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Do or diversity

  1. 1. Do or DiversityDerek BrinkleyCoordinator of Multicultural RecruitmentXavier University
  2. 2. Agenda• What is diversity?• Why is diversity important in higher education?• Challenges of recruiting diverse students• Effective strategies for recruiting diverse students• Questions/Discussion
  3. 3. What is Diversity? c&feature=related
  4. 4. No, seriously… What is Diversity?• Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines diversity as “the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization”• Variety or point of difference in reference to identity
  5. 5. Dimensions of Identity• Gender • Nationality• Race/Ethnicity • Geographical Location• Socioeconomic Status • Religion• Sexual Orientation • Educational• Culture Background• Abilities• Gender Expression• Age
  6. 6. Circles of My Diverse Self• Fill in circles with four dimensions of your identity• Share a story when you were especially proud to be associated with one of your identifiers• Share a story when it was painful to be associated with one of your identifiers• Share a stereotype you have heard about one dimension of you identity that fails to describe you accurately
  7. 7. Why is This Important?Must examine and understand yourself andwhat biases you bring to the table in order to effectively serve students from all diverse backgrounds
  8. 8. Why is Diversity Important in Higher Education?• Enriches the collegiate experience by providing students with opportunities to learn from those who are different• Introduces students to unfamiliar situations• Prepares both underrepresented students and “majority” students for real life in the workplace
  9. 9. Who are Underrepresented Students?• Depends on your school or institution – Race – Ethnicity – Gender – First Generation – Low-income – Geography
  10. 10. Challenges of Recruiting Underrepresented Students• Perceptions and beliefs• Lack of knowledge and support in navigating higher education admissions• Location• Finances• Others?
  11. 11. Effective Strategies for Recruiting Underrepresented Students• Start early• Get to know your students and involve all• Involve all campus resources – Multicultural affairs, TRiO, student organizations• On campus visit programs – Bus, plane, overnight
  12. 12. Effective Strategies for Recruiting Underrepresented Students• Scholarships/Financial Aid• Communication Flows• Off Campus Outreach – HS Visits, Fairs, Churches, Community Festivals• Access Groups – OCAN, Upward Bound, IKIC, CYC, Gear UP, College Now
  13. 13. Other Tips• Find out if your institution has a diversity plan/diversity statement• Find out what your office/school does to support diversity. Do you have goals?• Attend conferences/Get involved – Guiding the Way to Inclusion – Multicultural Concerns Committee of OACAC
  14. 14. Any Questions/Comments/Concerns? Best of Luck and Thank You! Derek Brinkley 513-745-3886