What Makes Racial Diversity Work in Higher Education

Academic Leaders Present Successful Policies and Strategies

Edited by Frank W. Hale
Foreword by William E. Kirwan
September 2003
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  • Publisher
    Stylus Publishing
  • Published
    22nd September 2003
  • ISBN 9781579220679
  • Language English
  • Pages 336 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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* A unique reference describing successful diversity initiatives in higher education

Higher education, like the nation, is facing major demographic changes. Our colleges and universities recognize they not only have to be more inclusive, but that they have to provide an environment that will effectively retain and develop the growing population of ethnically and racially diverse students. How ready are they and what should they be doing?

Frank W. Hale, Jr. -- known as the "Dean of Diversity" for his pioneering efforts in establishing Ohio State as one of the institutions graduating the most Black Ph.D.s -- has gathered twenty-two leading scholars and administrators from around the country who describe the successful diversity programs they have developed.

Recognizing the importance of diversity as a means of embracing the experiences, perspectives and expertise of other cultures, this book shares what has been most effective in helping institutions to create an atmosphere and a campus culture that not only admits students, faculty and staff of color but accepts and welcomes their presence and participation.

This is a landmark reference for every institution concerned with inclusivity and diversity. The successes it presents offers academic leaders much they can learn from, and ideas and procedures they can adapt, as they discuss and develop their own campus policies and initiatives.


Samuel Betances
Donald Brown
Carlos E. Cortés
Myra Gordon
Linda S. Greene
Frank W. Hale, Jr.
Margaret N. Harrigan
William B. Harvey
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
Lee Jones
William “Brit” Kirwan
Paul Kivel
Antoinette Miranda
JoAnn Moody
Leslie N. Pollard
Neil L. Rudenstine
William E. Sedlacek
Mac A. Stewart
M. Rick Turner
Clarence G. Williams
Raymond A. Winbush

“This comprehensive 336-page book…speaks directly to the question, What makes diversity work in higher education? The authors do a great job of sharing strategies and techniques used by their own institutions to enhance diversity. This book would be excellent for university professionals interested in understanding the importance of diversity and implementing diversity initiatives to support faculty and students…an excellent resource guide.”

Delila Owens, Journal of the Profesoriate

"This is a very useful collection of eighteen insightful essays for department chairs, deans, provosts, and others in positions of responsibility who are able to influence a college or university's policies and strategies to develop and advance a racially and culturally inclusive teaching and learning environment."

- Teaching Theology and Religion Journal

"A compendium of resources. Some chapters might be more useful to student affairs practitioners. Others might be useful to teachers and administrators. In general the personal narratives emerge most strongly as a testament to the efforts and struggles involved in transforming the capacity of higher education to successfully educate students of color."

Journal of College Student Development

Foreword: Diversity in Higher Education—Why It Matters—William "Brit" Kirwan; IIntroduction: The Complications and Challenges in the Championing of Diversity—Frank W. Hale, Jr.; 1) The Culture of Power—Paul Kivel; 2) A Brief Meditation on Diversity and “Duhversity”—Raymond A. Winbush; 3) Limits to Pluribus, Limits to Unum — Unity, Diversity and the Great American Balancing Act—Carlos E. Cortés; 4) How to Become an Outstanding Educator of Hispanic and African American First Generation College Students—Samuel Betances; 5) Diversity and Learning at Harvard — A Historical View—Neil L. Rudenstine; 6) The MIT Experience — Personal Perspectives on Race in a Predominantly White University—Clarence G. Williams; 7) Self-discovery to Actualization — Charting a Course to Make a Difference—Antoinette Miranda; 8) The Office of African-American Affairs — a Celebration of Success—M. Rick Turner; 9) The Development of a Multicultural Student Services Office and Retention Strategy for Minority Students -- Still Miles To Go!—Lee Jones; 10) Effective Minority Programs at The Ohio State University—Mac A. Stewart; 11) Departmental Good Practices for Retaining Minority Graduate Students—JoAnn Moody; 12) Diversification of the Faculty — Frank Talk from the Front Line about What Works—Myra Gordon; 13) Overcoming the Odds—Producing High-Achieving Minority Students in Science and Engineering—Freeman A. Hrabowski, III; 14) The Combination of Opportunity and Support Equals Success—the Options through Education Program at Boston College—Donald Brown; 15) Strategic Priorities and Strategic Funding—Minority Faculty Hiring At the University of Wisconsin-Madison 1988-2003—Linda S. Greene and Margaret N. Harrigan; 16) A Multicultural Research Program—William E. Sedlacek; 17) Foundations for Making Racial Diversity Work—Leslie N. Pollard; 18) Deans as Diversity Leaders—Modifying Attitudes—Taking Bold Actions, Learning Lessons and Changing Cultures—William B. Harvey; Appendix: Hale’s Inventory for Assessing an Institution’s Commitment to Multicultural Programming—Frank W. Hale, Jr.; Index.

Frank W. Hale

Frank W. Hale is often referred to as the "Dean of Diversity" in higher education. He is in constant demand as a lecturer and consultant. His book, What Makes Racial Diversity Work in Higher Education, is widely used in colleges and universities throughout the country. He is Vice Provost and Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University where he served from 1971-1988, and 1999-2005. He was previously President of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama.