1st Edition

Becoming a Diversity Leader on Campus Navigating Identity and Situational Pressures

Edited By Eugene T. Parker III Copyright 2022
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Illuminating the emerging importance of the diversity leader on college campuses, this book offers perspectives and narratives from diversity leaders at institutions of higher education.

    Becoming a Diversity Leader on Campus unpacks the tension of how diversity leadership is shaped by external factors and pressures that confront colleges and universities, as well as by the unique experiences and identities of the individuals appointed to diversity leadership positions. This book offers a better understanding of how diversity leaders make meaning and sense of their roles, desire, and passion for promoting diversity within their institutions. Chapter authors offer narratives that represent their realities regarding the concept of diversity leadership, how they came to be in their roles, and how diversity leaders do diversity work.

    This important resource provides practical strategies and guides faculty and higher education professionals in navigating the situational, contextual, and relational constructs within the social and cultural contexts of college and university campuses.

    Part One: Understanding

    1. Diversity Leadership in Higher Education: Theoretical and Conceptual Considerations
    Eugene T. Parker III

    2. Empowering Diversity Leaders: Reflecting on the Chief Diversity Officer Role
    Raul A. Leon

    Part Two: Becoming

    3. Becoming a Senior Diversity Administrator: You Don’t Get To Have All of Me
    Brighid Dwyer and LaTanya N. Buck

    4. Becoming a Diversity and Inclusion Leader Was Not the Original Plan
    steven p bryant

    5. Lead Self First: Leadership and Social Justice Self-Actualization from Within the System
    Kelli A. Perkins and Rafael A. Rodriguez 

    Part Three: Doing

    6. Doing Diversity: Steps Toward the Impossible
    Jennifer Hamer, Annie McBride, Kierstin McMichael and Precious Porras

    7. Navigating Social Location and Identity as Transformative Praxis for Higher Education Diversity Administrators: Which Hat Do I Wear Now?
    Bennyce E. Hamilton and Kelley C. Kimple

    8. Taking It Personally: The Personal is Political is Professional for Women of Color Diversity Leaders
    Allison C. Roman, Precious Porras, Willette A. Capers, Bulaong Ramiz and Shantel Martinez

    9. Navigating Call-Out Culture: An Approach for Campus Transformation and Diversity Leader Resilience
    Tony N. Tyler and Erin Lain


    Eugene T. Parker III is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Kansas.