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Catalyst Paper

Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Public Engagement on Campus

The aim is to integrate people working under the umbrella of equity, diversity and inclusion with those working under the umbrella of community, public and civic engagement.

This catalyst paper offers a framework for connecting a set of conversations about change in higher education that often proceed separately but need to be brought together to gain traction within both the institutional and national policy arenas.  The aim is to integrate projects and people working under the umbrella of equity, diversity and/or inclusion with those working under the umbrella of community, public and/or civic engagement.

Further, we aim to integrate both of these change agendas with efforts on campus to address the access and success of traditionally underserved students. We also hope to connect efforts targeting students, faculty and broader communities in each of these arenas.   We offer an approach that situates the integration of these three change agendas squarely within the core values and mission of higher education.

This paper grew out of a discovery that each of the authors, and the organizations they represent, have come to the realization that the long term success of diversity, public engagement, and student success initiatives requires their fuller integration with each other and the transformation of their larger institutional settings.

The Center for Institutional and Social Change, Imagining America (IA), the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), Syracuse University’s Scholarship in Action, and IA’s Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) program have come together to build knowledge and momentum for integrating these initiatives.  This catalyst paper is intended to stimulate conversations and movement in that direction.

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