Map out your justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion journey.
Justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JDE&I) are now imperative for the sustainability and vitality of higher education institutions. Boards must promote student success, institutional integrity, openness, and respect. They can only provide that leadership when they fully integrate JDE&I into their roles, responsibilities, agendas, policies, and practices. Becoming a champion for JDE&I is a complex, demanding journey. But it is completely essential to fulfilling the roles of higher education in supporting democracy, contributing to society, and serving the public good.
Questions for boards.
These are key questions for your board to consider.
- Does your board have a validated view of its current status on the issues of JDE&I?
- Has the board conducted a policy audit to assess relevance and impact of key policies on different campus populations?
- What JDE&I policies and practices have your board and campus leaders successfully enacted? Which ones were unsuccessful?
- Does the board receive data on students, faculty, and personnel on key performance indicators disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and gender that allow the board to understand and assess equity?
- Does the board have clear goals and benchmarks in place for measuring JDE&I? Does this include baseline campus climate measures?
- Has the board made the elimination of gaps in student success by race and gender a priority and committed adequate resources to this goal?
- Has the board reviewed its investments and investment managers from an environmental, social, and governance (ESG)/JDE&I perspective?
AGB supports boards and leaders building capacity for JDE&I.
Our advisors will help you assess how your history, culture, assumptions, and biases are shaping your policies, practices, operations, and impacts. Then we’ll help you identify priorities, define an action plan for incorporating JDE&I into your boardroom operations, develop your board members and leadership, measure your progress, and make adjustments so you can stay on course.
Meet one of our JDE&I experts.
Carlton Brown, EdD
Expertise: Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Carlton Brown, EdD, served as president of Clark Atlanta University for seven years. Prior to that role, he served as executive vice president and provost at Clark Atlanta and as the special assistant to the chancellor of the University System of Georgia. From 1997 to 2006, Brown served as president at Savannah State University after spending the previous ten years in the administration of Hampton University as a dean of education, dean of liberal arts and education, dean of the graduate college, and vice president for planning. Known as an agent of change and a builder of institutional communities, Brown has successfully developed new programs and re-engineered programs and schools throughout his career. He has led the development of strategic plans at all three institutions and the reclamation of cultural history.
“Our AGB engagement with 100 percent board and cabinet attendance created an inclusive environment for sharing, questioning, and realizing from where we’ve come, what we’ve yet to learn, and how we must sustain this journey.”
Thom D. Chesney, PhD
President, Clarke University