By Dr. Rona Tamiko Halualani
I, along with my team, have made this argument through Halualani & Associates' diversity mapping methodology since 2007 (and a new retention-graduation efforts mapping methodology); that what institutions do and invest in (by way of resourced actions and strategies) matters. There is no magical formula for bringing about needed change; instead, the true pathway to change requires thoughtful and responsive action, unwavering commitment and investment on the part of institutions, and a sense of resilience against potential societal and political backlash against diversity infrastructures and efforts. Simply put, actions (and not just words) matter for the long haul. Moreover, actions need to be engaged in over time and with an eye on impact and campus change, and effective actions may take time and not everything can be scaled up or all at once.
This may seem to be an obvious argument but somehow along the way, those of us in higher education have lost sight of this key principle: institutional actions do matter.
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