Book of the Month
Occupying the Academy: Just How Important Is Diversity Work in Higher Education?
Christine Clark, Kenneth James Fasching-Varner, Mark Brimhall-Vargas (Editors)
August 2, 2012
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
In the wake of the election of President Obama, many diversity scholars and practitioners imagined that renewed commitments to educational equity and justice were just around the corner. Unfortunately, the opposite has become the Obama-era reality. Across the country, equity and diversity workers at all levels in university and colleges, but especially Chief Diversity Officers in public institutions, are under assault. Is this assault a result of a pre-meditated and carefully calculated conservative political agenda or the unfortunate consequence of how largely white, politically conservative—and the power bases they represent—are expressing their anger about the changing racial landscape in the United States? This volume explores and deconstructs the reasons for this assault from various perspectives. This volume also illustrates how the national assault on equity and diversity has resulted in a continuum. At one end are “diversity-friendly” institutions that are benignly neglecting equity/diversity efforts because of state budget crises. At the other end of the spectrum are the deliberate efforts being made to systematically dismantle equity and diversity work in especially politically conservative states.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is to foster a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment that ensures equal opportunity through national policy development, workforce analysis, outreach, retention, and education to best serve our Nation's Veterans.
Durham Pastor William Turner to Deliver Duke's MLK Chapel Keynote Jan. 20
Durham, NC - The Rev. William C. Turner, a 1971 Duke University graduate and a member of one of the first classes to include African Americans, will deliver the keynote address for the university's annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration.
This year's theme, "Praise, Protest & Power: 50 Years in the Making," complements the 50th anniversary of Duke's first black undergraduate students, a nine-month, university-wide commemoration.
The keynote, which is free and open to the public, is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in Duke Chapel. Parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage (see map at maps.duke.edu/map/?id=21&mrkId=2963).
Turner is pastor of Durham's Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church. He has spent his academic career at Duke, first as a student and currently as a professor. This year's commemoration honors the pioneering achievements of Turner and his peers.
"The growth and development of Duke University in the last 50 years is nothing less than stunning, and the decision to admit African Americans to the student body is no less pivotal. This decision opened the way to far greater inclusion and openness on the campus," Turner said. "The commemoration -- of both Dr. King's legacy and the inclusion of black students -- includes remembering the anguish of the struggle, celebrating the achievement and highlighting lessons to be learned as we move toward a future that can be even brighter and bring greater benefits to our global community."
Turner was the first to integrate Duke's football team as a walk-on player. In addition to earning a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, Turner received a master of divinity degree in 1974 and a doctorate in religion in 1984, both from Duke. He has served the university as assistant provost and dean of black affairs, acting director of the African and African American Studies Department and director of black church affairs. He has taught theology for many years at Duke Divinity School and is now a professor of the practice of homiletics. Over the years, Turner has helped recruit an increasingly diverse student body.
"The trajectory of Rev. Turner's career as a student, administrator and now as a professor seems to so perfectly exemplify the notion of reflecting upon and celebrating the contributions of black students over the past 50 years," said Benjamin Reese, co-chair of the MLK Planning Committee and the vice president for Duke's Office for Institutional Equity. "We feel so fortunate to still have on campus 'the good Reverend,' as we call him, to help us continue the work of building a fully engaged, equitable and respectful community, continuing the work sparked by those early black students."
Learn more about this year's commemoration, including an updated listing of events, at mlk.duke.edu.
Questions and Answers: Religious Discrimination in the Workplace
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