Institutions Emphasizing Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Throughout Campus Community

February 24, 2021

Protests nationwide about racial discrimination have led to an increased push for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in higher education.

While many institutions have emphasized the importance of diversity when it comes to recruiting students, many haven’t made DEI a priority when in other areas such as communicating with staff. But social justice has become a crucial measure by which institutions are judged, and diversity and inclusion are essential building blocks for healthy campus communities.

DEI also is increasingly important to potential hires. In a 2008 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey of new graduates, diversity ranked 12th in importance of 15 options, according to The Washington Post. But by spring 2020, diversity ranked seventh of 19 options and respondents called it “very important.”

True inclusion means acknowledging and prioritizing the needs of all your academic community’s members, and it means emphasizing empathy and continuous education.

Colleges and universities seeking an online training option for how to show a clear commitment to DEI at every level — from the classroom to the board of trustees — should learn more about Canopy Programs by United Educators’ course Committing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This training seeks to encourage dialogue and understanding between different races, religions, ages, gender identities, and differently abled employees at your institution.


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