, and Texas Tech as Diversity...

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is proud to recognize Columbia University, Penn State, and Texas Tech University as its inaugural Diversity Champions. Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment...

Certificate Program Encourages Engagement with and Service to Community

The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Nursing is giving its students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to diversity and...

Diversity and Inclusion’s Slow Climb

Students Aren’t Letting Higher Education or Legislators Off the Hook Over the last six months, the public has watched as college students across the country have...

Reflections on Changing a University’s Diversity Culture

I have been in academia now for  35 years. Looking back, I see how my experiences as a student, faculty member, naturalized citizen, and administrator...

Indiana University Bloomington Remains Committed to Its Diversity Roots

Diversity at Indiana University (IU) Bloomington is more than a priority — it’s a legacy. Under the leadership of former President Herman B. Wells in...

University of Michigan Launches Program to Promote Inclusion On and Off...

A new program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business — one of the country’s leading business schools — is aimed at...

MLK Quote Remains at UO After Debate Over Its Inclusiveness

Some students at the University of Oregon (UO) recently argued for the removal of a Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. quote from a wall...

How to Build a High-Performing, Diverse and Inclusive Super A-Team

According to a recent study by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), high-performing organizations place a higher premium on workforce diversity and inclusion than...

With a Constant Focus on Improvement, Florida State University Continues to...

Florida State University (FSU), with its more than 40,000 students, has built a reputation on never settling. Although the school has been recognized by...

Cultural Transformation Drives Inclusive Excellence at UC College of Nursing

Recognizing that lasting change can come only from the concerted efforts of a group of people, the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing,...

Catalyst Takes Research-Based Approach to Developing Inclusive Workplaces

Originally founded in 1992 with the goal of helping women enter the workforce, Canadian-based nonprofit organization Catalyst is now focused on the workplace itself. “We...

Diversity and Inclusion Requirement Announced at University of Iowa

The University of Iowa (UI) announced this week that all incoming students in the university’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be required...

Kennesaw State University Examines, Embraces Diversity on a Personal Level

Although Kennesaw State University (KSU) is a relatively young institution at only 52 years old, its history is complex. Located in metropolitan Atlanta, Ga.,...

The Class of 2015: Highlights and Reflections from CDOs Hired in...

The role of the chief diversity officer (CDO) is an evolving field that is in high demand. According to various higher education sources, there...

Diversity and Inclusion in Action

INSIGHT Into Diversity recognizes 92 institutions that put diversity and inclusion to work on their campuses by honoring them with the Higher Education Excellence in...

Harvard Unveils New Bias Reporting System

In response to racially charged death threat emails received by more than 100 Harvard affiliates last year —which largely targeted women of Asian decent...