This issue of Diversity & Democracy suggests a range of approaches to building institutional capacity for student success. Contributing authors describe leadership and innovation at multiple levels, from the individual to the cultural to the infrastructural, with a focus on creating strong frameworks for student advancement.
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What is the relationship between free speech and civil discourse? Which voices are heard in what contexts? And what are the implications for inclusive learning environments? This issue explores these questions and more, with a focus on how colleges and universities across the country are navigating current events.
The Preamble to the US Constitution speaks of “We the People”—but who counts as “We the People” is a hotly contested question. In Citizenship Under Siege, a project organized by AAC&U and The Democracy Commitment with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, seven community colleges used the humanities to explore this topic. Featuring the efforts of project participants and educators engaged in similar work, this issue of Diversity & Democracy illustrates the potential of the humanities to illuminate issues of identity and belonging.
In signature work, through integrative projects lasting at least one semester, students pursue questions that matter both to themselves and to society. This issue of Diversity & Democracy, produced in partnership with the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, explores what it means for students to explicitly and intentionally reflect and act on their roles within a community through their signature work.