Event Title

Behind the Veil: Rethinking Diversity Narratives in Christian Higher Education

Location

Weter 202

Keywords

Day of Common Learning

Description

As Christian colleges and universities continue to focus their missions with greater attention to diversity as a core value, at the same time that our nation faces growing racial and social tensions, there is good opportunity to reconsider key imperatives that have shaped diversity discourse in higher education. During this session, we will examine three prevailing narratives in higher education diversity work, demonstrating the ways in which taken-for-granted rationales for diversity may actually obscure more complex historical realities and manifestations of racism, as well as other forms of structural and ideological exclusion, that are more challenging to dismantle. This session seeks to explore and expand ways of framing diversity work in higher education by asking, “How can we think anew about the work of diversity in Christian higher education in a way that speaks simultaneously to our faith commitments and the need to develop institutional capacity for effective, sustainable change?”

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Oct 18th, 1:00 PM

Behind the Veil: Rethinking Diversity Narratives in Christian Higher Education

Weter 202

As Christian colleges and universities continue to focus their missions with greater attention to diversity as a core value, at the same time that our nation faces growing racial and social tensions, there is good opportunity to reconsider key imperatives that have shaped diversity discourse in higher education. During this session, we will examine three prevailing narratives in higher education diversity work, demonstrating the ways in which taken-for-granted rationales for diversity may actually obscure more complex historical realities and manifestations of racism, as well as other forms of structural and ideological exclusion, that are more challenging to dismantle. This session seeks to explore and expand ways of framing diversity work in higher education by asking, “How can we think anew about the work of diversity in Christian higher education in a way that speaks simultaneously to our faith commitments and the need to develop institutional capacity for effective, sustainable change?”