Shall We Overcome or Undercome?
“We shall undercome …” That’s how one session attendee put it during the preconference workshop, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Follow a CUPA-HR Roadmap for Your Efforts, at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2012.
The conversation surrounded the challenge of getting buy-in from institutional leadership to make progress on campus in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. Simply put, you don’t need leadership to make a difference — to effect change. Change can come (slowly but surely) from the bottom up if it has to. Like a termite, one attendee suggested, eat away at the base until leadership “crumbles.”
It’s an inspiring idea. If leadership isn’t leading in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, this gives you permission to lead from where you are, whether that’s at the top, near the middle or at the bottom.
Where are you with your diversity efforts on campus? Is your campus leadership a powerful force from the top or a frustrating hindrance to progress?