Students can gain a sense of efficacy through projects focused on social innovation; they can ground this work in community-identified priorities through civic engagement experiences. Yet too often, social innovation and civic engagement efforts are separate from each other. This issue of Diversity & Democracy explores how colleges and universities are connecting these related areas of work.
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College students should have significant practice solving complex problems with diverse groups of collaborators in order to prepare for the challenges they will face in the workplace and in civic life. This issue of Diversity & Democracy contains articles highlighting courses, programs, and initiatives where students are engaging in such collaborative problem-solving across differences.
This issue of Diversity & Democracy calls readers to invest in high-quality learning for all students by ensuring equitable access to both effective educational practices and welcoming campus climates. Contributing authors share evaluation and implementation strategies that support college success, particularly for students who have been underserved within higher education.
Produced in partnership between AAC&U and the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (an initiative of Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service), this issue of Diversity & Democracy calls readers to examine how they can best support student and institutional engagement in political life. The issue highlights practices that advance educational goals related to political learning and explores the various roles that students, faculty, and administrators can play in creating a politically engaged and socially just democracy.