Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Taking Diversity to the Next Level

Diverse Issues in Higher Education
by Reginald Stuart , June 9, 2010

When Colgate University decided a few years ago to recast its diversity efforts, it joined a small, but growing, number of schools across the country in taking a new approach to a decades-old challenge of how best to make their schools more appealing to people from all walks of life and more compelling to employers as a good place to recruit
Colgate, a midsize liberal arts college in northwestern New York state, created a high-ranking diversity post with an ambitious mandate to help expand the school’s approach to diversity. It would embrace recruitment, enrollment and retention of students; development and retention of staff; long-term planning; academic programs; and internal and community relations. It would be quite a leap from historical efforts largely run at department levels by individuals with less authority.

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Frank L. Matthews, co-founder of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, will moderate an American Association of Affirmative Action panel titled, “Maintaining Diversity in a Time of Downsizing," on June 30 in Raleigh, N.C.

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