Behind the Diversity Numbers

Behind the Diversity Numbers Achieving Racial Equity on Campus

W. Carson Byrd, Foreword by Walter R. Allen
paper, 248 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-632-2
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cloth, 248 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-633-9
Price: $60.00

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Behind the Diversity Numbers uncovers how frequently used approaches to examine and understand race-related issues on college campuses can reinforce racism and inequality, rather than combat them. The book argues that educational leaders must look beyond quantitative metrics in order to develop institutional policies and practices that promote racial equality.

Praise

Byrd’s book offers an important and clear-eyed critique of quantitative data and analyses, revealing how the field’s reliance on ‘the numbers’ exacerbates educational disparities we strive to eliminate. This is a must-read for education researchers, leaders, and policy makers, and a reminder that we must integrate multiple research methods, center narratives, and interrogate our and others’ biases to fight inequity in higher education. — Kimberly A. Griffin, professor and associate dean of Graduate Studies and Faculty Affairs, College of Education, University of Maryland

Byrd offers a deeply nuanced text that critically unpacks how quantitative analyses do not capture the depths of systemic racism, especially in affirmative action cases. In this important book, he challenges quantitative scholars to more thoroughly and meaningfully engage structured inequities in our work, moving from diversity to racism in our analyses. — Nolan L. Cabrera, associate professor, University of Arizona

Byrd rightly calls for a rethinking of how higher education institutions address racism by looking beyond the numbers. In doing this, he reengages foundational research concerning racism in higher education that has been obfuscated by cheap ‘diversity talk’ to offer both new directions for research in higher education and bold recommendations for meaningful organizational and policy change. — Mitchell J. Chang, professor, University of California, Los Angeles

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About the Author

W. Carson Byrd is the faculty director of research initiatives for the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan and an associate professor of sociology at the University of Louisville.


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