Leading After a Racial Crisis: Weaving a Campus Tapestry of Diversity and Inclusion

Leading After a Racial Crisis: Weaving a Campus Tapestry of Diversity and Inclusion

To address issues of racial justice on campus, as well as histories of institutional racism, university and college leaders must engage with and connect groups holding different ideas, beliefs, and feelings, a report from the American Council on Education finds. A follow-up to a 2018 reportLeading After a Racial Crisis: Weaving a Campus Tapestry of Diversity and Inclusion (51 pages, PDF), examines the progress the University of Missouri has made since 2015, when the Columbia campus was embroiled in protests following a series of racist incidents on campus, as well as lessons learned that could help other institutions in resolving their own "racial crises." According to the report, activities that helped UM strengthen its DEI capacity include an Inclusive Excellence Framework, leadership training, resource investment in DEI efforts on all four of its campuses, and engagement with the local community. As a guide for rebuilding a campus community fragmented by a racial crisis, the report outlines a "weaver-leader" framework, the elements of which include over-communicating, setting expectations, and building relationships, all in the service of creating a shared vision and common ground on which to move forward.