1st Edition

Revising the Curriculum and Co-Curriculum to Engage Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Edited By Norah P. Shultz Copyright 2024
    190 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Entering at a critical time in the national dialogue on higher education and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), this edited book presents case studies from six institutions that have successfully enacted curricular change.

    Pulled from research, state, private, and small colleges as well as various regions of the United States, these case studies cover a range of approaches, including faculty-driven and institution-wide processes, aimed at engaging the entire campus, as well as efforts at the classroom and disciplinary level. Accompanying chapters overview the work, exploring themes and best practices, discuss the current political climate, and offer cutting-edge research on assessment in DEI.

    An inspiring and practical read for higher education faculty, leaders, and practitioners, this book demonstrates that curricular change is an achievable, worthwhile, and urgently necessary pursuit.


    1. Leading the Way—Part I

    Norah P. Shultz

    Creating Change

    2. Decolonizing the Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Workshopping for Liberal Arts Faculty to Overcome Inertia

    Regine O. Jackson and Tracey E. W. Laird

    3. Promoting Student Success by Engaging in Anti-racist Efforts at a Health Sciences University

    Lynette S. Sparkman-Barnes and Sebastiano J. Procopio

    4. Creating an Antiracist College

    Taifha Natalee Alexander, Kim A. Rostan, James Stukes, Tasha Smith-Tyus, and Tiara Woney

    5. Working to Create an Equitable University through Antiracist and Decolonial Theory and Practice

    Diana J. Fox and Jenny Olin Shanahan

    6. An Institutional Movement

    Norah P. Shultz and Jennifer Imazeki

    Assessing Change

    7. Improved Learning Outcomes through a Theme of Leadership for Social Justice & Equity in Core Courses at a Higher Education Institution

    Tony L. Kroll

    8. Measuring Institutional Climate: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives in Postsecondary Education

    M. David Miller, Tammie L. Cumming, and Isana Leshchinskaya

    Obstacles to Change

    9. Silencing and Distracting: The Enduring Strategies of White Supremacy in Academia

    Abby L. Ferber and Noel A. Cazenave


    10. Leading the Way—Part II

    Norah P. Shultz


    Norah P. Shultz is Professor of Sociology and Director of Inclusive Curriculum for the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity at San Diego State University, USA.

    "Rather than presuming to provide a one-size-fits-all theory of change, this book provides refreshingly detailed and concrete reflections on how leaders advanced inclusive excellence through curricular and co-curricular reforms across a wide range of institutional and cultural contexts. This isn’t a guide so much as an urgent prompt for reflection and action. Readers will walk away inspired by examples of success and empowered by honest discussions of both challenges and opportunities presented when we embrace the idea that we should get our entire campuses involved in the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion."

    Jennifer Hart, Professor of History at Virginia Tech, USA

    "Revising the Curriculum and Co-Curriculum to Engage Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion seizes the reader's attention with its fearless challenge to entrenched norms in educational leadership and pedagogy. These seasoned authors draw on compelling DEI case studies to illustrate the extraordinary potential of antiracist and social justice practices to effect substantial change, thereby tearing down the ramparts of systemic racism that blight U.S. higher education.

    By weaving social justice and equity objectives into an array of curricular and co-curricular initiatives, this manifesto proposes a paradigm shift that emboldens educators to catalyze vital educational transformations. Its voice resounds with resilience, experience, and unwavering dedication to DEI principles, despite the constant echoes of white resistance. Journey with us here to the heart of a necessary DEI revolution."

    Joe Feagin, Distinguished Professor, Texas A&M University, USA