What does diversity have to do with higher education? Diversity promotes learning. In their landmark Supreme Court case on Affirmative Action, the University of Michigan demonstrated that interactions across social identity differences have the potential to make us smarter. With…
|Difference brings a richness of ideas, the highest quality solutions, and opportunities to continually expand our possibilities and challenge our capacities. Research demonstrates that heterogeneity, done well, makes us smarter, better, more interesting.|
|Distrust, misperceptions, and conflicts related to difference too often impair success and productivity, decrease satisfaction and well-being, and undermine cohesion – creating limitations rather than possibility. As situations erode, participants withdraw, systemic problems increase, and problematic behaviors become more likely.|
Diversity’s potential is realized through equity and inclusion
when interactions across difference are motivated, facilitated, resourced, and understood.