Creating a sense of belonging for diverse students on campus: Opinion

January 11, 2022
Campuses must create a sense of belonging for all students on campus, writes Mary Ann Villarreal, but some parts of campus are doing a better job than others. Students are noticing diversity on campus, which Villarreal says is a major first step that should be followed by intentionally fostering a sense of belonging. The author argues that public higher education institutions must continue to be “torchbearers” for diversity because of the scale of their reach. “When [an] institution centers equity at the intersection of student belonging practices, not only do students see themselves in the institution, but the institution becomes a reflection of the diversity of communities they serve,” writes Villarreal. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)