2021 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success
Leading Change by Strengthening Connections and Building Coalitions for More Just and Equitable Campuses and Communities
Inspired by: Diversity, Equity and Student Success
Virtual Learning Experience
What is the role of higher education in upholding the values of equity and diversity, and in sustaining democracy? Where are we falling short—and for whom? Can acknowledging the truth that all students are not well served by aspects of the existing educational environment lead us to reimagine systems, structures, and policies? How do we promote transformative forms of engagement across differences that lead to more just and equitable communities?
To explore these and related questions, the AAC&U Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success will focus on a critical examination of both the perceptions and the realities of equity, diversity, and what it means to educate for democracy in a constantly changing educational and societal landscape. Such an examination is central to the cultural and mindset shifts needed not only to identify inequities and biases within our institutions and our communities, but also to operationalize the values and set the goals that will lead to institutional change and higher levels of accountability.
The exploration of truth is fundamental to our purpose as educators. The role of higher education is to guide students on a journey of discovery, helping them discover their own truth and to understand the interdependence that derives from our common humanity. Respect, dignity, and the free exchange of ideas through civil discourse should serve as core principles in preparing the next generation of leaders and thinkers. To uphold involves understanding and acknowledging where we have fallen short, and maintaining a sense of urgency in our efforts to build and sustain expansive and equitable institutions and communities.
Conference sessions will explore the various experiences of institution and community participants in an effort to acknowledge, to reimagine, to transform, and to heal. AAC&U invites students, educators, policymakers, and administrators to join us and to engage in these action-oriented, truth-telling conversations.
Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Resources
Paths to Success: How Community Colleges Are Strengthening Guided Pathways to Ensure Students Are Learning
In 2019, twenty community colleges joined Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students Are Learning, a two-year project led by the American Association of Colleges and Universities.
Making Liberal Education Inclusive: The Roots and Reach of the LEAP Framework for College Learning
This publication tells the LEAP story and situates it within the broader context of AAC&U’s work to integrally connect liberal learning with the wider world, and combine liberal education with inclusive excellence and equity.
We Hold These Truths: Dismantling Racial Hierarchies, Building Equitable Communities
This publication describes the work of Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at colleges and universities across the ctountry to dismantle the tools that perpetuate oppression and entrenched racial hierarchies....
Democracy Despite Disruption: Improving Student Voter Engagement through Pedagogy
Colleges and universities are leading the way on improving voter engagement of our diverse populations of student learners, and data show this focus is working. Yet students in some disciplines vote at lower rates than others.
Challenging the Normalization of Hate: Strategies for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
How can Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) inform strategies to address the increasing normalization of hate within our communities? Given the power of the internet and social media for spreading white supremacist thought, Jessie Daniel
From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education
Drawing from campus-based research projects sponsored by the AAC&U and the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California, From Equity Talk to Equity Walk provides practical guidance on the design and application...
The Confounding Promise of Community: Why It Matters More Than Ever for Student Success
What is the role of community—as a concept, an outcome, and an entity—in a liberal education, and how can community contribute to student success? How do students experience community, on and off campus?
Challenge, Connection, Collaboration: Identity, Religion, Diversity, and Interfaith Cooperation
With an increase in incidents centered around interfaith misunderstanding on campuses and in communities, a number of institutions are reporting a need for student, faculty, and staff preparation for interfaith engagement.
Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success
To ask whether students are “college-ready” is to concentrate on factors beyond the control of higher education. With this publication, the authors flip the question to provide a new perspective on creating institutional value and facilitating...
Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning
Focused on issues of access and success, this publication provides a framework for dialogue, assessment, and action to address inequities in higher education institutions. It offers practical guidance for campus leaders and practitioners who...
General Education Maps and Markers: Designing Meaningful Pathways to Student Achievement
A resource for faculty members, academic leaders, and policymakers, this publication provides clear principles and guidelines for ensuring that general education fosters essential learning outcomes and key proficiencies important for...
Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating
Although the term “global learning” is used widely across higher education, faculty, staff, and other practitioners do not always agree about what it means. Published jointly by AAC&U and NAFSA: Association of International Educators, this...
Investing in Success: Cost-Effective Strategies to Increase Student Success
This publication provides sound advice and practical planning tools for educational leaders who seek to invest in innovation, despite budget constraints. The authors present and discuss several campus examples of wise investment in the ...