Embedding Diversity in the University: A Case Study

By Patrick J. Ashton.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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As student bodies become more diverse, the challenge for many universities is how to create an environment that is welcoming and promotes their success in terms of retention and ultimate graduation. As universities have adapted to these new conditions, they have implemented a variety of changes. However, these changes are often ad hoc or dependent upon the leadership and commitment of particular staff members. The challenge is to embed these changes in the organizational structure of the university. Using the experience of a mid-size Midwestern United States public university, this paper uses the concepts of knowledge management and organizational culture to develop criteria for assessing success in embedding diversity into the organizational structure of the university. Recommendations for further changes are then developed.

Keywords: Diversity, Organizational Change, Universities, Knowledge Management, Organizational Culture

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.39-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.285MB).

Dr. Patrick J. Ashton

Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Director, Peace and Conflict Studies, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, USA

For over 30 years I have been involved in diversity efforts within the university. I have taught diversity-related courses, participated in recruitment and faculty development efforts, and served on various campus and systemwide task forces. I have received a number of diversity-related teaching awards, and have published several articles in this area.

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