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· Education Dive talks with six different leaders in the higher education industry about diversity, inclusion and civility on college campuses and the challenges they face when trying to achieve them.
· How can students increase civil discourse on college campuses?
Diversity and civility as concepts have been difficult for higher education to reconcile. There are varying definitions on each, and the terms can be politically loaded. For some, they represent an attempt at blanketed oppression.
As the U.S. population becomes increasingly less white, higher education, an industry which was not built on inclusion, must figure out how to become more inclusive — and quickly — if its members are to thrive and survive in a highly competitive market, experts agree.
Part of supporting a diverse group of students is hiring a critical mass of non-white faculty members and administrators. But when the University of Missouri experienced protests by black students demanding the hiring of more black faculty members in 2015, some questioned the feasibility of the request.
As of this year, 76% of American faculty members are white, and many institutions are still struggling to recognize the importance of recruiting more faculty members of color, incorporate more representative texts into the curricula and better support faculty and staff of color, many of whom report similar stresses as the student population, various groups say.
Read the full article about civility on campus by Autumn A. Arnett at Education Dive.