Why is Diversity in Higher Education Important? NYU Steinhardt Faculty First-Look Scholars Answer.

Why is Diversity in Higher Education Important? NYU Steinhardt Faculty First-Look Scholars Answer.

October 7, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


[Upbeat music playing] Jorge Burmicky: As you look at the overall landscape of
college presidents in America, the vast majority do not come from
underrepresented backgrounds. And as you look at our student body, across all
schools in the country, it is certainly more diverse than what our leadership
appears to be. Kayla Elliott: There have been a number of barriers to access to higher education and to the middle class, and to upward mobility for people of color and other disenfranchised groups in this country. And I think a faculty, a place
of higher education, a place of advanced learning, absolutely has to reflect the
students that it serves. Maurice Shirley: We consider education, as a whole, a social equalizer today. And if the nation is actually growing to be more diverse, we actually need people from those backgrounds, those experiences, that kind of frame of mind, to actually educate, and share their stories, and enlighten people about
what’s to come. Cheryl Yin: A lot of my friends, classmates growing up, were just as smart as me. But, they didn’t have the resources or knowledge to help them through school. And it’s just a shame that people have the potential to learn, but, they’re not going into higher education. I think that’s why it’s
important that we provide the tools that’s necessary to get them there. And then once you have a diverse population in schools, I think the world will become a better place. [Upbeat music fading out]