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.
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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.
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.
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 ranks remain overwhelmingly white, and even in fields that have diversified, candidates from underrepresented groups are less likely to hold leadership positions.
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.
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.
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.
Create skill-building and applied learning opportunities that reach all students across the entire academic lifecycle.
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.
Faculty and staff
Implement targeted programming to support and retain diverse staff.
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.
Foster a welcoming campus environment for all community members.
Systematic and proactive reinforcement of the public policies, institutional practices, cultural messages, and social norms needed to achieve and sustain racial equity
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.
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.