Inclusive Directions: The Role of the Chief Diversity Officer in Community College Leadership (Hardback)
  • Inclusive Directions: The Role of the Chief Diversity Officer in Community College Leadership (Hardback)

Inclusive Directions: The Role of the Chief Diversity Officer in Community College Leadership (Hardback)

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Hardback 150 Pages / Published: 02/06/2017
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As community colleges continue to be significant in the national landscape of higher education by providing access to education and job training to diverse constituents, conversations about the support for strategic diversity leadership are paramount. Now more than ever, senior leaders must be intentional in aligning strategy with outcomes and guidance in relation to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Leaders must be diligent in pursuing an inclusive excellence agenda and promoting a strategy to support positive outcomes that impact cross-college collaboration that advances education completion and support. This practitioner's guide will provide timely and relevant insight on the ultimate benefits of strategic diversity leadership to promote inclusive excellence at community colleges. This book offers tangible resources and discusses the role of the chief diversity officer. This book will significantly benefit those interested in learning more about diversity and inclusion at community colleges and will provide insight into strategic diversity leadership. The book provides an in-depth view of the roles and responsibilities of the chief diversity officer, diversity strategic planning, and examines the various roles of diversity leaders at community colleges.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781475833812
Number of pages: 150
Weight: 404 g
Dimensions: 241 x 157 x 18 mm

We must be bolder in advancing the equity conversations on our community college campuses, and this is a valuable resource for chief diversity officers as well as other senior leaders to begin that complex work. This book provides insight for how professionals can define-and redefine-their work in this critical area. -- Karen A. Stout, president and CEO, Achieving the Dream, Inc.
Inclusive Directions compels community colleges to embody the commitment to diversity and inclusion that led to the birth of the community college movement more than a century ago. Today, most community college campuses find themselves faced with the urgency of now in promoting and sustaining environments of inclusive excellence. This book provides practical, thoughtful and strategic ways to meet this call to action. It effectively amplifies the need for the chief diversity officer and provides ways to leverage these executive level positions so that college campuses, and the communities they serve, will be uplifted and transformed. -- Steve Pemberton, Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreens and Author of A Chance in the World
Inclusive Directions offers a vision of community college diversity and inclusion leadership at the executive level, and justifies why CDO positions are so vital for success. This engaging book both shows the history of CDOs in community colleges and higher education generally and also offers a vision for how to move forward. This book is inspiration for the aspiring CDO and useful for current CDOs. -- Jennifer DeCoste, Vice President for Strategy CREDO-Comprehensive Higher Education Consulting Firm
Two things are sure: community colleges, with 50% of college students enrolled in them, are essential to the education of our nation and the role of chief diversity officers on college campuses is absolutely vital. Inclusive Directions is focused on both of these important areas, providing practical guidance that can be adopted, adapted, and implemented on community college campuses throughout the nation and doing so in an accessible, straightforward manner. -- Marybeth Gasman Ph.D, Professor; Director, Penn Center for Minority-Serving Institutions Higher Education Division Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Inclusive Directions offers meaningful guidance for higher education leaders interested in building the Chief Diversity Officer capability at Community Colleges. The book provides practical examples and insights that build from the leading research and frameworks, offering support to leaders interested in building meaningful roles that when complimented by strong strategic support can help their campuses to achieve greater diversity, equity, and inclusion outcomes than they could otherwise. It is an important contribution that will have relevance for years to come. -- Damon A. Williams Ph.D, Chief Catalyst Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership & Social Innovation and Senior Scholar and Innovation Fellow Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison
This publication could not be more timely, relevant or necessary. As fellow practitioners and change agents, at Kaleidoscope Group we believe in the critical impact of community colleges on the society, communities, workforce and organizational results. We also have the utmost respect for D&I leaders who relentlessly drive for the attainment of a truly diverse and inclusive college campus, despite many roadblocks and limited resources. This book extends terrific support to all those in need of additional guidance tools as well as the affirmation of value and impact of their highly meaningful (yet not always adequately recognized) efforts. These practitioners have demonstrated the passion, vision, intellect and heart to inspire others to embrace diversity and inclusion and necessary change. -- Doug Harris and Kasia Ganko-Rodriguez, CEO and Sr C, the Kalideoscope Group
It is a pleasure to endorse Inclusive Directions: The Role of the Chief Diversity Officer in Community College Leadership. Written by three seasoned community college professionals, and intended for fellow diversity officers and others in senior community college leadership positions, the manuscript offers proven strategies, examples and promising practices that readers can readily adopt to more fully develop diverse campus communities with inclusive cultures. This book will be a widely cited resource and a must read for community college leaders. -- Kenneth L. Ender, President, William Rainey Harper College

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