Daryl G. Smith has devoted her career to studying and fostering
diversity in higher education. In Diversity's Promise for Higher
Education, Smith brings together research from a wide variety of
fields to propose a set of clear and realistic practices that will
help colleges and universities locate diversity as a strategic
imperative and pursue diversity efforts that are inclusive of the
varied-and growing-issues apparent on campuses without losing focus
on the critical unfinished business of the past. To become more
relevant to society, the nation, and the world, while remaining
true to their core missions, colleges and universities must
continue to see diversity-like technology-as central, not parallel,
to their work. Indeed, looking at the relatively slow progress for
change in many areas, Smith suggests that seeing diversity as an
imperative for an institution's individual mission, and not just as
a value, is the necessary lever for real institutional change.
Furthermore, achieving excellence in a diverse society requires
increasing institutional capacity for diversity-working to
understand how diversity is tied to better leadership, positive
change, research in virtually every field, student success,
accountability, and more equitable hiring practices. In this
edition, which is aimed at administrators, faculty, researchers,
and students of higher education, Smith emphasizes a
transdisciplinary approach to the topic of diversity, drawing on an
updated list of sources from a wealth of literatures and fields.
The tables and figures have been refreshed to include data on
faculty diversity over a twenty-year period, and the book includes
new information about * gender identity, * embedded bias, * student
success, * the growing role of chief diversity officers, * the
international emergence of diversity issues, * faculty hiring, *
and important metrics for monitoring progress. Drawing on forty
years of diversity studies, this third edition also * includes more
examples of how diversity is core to institutional excellence,
academic achievement, and leadership development; * updates issues
of language; * examines the current climate of race-based campus
protest; * addresses the complexity of identity-and explains how to
attend to the growing kinds of identities relevant to diversity,
equity, and inclusion while not overshadowing the unfinished
business of race, class, and gender.
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