Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Initiatives in Higher Education

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The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
Resource Center

Your curated guide for DEIJ conversations on campus and institutional change


This resource center brings together EAB’s vast library of best practice DEI research, tools, and insights dedicated to helping college and university leaders cultivate diversity, foster inclusion, promote equity, and fight for justice for their students, faculty, staff, and communities. Click through the tabs above to navigate the resources. 

Our team has curated our most impactful resources from across the organization to help you make progress on your institutional goals, from student success, to faculty and staff recruitment, to affordability and beyond.

In light of the uprisings and movement-building during the summer of 2020 in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many others, many institutions started to create anti-racism plans that went beyond the now-standard Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). To reflect this work we have added a category for Justice, specifically racial justice.

Our goal is to provoke thought and agitate for action across higher education. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion, while noble goals and disciplines on their own, must be animated by the ongoing pursuit of justice for those harmed by the racist systems of oppression that operate throughout our society. Colleges and universities have a vital role to play in this work.

Hover over each puzzle piece below to learn how each element is part of solving the larger puzzle, or select a topic via the tabs above, to explore our many resources.


Racial Justice: Systematic and proactive reinforcement of the public policies, institutional practices, cultural messages, and social norms needed to achieve and sustain racial equity

Institutionalizing Efforts: Including CDO roles, taskforces, and institutional plans. A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice requires critical examination of institutional policies, practices, and organization. 

Diversity: Representation of all the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another.

Equity: Evaluating systems and institutions to identify and remove biases in the distribution of opportunities and resources.

Inclusion: Ensuring differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging.



Recruiting and enrolling a diverse class

As the number of college-aged students declines, and the population of high school graduates grows more diverse, prioritize efforts to promote recruitment and enrollment access for all students. Select, or scroll through, the resources below for additional information to aid your institution in recruiting and enrolling a diverse class.

Re-enrolling America’s College Stopouts
Learn how to more effectively find, re-recruit, support, and re-enroll college stopouts at your institution in this interactive white paper.
FAFSA Submission Toolkit
Access tools and resources that address the most common barriers to FAFSA submission and help you get the word out to students.
Improve Recruitment of Underrepresented Students
As the population of high school graduates becomes more diverse, and the overall number of college-age students declines, universities must do a better job recruiting populations that have historically been underrepresented in post-secondary education (first-generation, low-income, underrepresented minority, and rural students). Read the Roadmap for stepwise guidance on how to better recruit underrepresented students.
9 ways recruitment marketing can help address families’ growing college cost concerns
Learn how the pandemic increased price sensitivity among college-bound students, what this means for your enrollment outcomes, and nine ways to address families’ growing concern over cost.
A multi-ethnic group of elementary school teachers are in the library working on lesson plans together.

This report, produced by the American Talent Initiative and College Greenlight, makes the case for how community-based organizations are best positioned to connect thousands of talented minority and first-generation students and students from lower-income backgrounds to the colleges and universities they deserve to attend.


EAB is the market leader in helping colleges find and enroll their right-fit students; Cappex is a market leader in helping students find right-fit colleges. Together, we look forward to driving even stronger results for our partners with the addition of this powerful platform.

Supporting the recruitment of diverse faculty and staff

Even as student populations grow more diverse each year, many institutions struggle to hire diverse faculty and staff. Reflect student demographic shifts and signal your commitment to supporting staff of diverse backgrounds and characteristics through inclusive hiring practices.

Faculty diversity

Faculty ranks remain overwhelmingly white, and even in fields that have diversified, candidates from underrepresented groups are less likely to hold leadership positions.

Instilling Equity and Inclusion in Departmental Practices
This study will help academic leaders approach diversity and inclusion not merely as an idea, but as the result of more equitable and intentional practices under their direct control.
Increase Faculty Diversity and Inclusivity on Campus
While the student body of college campuses has diversified over the last decades, the demographics of the faculty have largely remained unchanged. And even in fields which have diversified, candidates from historically underrepresented groups (URG) are less likely to hold leadership positions and higher ranks.
Staff diversity and Unit-specific

For staff diversity, ensure hiring practices are accessible to all staff, regardless of background. When considering a unit-specific focus, prioritize hiring practices that reward desired skill sets and expertise.

Competency-Based Hiring Toolkit for University Advancement Leaders
Use the competency-based hiring to identify qualified transferable-skills candidates and attract them to your open positions.
A Playbook for Effective Cluster Hiring
Despite growing interest, too many cluster hiring initiatives fail due to a lack of appropriate planning. This white paper walks through the six stages of cluster hiring and recommended imperatives to execute and avoid common pitfalls.

