A practical guide for achieving equitable outcomes From Equity Talk to Equity Walk offers practical guidance on the design and application of campus change strategies for achieving equitable outcomes. Drawing from campus-based research projects sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California, this invaluable resource provides real-world steps that reinforce primary elements for examining equity in student achievement, while challenging educators to specifically focus on racial equity as a critical lens for institutional and systemic change. Colleges and universities have placed greater emphasis on education equity in recent years. Acknowledging the changing realities and increasing demands placed on contemporary postsecondary education, this book meets educators where they are and offers an effective design framework for what it means to move beyond equity being a buzzword in higher education. Central concepts and key points are illustrated through campus examples. This indispensable guide presents academic administrators and staff with advice on building an equity-minded campus culture, aligning strategic priorities and institutional missions to advance equity, understanding equity-minded data analysis, developing campus strategies for making excellence inclusive, and moving from a first-generation equity educator to an equity-minded practitioner. From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: A Guide for Campus-Based Leadership and Practice is a vital wealth of information for college and university presidents and provosts, academic and student affairs professionals, faculty, and practitioners who seek to dismantle institutional barriers that stand in the way of achieving equity, specifically racial equity to achieve equitable outcomes in higher education.
From the Back Cover
PRAISE FOR FROM EQUITY TALK TO EQUITY WALK Achieving equity in higher education requires clarity of purpose and sustained, purposeful action. The authors of this important new book are steeped in years of experience in both and provide us with insights, information, tactics and strategies presented so readers may move at their own pace. And move we must to make colleges and universities learning environments for all our students to thrive. --Sarita E. Brown, President, Excelencia in Education No one at any college or university ought to claim a serious commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion without first reading this important book and skillfully implementing its authors' smart recommendations. It overflows with conceptual brilliance, credible evidence, and practically useful strategies. --Shaun R. Harper, Provost Professor and Executive Director, University of Southern California Race and Equity Center From Equity Talk to Equity Walk is a master class on moving from the theory of the case for equity, to the expansive action that facilitates equity-mindedness, creates an equitable perspective of the way forward in higher education, and measures equitable outcomes for students. McNair, Bensimon and Malcom-Piqueux take the reader through the academic scholarship on equity and the practical application of the same through their direct, unapologetic approach on the matter and first-hand recounting of case studies of their direct work with hundreds of institutions, all in an effort to meet the reader where they are on their equity journey. From Equity Talk to Equity Walk serves as a confirming love letter for the duly-initiated equity walkers as well as a guide and a handbook for the newly-initiated equity talkers! --Yolanda Watson Spiva, PHD, President, Complete College America
From the front Cover
SHIFT YOUR CAMPUS CULTURE -- A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR ACHIEVING EQUITABLE OUTCOMES As the nation grows more diverse, colleges and universities are placing greater emphasis on creating equity-based educational environments where students, especially from racially minoritized backgrounds, can thrive. The changing realities of postsecondary education demand that faculty, academic administrators, and staff actively engage with structures, practices, and policies that produce racial inequality in educational outcomes. From Equity Talk to Equity Walk provides race-conscious guidance on designing and implementing effective campus change strategies that establish more expansive and equity-minded campus cultures. Rather than offering abstract concepts and vague buzzwords, this pragmatic guide delivers concrete, actionable steps to make racial equity the responsibility of all. Drawing from contemporary campus-based research projects sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California, the authors have developed a design framework for higher education, aligning strategic priorities and institutional missions to advance racial equity and to make excellence inclusive on any college campus. Featuring true-to-life campus examples that illustrate key points and core concepts, this book helps educators examine equity in student outcomes, racial equity, equity-minded data analysis, and what it means to move from a first-generation equity educator to an equity-minded practitioner. Education professionals at all levels will find From Equity Talk to Equity Walk an invaluable resource for dismantling the institutional barriers standing in the way of achieving racial equity and equitable outcomes in higher education.