Planning for Higher Education Journal

Beyond the Diversity Crisis Model

Decentralized Diversity Planning and Implementation
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From Volume 36 Number 2 | January–March 2008
By Damon A. Williams
Planning Types: Strategic Planning

This article critiques the diversity crises model of diversity planning in higher education and presents a decentralized diversity planning model. The model is based on interviews with the nation’s leading diversity officers, a review of the literature and the authors own experiences leading diversity change initiatives in higher education. The model proposes three-year cycles of diversity planning and implementation to achieve secondary or deep organizational change. Ten action phases are offered to help senior leadership, institutional planning professionals, diversity officers, and others, to establish a strategic diversity planning and implementation process that is multifaceted, dynamic, coordinated, and evolving.

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