Leadership for Higher Education’s Role in Promoting Diversity and Social Transformation

This project, “Leadership for Higher Education’s Role in Promoting Diversity and Social Transformation — Extending Pathways of Inclusion in the United States,” is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Office of the Vice Provost at the University of Michigan.

Our objective for the project is to reinvigorate commitment within higher education institutions to assert strategic leadership around national issues related to diversity and inclusion.  Several years of our research, bridging a number of discrete studies, which have investigated patterns in institutional practices determining access to higher education for undocumented students, has shown that university leaders are increasingly unwilling to take risks to support diversity and inclusion on their campuses.  Survey and case studies suggest that this trend is partially explained by the ways in which administrators understand and manage risk.

We believe that by tailoring information to higher education administrators who are positioned in a small set of identified administrative roles, we will influence decision structures in their institutions and, over time, amplify colleges and universities’ collective capacities to assert leadership in issues related to inclusion, diversity and opportunity.