Diversity & Inclusion in Education

Diversity and inclusion are topics that impact nearly every aspect of an educational institution. From enrollment to board composition to faculty, staff and alumni, demonstrating your institution’s commitment to the value of diversity is more critical than ever before.

The topic of diversity is one that should be addressed directly. The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has sparked a worldwide conversation on racism and equality as protests have become commonplace in cities across the globe.  As society and the world continue to evolve and change, institutional changes may need to take place.

Equity Audits

At this unprecedented point in history, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing the topic of diversity. This is a challenging task for any institution and is one that should be carefully crafted to meet the unique needs of the institution.

In order to find areas of improvement for your institution, it may be worth considering performing an equity audit. An equity audit, as highlighted in an article from Inside Higher Ed, is a comprehensive evaluation of inequities which serves as a benchmarking tool to address disparities in educational systems. An equity audit can help institutions find what they are doing to help their students achieve desired outcomes and what they can do to improve.

Steps To Consider

In order to promote diversity at your institution, you can implement anything from on-campus enhancements and wide-sweeping administrative changes. Below are some steps that other institutions across the country are taking to promote diversity on their campuses:

Ultimately, only your institution can decide what is right for your population. While these steps are examples of what others are doing to address diversity at their respective institutions, campus-wide initiatives should be tailored to meet the institution and local community’s unique needs.

RCM&D Is Here To Help

RCM&D is here to help you ensure stability in today’s changing landscape. Our Education Practice is here to help you navigate best practices and ensure the safety and well-being of your students, faculty and staff while maintaining the operational efficiency of your institution. Our Risk Control and Safety team are available to help you assess any physical or compliance-related risks and develop comprehensive plans for mitigation.