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Book of the Month

Diversity's Promise for Higher Education

Diversity's Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work

by Daryl G. Smith

Publication Date: September 2009
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Daryl G. Smith's career has been devoted to studying and fostering diversity in higher education. She has witnessed and encouraged the evolution of diversity from an issue addressed sporadically on college campuses to an imperative if institutions want to succeed. In Diversity's Promise for Higher Education, she analyzes how diversity is practiced today and offers new recommendations for effecting lasting and meaningful change.

Smith argues that in the next generation of work on diversity, student population mix and performance will no longer be acceptable indicators of an institution's diversity effectiveness. To become more relevant to society, the nation, and the world while remaining true to their core mission, institutions must begin to see diversity, like technology, as central to teaching and research. She proposes a set of practices that will help colleges and universities embrace diversity as a tool for institutional success. This thoughtful volume draws on 40 years of diversity studies. It offers both researchers and administrators an innovative approach to developing and instituting effective and sustainable diversity strategies.

Website Spotlight

Global Diversity and Inclusion

Microsoft Diversity and Inclusion


Executive Commitment to Diversity at Microsoft

Microsoft has a comprehensive plan to promote and integrate global diversity and inclusion at every level within our organization and in everything we do. Microsoft's executive staff are committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are a part of our everyday business, from acquiring and retaining great talent to serving customers and developing innovative products. They see diversity and inclusion as a long-term business strategy that will help enable the future success of the company.

Georgia Health Sciences University

Georgia Health Sciences University


Center for Patient- and Family-Centered Care

"Cultural competence seeks to design and implement services that are tailored or matched to the unique needs of individuals, children and families." - American Physical Therapy Association

For healthcare to be truly patient- and family-centered, cultural and linguistic competence must be an integral part of the provision of care whether at the hospital bedside or the dental chair, in the clinic, exam room, or lab, and during diagnostic procedures. In today's global society, patients as well as healthcare providers reflect increasing cultural and linguistic diversity. Practitioners, healthcare services and systems are responding to this diversity.

Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Life



The Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life provides education, advocacy, support, mentoring, academic engagement, and space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, questioning, and straight-allied students, staff, and faculty at Duke. The Center for LGBT Life also serves and supports Duke alumni/ae and the greater LGBTQ community.

Through its services, the Center encourages critical thinking about the intellectual, cultural, and political ramifications of sexual and gender difference at Duke and beyond. We seek to challenge bias and intolerance in order to promote affirmation and support a more hospitable campus climate.

June is Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Gay and Lesbian Pride Month


On June 2nd 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, "recognizing the joys and sorrows that the gay and lesbian movement has witnessed, and to celebrate our diversity and recognize the gay and lesbian Americans whose many and varied contributions have enriched our national life." June has been associated with gay and lesbian issues since June 28,1969, when gays at the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted arrest after the club was raided by the police. This event is considered the start of the modern gay rights movement in the U.S. and worldwide.


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