The Diversity Initiatives in Higher Education course will provide graduate students with insight into policy issues related to diversity and inclusion efforts at public institutions in the United States. This course will expose students to a range of topical issues related to strategic and policy approaches to diversity in higher education and provide consideration for leadership who orchestrate organizational change. The course will provide students with a framework for examining organizational change initiatives such as the role of vision and mission in organizations, values conflict, and stakeholder management.
Students will engage with these issues through course readings, class discussions, and reflection on personal leadership behaviors. In addition, students will interact with personnel leading organizational change at the University of Michigan by analyzing current campus policies and strategic and policy responses to challenges they face.