The Diverse Campus: Intersecting Access and Equity across the Student Experience


Thursday, February 1, 2018 
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

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Higher education is at a crossroads to find the most effective strategies to enhance its diversity and to discern how effective pedagogy, curriculum, and diversity practices may promote and sustain societal transformation and innovations for individual and collective successes. Flash points centering on identity and ideology have disrupted many campuses around the country, creating intergroup divisions, limiting the effectiveness of learning environments, and revealing longstanding inequities.  As demographics and strategies drive some measure of student compositional diversity across many institutions of higher education, people on campus encounter near-stagnant faculty diversity and ongoing challenges to sustain positive campus climate. As the nature of career development changes, educators are asked – are your students graduating with the cultural awareness and team skills to support academic and professional success, and how do you know if they are? 

How do educators and other campus members articulate and enact the value of diversity in ways that realize campus missions, align to strategic plans, and support engagement, access, and success among increasingly diverse and talented constituents?  This workshop includes current research, demographic trends, tools, and resources to aid participants as they frame comprehensive success plans to enhance equity and inclusion at their home institutions.  Specifically, workshop facilitators engage participants in multiple learning approaches gleaned from literature review including case analysis, active listening, dialogues, and role play to springboard planning for equity and inclusion initiatives. Participants will explore seminal and recent theory in diversity studies, learning, and organizational change, and apply learning to address 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 national strategies, and customized planning models to frame plans and evaluations of equity and inclusion efforts at their respective campuses.

Workshop Learning Outcomes

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Define and compare the terms of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the implicit and explicit values emphasized in their practices across different institutional contexts;
  • Identify intersections across theories on learning, college student development, and organizational change to inform diversity scholarship and effective institutional practices;
  • Apply strategies through dialogues and role-play that may guide effective programming, coalition-building, reporting, and leadership accountability on equity and inclusion across multiple campus contexts;
  • Evaluate the utility of various resources and tools in diversity work associated with students, staff, faculty, and public constituents;
  • Create a framework for diversity planning and reporting 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, Executive Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence, University of California, Irvine

Joe Slowensky, Professor, Vice Provost of Institutional Effectiveness, Faculty Affairs, and ALO, Chapman University

Hotel Reservations: We encourage participants to make their hotel reservations as soon as possible. Given The Diverse Campus workshop is being held on a campus, WSCUC has not contracted nor secured a group rate with any particular hotel. There are many websites online that help with finding reasonably priced hotels.

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

Registration fees:  $300/per team member.  After the registration deadline, if space is available, the late registration fee will be $360/per team member.

Discount for Combined Registration: Assessment 201: Advanced Topics in Assessment will be offered on February 2, 2018 at Pitzer. The special rate for a combined registration for The Diverse Campus and Assessment 201 workshops is $525 until 1/18/2018. After the registration deadline, if space is available, the late registration fee will be $645 /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: February 1, 2018 - 8:30am to February 1, 2018 - 4:30pm

Fee: Free