4 elements of an inclusive job ad

We poured over hundreds of faculty job postings to identify where the greatest opportunities to demonstrate a true commitment to faculty diversity and inclusion were.


Removing barriers to student academic success and career readiness

In this period of heightened instability and uncertainty, college success may feel more out of reach than ever for students. Eliminate barriers that have historically had disproportionate impact on underserved students on campus.

The Student Success Playbook
American higher education has enjoyed a multidecade-long enrollment expansion that may soon come to an end. The recommendations in this report aim to help you and your leadership team reshape your student success strategy in preparation for the anticipated enrollment downturn of the 2020s.
360-Degree Student Equity Audit
Use our 360-Degree Student Equity Audit to keep equity at the center of your COVID-19 response and recovery plans to help build a more equitable future.

Moon Shot for Equity

Discover how EAB is working with the community and partner organizations to close equity gaps and help more Americans complete college degrees and credentials of value – especially low-income, first-generation and students of color.
Academic success

Facilitate improved student learning, retention, and graduation rates by addressing classroom and student support barriers.

April 23, 2018

With a growing sense of urgency, college leaders are met with a critical imperative: improve student outcomes for underserved populations to close chronic gaps in achievement. This action plan will help you do just that with 21 strategies to promote equitable opportunities.

Career readiness

Create skill-building and applied learning opportunities that reach all students across the entire academic lifecycle.

3 ways to expand support for first-generation students through the career center
First-generation college students are more likely to work off-campus jobs, engage in community service, or have family obligations that may preclude them from accessing career support services. This insights shares three ideas to make career center services more accessible and inclusive for first-generation students.
How to improve career development opportunities for first-generation students
Many of the challenges associated with finding employment amid a pandemic are more acute for first-generation college students, who may already feel underprepared to navigate the career exploration process. Read this insight to learn how colleges and universities can bolster career support for first-generation students.
College affordablity

Improve financial accessibility so that finances are not a barrier to completing college.


Student support and belonging

Expand student support so that students feel respected, welcomed, and valued on campus. Students’ sense of belonging and support are integral to success.

You need a peer-advising team this fall

Peer-advising teams are an cost-effective way to expand the reach of your student support efforts. See seven steps to create your own in just a few weeks.
Faculty and staff

Implement targeted programming to support and retain diverse staff.

10 Components of Successful Research Mentoring Programs
This resource outlines the ten components of effective research mentorship programs that all CROs and research offices should consider.
Guide to Launching In-House Talent Development Program in Facilities Management
Senior facilities leaders are struggling to recruit and develop skilled tradespeople. Leaders can use this resource to identify programs to emulate, so that they do not have to reinvent the wheel.

Colleges and universities continue to be surprised by campus climate flashpoints. Left unchecked or mis-addressed, flashpoints negatively impact the student experience, overwhelm staff and resources, and ultimately affect an institution’s reputation and ability to make progress on key initiatives. Improve your preparedness by assessing your current infrastructure and procedures to respond to climate flashpoints.

Retention across demographic groups will depend on making sure faculty of varying tenure ranks have equal access to a variety of professional development opportunities, including traditional mentoring, interactive workshops, targeted grants, and skill-based trainings. Learn more in our larger study.

Campus climate

Foster a welcoming campus environment for all community members.

How Promoting Institutional Values Strengthens Campus Climate

Statements that isolate university free speech values may disharmonize students who question if the institution values diversity and inclusion to the same extent as free speech. To promote a holistic view of their institution’s values, institution leaders must articulate, reinforce, and allow students to reflect on the university’s values. These three steps will help university leaders turn abstract values into values students engage with and ponder during their time on campus.


Racial justice

Systematic and proactive reinforcement of the public policies, institutional practices, cultural messages, and social norms needed to achieve and sustain racial equity

7 Hallmarks of an Anti-Racist Education Institution

Learn about each of the seven hallmarks of an anti-racist institution through the lives of four BIPOC community members in this interactive infographic.

To understand what higher education committed to in advancing anti-racist efforts, EAB conducted an analysis of 130 statements on racial justice and anti-racism issued by colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. Discover key findings of this analysis and where we saw opportunities for growth to adequately provide anti-racist solutions.

EAB experts outline our industry-wide point of view on what the defining hallmarks and behaviors of an anti-racist institution are and interrogate the role of educational institutions in addressing structural racism and healing the legacies of racial trauma in our communities.

University students waving banners during an educational march in Athens, Greece.

Ready to focus on equity?

Learn how to eliminate persistent equity gaps at our colleges and universities with EAB's Moon Shot for Equity initiative.

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