DEI in Higher Education: Five Truths and Five Myths

Education3/28/2024 5:00 PM

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Since 2023, legislators across 28 U.S. states and in Congress have introduced 81 bills restricting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programs at colleges and universities, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s DEI Legislation Tracker. To report on this trend and its consequences, journalists need to understand the history of diversity initiatives, common myths about DEI today and the latest research showing what works — and doesn’t work — for creating equal opportunity and better outcomes among students, faculty and staff, and college campuses as a whole. In this one-hour webinar, you will learn: – A brief history of diversity policies and initiatives. – The goals of DEI in higher education. – Policies and practices that research demonstrates are effective in helping schools reach DEI goals. – Today’s most prevalent myths about DEI. Researchers also will share: – The most important questions journalists should be asking. – Tips and tools for strengthening news coverage. This free webinar is open to everyone and hosted by The Journalist’s Resource and the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project at the Harvard Kennedy School.


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The Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project is dedicated to researching what works and doesn't work to create antiracist change. Their Race, Research & Policy Portal (RRAPP) provides access to antiracist research summaries, while their team of researchers, students, and experts evaluate policies and practices aimed at creating antiracist change in organizations across sectors. By supporting IARA, you are contributing to independent, ground-breaking research critical in disrupting systemic racism.