The Role of the University Registrar in Promoting Inclusion

By Ruth Rees.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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School (i.e., university) policies and practices are the living embodiment of a society’s underlying values and educational philosophy… Schools can make a significant difference in the lives of students, and they are a key to maintaining a free and democratic society.” (Banks,, 2001). Furthermore, every member of the institution has the responsibility to contribute to creating and maintaining a caring environment for the future and current students.

Accordingly, the university Registrar is one of the key individuals in promoting inclusion at a university: in terms of attracting a diverse group of students TO the university, monitoring their progress while in the university, and ensuring that they graduate from the university. But how does a university attract a diverse group of students into their programs? And then, once admitted, what are the administrative roles that a university registrar must play in order to ensure that students are successful in their programs and then graduate from the institution? These are challenges that every university Registrar must confront and surmount if they are promoting inclusionary practices.

This presentation will focus on some of the ways that Queen’s Education Registrar has addressed the challenge of inclusion in policies and procedures of the recruiting and admissions processes. I describe some of the ways that the Queen’s Education Registrar has taken up the university mantra of “equity is everyone’s business” through some of its strategies for outreach, recruiting, and admissions policies and practices.

Banks, J.A., Cookson, P., Gay, G., Hawley, W.D., Irvine, J.J., Nieto, S., Schofield, J.W., & Stephan, W.G. (2001). Diversity within unity: Essential principles for teaching and learning in a multicultural society. Phi Delta Kappan, 83(3), 196-203.

Keywords: University Registrar, Roles, Promoting Equity, Inclusion

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.157-166. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.170MB).

Dr. Ruth Rees

Professor (Previously the Registrar of Education), Educational Leadership and Equity, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Ruth Rees has been involved in issues of equity and leadership at Queen’s University over the last 25 years: as a faculty member teaching pre-service teachers and graduate students the importance of dealing with issues of equity and diversity in the classroom and as an educational leader, as a member of the university-wide Employment Equity committee, as the individual responsible for equity in the recruiting and hiring of other faculty members, and her role previous roles of Associate Dean and most recent as the Registrar. Her latest writing is on the inclusive educational leader.


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