The Diverse Campus: Improving Access, Equity, and the Student Experience


Wednesday, January 16, 2019 
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kellogg West Conference Center
Pomona, CA


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Schools and colleges across the higher education landscape are working to find the most effective ways to enhance access, equity, and inclusion in their educational programs. As efforts are undertaken to realize these goals, longstanding inequities that limit the effectiveness of learning environments continue to be revealed while controversies focused on identity and ideology disrupt institutions around the country. Demographic changes play a role in driving some measures of compositional diversity among students, but many campuses encounter near-stagnant faculty diversity and face ongoing challenges to foster a positive and inclusive campus climate. All of these conditions persist alongside the imperative to graduate students with the cultural awareness and collaborative skill necessary to support personal growth, professional success, and informed civic engagement.

These realities give rise to a set of critical questions: how do we articulate the value of diversity, and how do we develop organizational structures and educational opportunities that support these values and align with institutional missions and strategic plans? And how can planning processes and mission support engagement, access, and success among increasingly diverse students?

This workshop will explore a variety of potential solutions to these questions drawn from current research, demographic trends and their implications, and learning and teaching tools and resources. Facilitators will help participants frame plans to enhance equity and inclusion at their institutions and explore seminal and recent theory in diversity studies, learning, and organizational change. This knowledge will be applied to key levers for organizational and individual change. By the close of the workshop, participants will have solid working knowledge of evidence-informed practices, familiarity with multiple strategies for improvement, and models to frame planning and evaluation for equity and inclusion efforts.

Workshop Learning Outcomes

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand and compare definitions of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education
  • Identify how theories of learning, college student development, and organizational change inform effective institutional practices and diversity scholarship
  • Evaluate resources and tools for use in implementing access, equity, and inclusion strategies for students, staff, faculty, and public constituents
  • Apply strategies for effective programming, coalition-building, reporting, and accountability to institutional contexts
  • Create a framework for diversity planning and assessment guided by facilitators’ models and other evidence-based tools

Intended Audience

This workshop is designed for faculty, staff, and administrators from across the entire institution who are interested in addressing issues surrounding diversity and in improving equity, access, and inclusion on their campus.

Workshop Facilitators

Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth

Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth is Executive Director for the Office of Inclusive Excellence at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), where she collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to oversee program development and responsive research and assessment for diversity, equity, and campus climate initiatives. Her diverse responsibilities within higher education for more than two decades have ranged from academic curriculum development and implementation, evaluation of student admissions and advising, to training, measurement development, and assessment planning as Director of Assessment, Research, and Evaluation for the UCI Division of Student Affairs. Dr. Bonous-Hammarth also integrates her research interests in college student development and organizational change to frame her collaborative approaches to holistic learning assessment. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, a M.A. in literature from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.A. in English from Stony Brook University.

Joe Slowensky

Joe Slowensky is the Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Faculty Affairs at Chapman University. He supervises the offices of Faculty Affairs, Institutional Research, Diversity and Inclusion, Accreditation and Assessment, and the Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Before joining the Provost’s Office, Slowensky served as Chair of the Film Division in the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts where he holds his appointment as Professor. A screenwriter and producer, Slowensky has written and produced projects for ABC, the Disney Channel, and CBS. He is an emeritus member of the Writers Guild of America, West, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Writers Peer Group, where he’s a voting juror for the prime time Emmy Awards. A native of Houston, Texas, Slowensky received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Slowensky currently leads the Chapman Diversity Project, a 200-member, campus-wide, long-term, volunteer initiative designed to enhance the campus culture for diversity and inclusion.

Participants are responsible for their own hotel reservations. Kellogg West Conference Center and Lodge, located on the Cal Poly Pomona campus, is offering WSCUC workshop participants a discounted room rate of $105.00 Single $110.00 Double/night plus occupancy tax. To reserve rooms, contact the conference center at 909-869-2222. Mention “WSCUC – WASC Senior College and University Commission” to secure our group discount rate. The deadline for booking rooms in the WSCUC room block is January 4, 2019 or while rooms are available.

Registration fee includes lunch. Beverages and snacks will be available during breaks. Attendees will be on their own for all other meals.

Registration fees: $325/per team member until 1/4/19.  After the registration deadline, if space is available, the late registration fee will be $375/per team member.


This educational program has been developed by national and regional experts and is offered as a service to WSCUC member institutions and others who wish to learn about good practices applicable to all institutions. It is entirely optional, and our hope is that member institutions will find it helpful. WSCUC staff will be present to answer questions related specifically to accreditation expectations.

Event Details

Date: January 16, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: Free