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How higher ed leaders can generate productive conversations around race

April 2, 2018

Institution leaders are increasingly realizing that as the makeup of incoming students becomes more socioeconomically, age and racially diverse — and controversial instances of free speech and student protests become more frequent within more politically engaged generations at the same time — they are going to have to make their campuses more welcoming and appealing as a part of their business models. Hollins University President Pareena Lawrence told Education Dive in an Office Hours video that those schools unprepared to handle these new potential enrollees are going to fall behind:

“Are we ready for a student body that is primarily students of color— and that is going to come soon, so if we are not cognizant of it right now our schools and universities will not be ready in the next 10 years — to welcome this large incoming class of students of color,” said Lawrence.

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