Diversity and equity initiatives, goals require re-examination over time: Flier

January 9, 2019

“As biases and barriers diminish, programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion continue to grow, professionalize, and gain influence,” writes Jeffrey Flier. “In the process, fresh issues arise.” Flier writes about the importance of fostering diversity and equity in post-secondary institutions, while criticizing well-intentioned initiatives that he argues can open the door to political influence, encourage censorship, or create confusion and controversy. Flier argues that the sector must review diversity and equity principles and programs, engage in open and honest community dialogue about these initiatives, and ensure alignment with clearly articulated goals in order to avoid stalling the progress of recent decades and undermining the fundamental values of the academy. 

Chronicle of Higher Education