Boards and Institutional Diversity: Missed Opportunities, Points of Leverage
Since the financial crisis of 2008, board agendas have been dominated by financial and enrollment concerns. Yet boards can also play a key role in addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.
Given the many points of leverage they can apply, boards are uniquely positioned to advance change in ways other institutional stakeholders cannot. This paper explores how boards and institutional leaders can forge a tighter link between governance and campus diversity, one that leads to positive progress on a difficult and nuanced set of issues.
The authors based their report on personal observations and a detailed examination of the literature on board governance and campus diversity.