Racial Equity

Planning for Higher Education Journal

‘Colorblind-Spots’ in Campus Design

Educational leaders are noting that conventional campus design planning efforts have neglected to include the voices of historically underserved communities. Socio-spatial inquiry can help institutions offer an equity approach to inclusivity and authentic engagement.
Example Plans

2021–2023 Strategic Plan

This short-duration strategic framework describes goals and very specific action steps to guide the institution through the current, globally tumultuous era.
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A Framework for Planning Organizational Diversity

Cox’s model is used to determine whether a unit is on its way to becoming an effective multicultural organization, highlighting strengths and areas for improvement.
Example Plans

Access to Excellence

This academic plan document enumerates the institution’s academic goals and strategies, with special focus on generating or enhancing interdisciplinary connections between the primary academic themes.
Example Plans

Belonging at Lafayette

This website for the university’s diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging program houses official statements, related initiatives ongoing in the campus community with recommendations and progress updates for each, events calendars, and more.
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Book Review: Broke

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Book Review: Critical Whiteness Praxis in Higher Education

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Book Review: The State Must Provide

Example Plans

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

The college’s diversity plan, including detailed strategies and metrics.
Conference Recordings

Education, Opportunity, and Justice in a Post-COVID World

No institution has escaped worrying about the wellbeing of staff, students, faculty and alumni; no school has gone untouched by the economic fallout of going online or staying in place; all anticipate new costs whether instruction is online or hybrid.

Examining Naming Issues on Campus

This is a SCUP Fellow Research Project Final Report for the 2020–2021 program. This report summarizes the specific cases of US institutions that addressed a problematic building or facility naming issue between 2014 and 2021 and what each of them chose to do when faced with this challenging decision.
Webinar Recordings

Facilities Planning for Community Colleges

The planning team for Portland Community College will discuss lessons learned while practicing equity to create an inclusive Facilities Plan for Oregon’s largest higher education institution on thresholds of global, local, and institutional shifts.
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If Tuition Rises . . .

When the cost of American higher education goes up, access to economic opportunity, social mobility, and positive academic outcomes are, subsequently, restricted for students of color. Campus admissions and retention planning professionals are first witnesses to the inequality.
Conference Presentations

Incorporating Critical Race Theory in Physical Planning

Learn from Portland Community College's ongoing exploration of what it means to apply Critical Race Theory to the built environment.
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Institutions Can Say They Encourage Staff DEI Professional Development . . .

This study examined professional development strategies for higher education professionals in the context of the post-George Floyd-era.
Conference Recordings

Keynote: The Empowered University

Freeman A. Hrabowski III has led a transformation of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) from a young, regional institution to an innovative research university. In our opening keynote, he discusses how—by taking a hard look in the mirror, understanding strengths and weaknesses, assessing opportunities and challenges, and engaging in difficult conversations—an empowered campus can innovate in course redesign, group-based and experiential learning, entrepreneurship and civic engagement, academic inclusion, and faculty diversity.

Learning Space Design for the Ethnically Diverse Undergraduate Classroom

This pilot study was conducted to evaluate how space contributes to the learning outcomes of a demographically diverse class of students at Morgan State University, a Historically Black Institution.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Leveraging Institutional Planning to Benefit Latinx Students

How can institutional planners make a difference for underrepresented minority students? Senior administrators at East Los Angeles College addressed inequities in Latinx student transfer rates with data-backed culturally-relevant strategies.
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Prioritizing Campus Diversity Budgets

Researchers learned that if diversity initiatives were a strategic priority for an institution, the 2020 financial crisis did little to reduce budget allocations.
Conference Recordings

Reckoning with Entangled Histories

In this symposium, four institutions will share their approaches to these complicated questions and how they’re continuing the conversation around the legacy of slavery on their campuses.
Conference Recordings

SCUP Fellow Presentation | Naming Issues on Campus

In this session, we’ll describe the trends, challenges, and opportunities related to re-naming and de-naming on campus.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Seven Lessons in Inclusive Campus Design

Institutions are starting to grapple with histories of developing indigenous lands and the legacy of an able-bodied vernacular within campus design that continues to reinforce in-groups and out-groups.
Example Plans

Strategic Priorities 2014–2019

A high-level document enumerating the institution’s five strategic goals and strategies for achieving each goal.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Telling the Untold Stories

Through historical study, outreach, and education, undergraduate students at George Mason University began research that developed into the Enslaved Children of George Mason Project. The goal was to broaden the university narrative, encourage discussion about American ideals of equality and freedom, and transform a complex historical legacy and memorial into an inclusive campus place for reflection and dialogue.
Conference Recordings

The Process and Positive Outcomes of Indigenous Placemaking

Ryerson University's experience with indigenous placemaking offers valuable, practical insights into a process that can help your institution to respect and advance indigenous cultures while balancing many other contextual factors.
Webinar Recordings

Voices from the Field: Episode #20

Hear how Grand Valley State University’s Loren Rullman frames the changes COVID-19 brings to student life, using the word “more”—more technology, more options, more outside-the-box thinking, and more action and cultural change—as we look ahead to the transformation of campuses for fall and beyond.