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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Strategy in Higher Education
To have diversity in universities means that you must include those not represented or under-represented, either as students or faculty members.
People are now fighting against the notion of exclusivity and discrimination. The idea of discrimination is passe for many. Many institutions, whether public or private, no longer tolerate it. Most people no longer feel that he/she is better than anyone by belonging to a particular race or ethnicity. Sooner or later, the thing itself will become history.
Nowhere has been discrimination more discredited than in the universities. Universities are the bastion of freedom, knowledge, and social responsibility. One can expect that they will be the vanguard in the overall fight against discrimination and other forms of social injustice. Of all the social institutions, universities are the ones heading the campaign for greater diversity and inclusivity.
But in the context of educational institutions, what does diversity mean? And why are diversity and inclusion better for universities?
What does it mean by diversity DEI in university?
To have diversity in universities means that you must include those not represented or under-represented, either as students or faculty members. The exclusion of others is due to several factors, among which, of course, is discrimination. With the fight for equality in rights and opportunities, it is time to open up the universities for others.
Diversity in higher education faculty
People who belonged to different races and the underprivileged have shown themselves to be equally capable of being teachers, professors, and faculty members. Their talent could be at par with the privileged, and sometimes, even better. There is absolutely no reason they should not be allowed to teach or be part of the faculty.
They must be included in universities, for they could contribute a lot to producing and disseminating knowledge. Not only that. The knowledge and experience of the marginalized and underprivileged can contribute to our overall understanding of discrimination and inequality.
Those things must be borne in mind by the powers that be in the university. Their inclusion will promote a better understanding of their plight and the experience of the marginalized and previously excluded in general. Understanding them will create better harmony among all members of society in general and those in universities in particular.
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