3 Must-See Diversity Resources for Campus Communities

Posted by Katie Brown on 1 November 2016 |

3 must see diversity resources for campus communitiesIn an effort to increase diversity and promote inclusiveness on campus, many universities and higher-ed institutions are actively implementing new strategies and guidelines around their diversification efforts. To ensure these efforts are successful, the entire campus community—from professors and administrators to staff and students—must be educated about diversity, including its benefits and strategies for implementation.

There are a variety of ways campuses can educate their faculty, staff and students on diversity, such as training programs, informational sessions or online content and blogs.

For quality diversity related content and tools, here are three must-see diversity resources:

1. Multiculturalism and Diversity on the College Campus: Resources and Information on Fostering and Maintaining an Inclusive Environment

Each year, more and more students of varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds attend postsecondary education. According to the organization’s website, “By 2050, ethnic and racial minorities are expected to comprise 50 percent of the American population, meaning there will no longer be a single majority ethnicity.”

Campuses are working to ensure that all students, regardless of race or ethnicity, receive the same level of education, representation and opportunities. This website provides a variety of resources on multiculturalism and diversity on campus, particularly for college students. Topics include:

  • How incoming students can identify an inclusive and diverse college, such as attending classes, speaking to multicultural administrators, researching campus groups and identifying scholarship opportunities
  • Ways to get involved on campus, such as international student organizations, minority groups, female-oriented organizations, LGBTQ interest groups and more
  • Examples of how other campuses are serving specific minority populations, including students with disabilities, female students, LGBTQ students and students of ethnic and racial minorities, such as American Indian or Hispanic
  • Help identifying available scholarship and financial aid resources for students with disabilities, women and minority students

Additionally, professors play an important role in promoting diversity in the classroom. Faculty related resources include: Creating Inclusive College Classrooms, How to Empower Students to Create Change and Writing an Inclusive Syllabus.

2. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

For more than 30 years, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has been reporting on education, providing “critical news, information and insightful commentary on the full range of issues concerning diversity in American higher education.”

Launched in 1984 as Black Issues In Higher Education, the magazine was renamed in 2005 “to better reflect inclusivity and America’s changing demographics.” Today, the magazine and website address issues that affect underrepresented and minority groups on campus, including Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians, people with disabilities, seniors, LGBTQIA, veterans and other underrepresented groups in higher education.

In addition to a bi-weekly print publication, Diverse provides its readers with daily news and career reports. For accessible, 24/7 access to all of their resources, the Diverse website is a great tool for students, educators and professors to learn more about diversity related issues on campuses and how to promote more inclusive environments.

Through the Diverse website, readers can view:

  • Blogs and opinion articles
  • News stories and highlights
  • Webinars and diversity training

Topics of interest range as well. For example, campus administrators can learn more about diversity hiring best practices or what other universities are doing to be more inclusive of students, staff and educators with disabilities.

3. Resources & Training from Campus Answers

At Campus Answers, we believe that diversity and inclusion is an essential part of the college experience. And to help campuses like yours, we provide educational eLearning training and other diversity resources for students, faculty and staff.

Diversity Training Courses

We offer numerous diversity training courses for faculty and staff. What makes our courses different is that they are set in the world of higher education and include scenarios/stories that could actually happen on your campus.

Plus, we are currently working on a diversity training course for students that will offer practical strategies for practicing inclusion and fostering healthy communication.

Additional Diversity Resources

On our website we offer numerous recources, including blogs, whitepapers, podcasts, webinars and much more. For example, in this previous blog, you can learn about:

  • Why it’s important to have faculty diversity on campus
  • How to overcome challenges you might face
  • Ways to implement faculty diversity strategies on campus

You can also watch a recently recorded webinar where we discussed some hot topics related to campus diversity—including the Title IX guidance on transgender bathroom access.

We’ve also partnered with Dr. Lisa McBride, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Salem State University, for a podcast that discusses her five-part model for diversity.

Keep checking in to find more resources to help with diversity at your campus.

Conclusion

The entire campus community contributes to diversity initiatives and inclusion strategies. Make sure you are doing your part and stay informed.

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