Texas Tech University

Faculty Fellows Talks

Dr. Matthew Johnson

February 2, 2017

"The Origins of Diversity in Higher Education"

The diversity ideal—the idea that a diverse student body improves the quality of an institution and prepares students for a 21st century democracy and economy—is now commonplace in college and university mission statements across the country. While many scholars have written about the consequences of this ideal for racial justice, few have investigated its origins. As a result, many scholars have misinterpreted the impact of diversity language on racial inclusion policies. This talk focuses on the University of Michigan in order to explain why administrators adopted diversity language in the early 1980s. I suggest that understanding the diversity ideal's origins at Michigan sheds new light on the evolution of inclusion policies over the last forty years.

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