The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy Structure, and Change Management

The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy Structure, and Change Management

by Damon A. Williams, Katrina C. Wade-Golden, Mark A. Emmert
     
 

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The Chief Diversity Officer provides an extremely thorough and thoughtful overview of the importance of the evolving role and responsibilities of this position in higher education. This timely volume includes a sophisticated discussion of the structural issues involved in diversity leadership, incorporating both educational theory and practical wisdom

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The Chief Diversity Officer provides an extremely thorough and thoughtful overview of the importance of the evolving role and responsibilities of this position in higher education. This timely volume includes a sophisticated discussion of the structural issues involved in diversity leadership, incorporating both educational theory and practical wisdom and advice. It will be a valuable resource for academic leaders across the country who care about the educational imperatives of diversity in higher education.”
—Jonathan Alger, President, James Madison University

This volume addresses the issue of who should be tasked to advance in institution’s diversity initiatives and policies. Having established in the companion volume the parameters for an effective diversity strategy, Damon Williams, here in conjunction with Katrina Wade Golden, address such questions as: Does the process need a chief diversity officer (CDO) to implement it? And, if it does,
at what level of the organization should the position be established, and what resources and functions should it control? This book is the first to identify and define this new role.

On the basis of this data and the literature on organizational design and change management, the authors define the requisite skills, knowledge and background to be effective, reviews the alternative organizational and governance structures under which CDOs operate, and in so doing presents the Chief Diversity Officer Development Framework as a basis for recruiting candidates, for structuring the position to succeed, and for providing prospective and incumbent CDOs with a realistic sense of the scope of the role.

Rather than prescribing a specific model for designing the CDO role, this book provides the reader with the key dimensions that she or he must consider in developing, supporting, or undertaking this strategic diversity leadership role.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579222352
Publisher:
Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
06/28/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
450
Sales rank:
552,816
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Emmert President, National Collegiate Athletic Association

Damon A. Williams is the Associate Vice Chancellor, Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a clinical member of the faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He leads a dedicated CDO division and has worked with over 200 organizations interested in developing cutting-edge strategic diversity capabilities. His professional focus is in the areas of strategic planning, leadership development, chief diversity officer design, establishing dedicated diversity infrastructures, change management, youth development, program evaluation, and assessing diversity outcomes.

Katrina C. Wade-Golden is Assistant Director and Senior Research Scientist in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives at the University of Michigan. She provides leadership to the Michigan Study of the Undergraduate Student Experience and other research designed to explore the relationship between the collegiate experience and the educational outcomes of students. She has worked with hundreds of institutions with a particular focus on helping them to develop diversity assessment and evaluation projects designed to document the educational implications of diversity in higher education.

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