Lisa Garcia Bedolla, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Education & Dept. of Political Science

A Holistic Approach to Advancing Diversity in Graduate Programs.

Description

Semester: 
Fall 2021
Lecture Time: 
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Lecture Location: 

R0220, Ross Building

Abstract

The first round of attempts to diversify the academy, what we call Diversity 1.0, largely entailed attempting to remediate underrepresented students, through program support and other efforts, so that they could thrive within the academy. By and large, these efforts did not consider the biases embedded within institutions of higher education and the institutional changes that need to happen in order for minoritized students to feel they belong and can thrive within these institutional spaces. That deeper, institutional work is what we call Diversity 2.0 -- the process of evaluating and addressing the structural factors that make departments and campuses feel unwelcoming and unsupportive to minoritized students. To address this challenge, we suggest a holistic approach, one that includes a focus on admissions, belonging, climate, and data equity, as the best approach for creating the institutional transformations needed to make departments and campuses truly inclusive.