Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Community Engagement in Higher Education

Posted by on January 07, 2013

Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Community Engagement in Higher Education

Susan Sturm, the George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility and the founding director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School, Timothy Eatman, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Syracuse University and Co-Director of Imagining America, John Saltmarsh, co-director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and faculty member in the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program, and Adam Bush, the founding Director of Curriculum of College Unbound and a doctoral candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, offer a framework for connecting a set of conversations about change in higher education that often proceed separately but need to be brought together to gain traction within both the institutional and national policy arenas.  The aim is to integrate projects and people working under the umbrella of equity, diversity and/or inclusion with those working under the umbrella of community, public and/or civic engagement.

Further, they aim to integrate both of these change agendas with efforts on campus to address the access and success of traditionally underserved students. They also hope to connect efforts targeting students, faculty and broader communities in each of these arenas.   They offer an approach that situates the integration of these three change agendas squarely within the core values and mission of higher education.

This paper grew out of a discovery that each of the authors, and the organizations they represent, came to the realization that the long term success of diversity, public engagement, and student success initiatives requires their fuller integration with each other and the transformation of their larger institutional settings.

For more information, go to http://fullparticipation.net.


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