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New book by Kent State administrator promotes culture of inclusion (06/22/2009)

University and college leaders seeking to attain greater diversity and inclusion on their campuses now have an effective resource to help them meet that challenge.

Alvin Evans, Kent State University’s associate vice president for human resources, has co-authored Bridging the Diversity Divide: Globalization and Reciprocal Empowerment (San Francisco: Jossey Bass) with Dr. Edna Breinig Chun,vice president for human resources and equity at Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

In this work, Evans and Chun identify the benefits of a cultural transformation where diversity and inclusion become a reality.

Evans says, “The book is designed to serve as a resource for forward-thinking higher education leaders who are committed to empowering all members of their community to achieve optimal inclusion and excellence.”

The authors build a substantial case that globalization will unseat and unbalance long-standing institutional barriers to inclusion. They view globalization as a catalyst for change since it has fostered an increasing emphasis on talent, creativity and innovation.

In order to maintain competitiveness, they say, higher education leaders must create a sense of urgency by implementing transformational approaches to attain diversity and inclusion.

“Globalization presents not only new challenges for higher education, but also a clear mandate for change,” Evans says. “Inclusive excellence is not a quick fix. Only with profound organizational change will higher education institutions create a campus culture that values and celebrates the contributions of all.” 

The new book is designed as a companion volume to Evans and Chun’s work Are the Walls Really Down? Behavioral and Organizational Barriers to Faculty and Staff Diversity (Jossey Bass, 2007),winner of the 2007 Kathryn G. Hansen Publication Award from the College and University Professional Association in recognition of its significant contribution to the field of human resource administration. It defines institutional attitudes, behaviors and processes that continue to hinder integrating diversity and inclusion into the workplace culture.

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