Equity and Inclusion: Expanding the Urban Ecosystem

Posted by Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities on February 19, 2018

Vol 29, No 1: Equity and Inclusion: Expanding the Urban Ecosystem

Dear Readers,

Our urban and metropolitan universities have for many years been addressing the needs and interests of increasingly diverse communities and a more diverse group of students, all of whom seek a welcoming environment when they join a campus community.

‘Equity and Inclusion: Expanding the Urban Ecosystem’ thoughtfully explores inclusion, moral imagination, the urban ecosystem, inclusive excellence, design thinking, and identity-consciousness.

As noted in the introduction of this issue, the “authors see our growing diversity as a much needed and valued source of energy, creativity and a vital contribution to our capacity to thrive in an especially challenging period in our history and are committed to creating educational environments where people of all backgrounds can thrive.”

This issue is meant to spark difficult, but necessary, conversations. I hope you will take time to read and share this issue with your colleagues, so that your institutions can have the necessary conversations that lead to action.

I would like to thank Tia Brown McNair, Association of American Colleges and Universities, and Judith Ramaley, Portland State University, for serving as guest editors. Their scholarship and tireless work to create more equitable and inclusive environments guided the development and execution of this issue.

Best Regards,

Valerie Holton, PhD, LSCSW
Executive Editor
Metropolitan Universities

Table of Contents

Equity and Inclusion: Expanding the Urban Ecosystem

Tia Brown McNair and Judith A. Ramaley

Reframing the Dominant Diversity Discourse: Alternate Conversations for Creating Whole System Change

Frank D. Golom

Strategic Planning to Advance Equity on Campus: A Case Study at Portland State University

Marisa Zapata, Stephen Percy, and Sona Andrews

Lessons Learned About Inclusion While Starting a New College

Michelle D. Jones

Equity, Inclusion, and Beyond: Today’s Urban Chief Diversity Officer

Merodie A. Hancock

The Changing Roles and Contributions of Campus Diversity Offices and Their Influence on Campus Culture

Carmen Suarez, Myron R. Anderson, and Kathryn S. Young

Building a University-wide Agenda for Intercultural Competence and Understanding: Lessons Learned at the University of Minnesota

Andrew Furco and Kristin Nering Lockhart

A Systemically Collaborative Approach to Achieving Equity in Higher Education

Richard J. Prystowsky

Transforming Higher Education Through Organizational Meditation: A Story of the Executive Learning Series on Equity & Empowerment

Sonali S. Balajee and Joshua Todd

Equity-Minded Faculty Development: An Intersectional Identity-Conscious Community of Practice Model for Faculty Learning

Kimberly A. Costino

Fighting for Equity and Community in an Urban Research University

Mary Ho and George Sanchez

The Heavy Lifting of Diversity: A Need for Scholar Administrators

Jacinta R. Saffold


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