Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (CDIHE)

About Us

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (CDIHE) is a national think tank, research center, and consulting organization for justice, equity, inclusion, diversity, and antiracism in higher education contexts. The CDIHE has faculty affiliates from higher education institutions and professional organizations across the United States who contribute to the think tank mission of the center. We have a cadre of faculty, students and staff working in the CDIHE to advance research related to institutional inclusive excellence, cabinet-level diversity officers, antiracism, campus climate assessments, difficult dialogues teaching and learning, and a wide variety of other topics. The CDIHE works with higher education institutions across the country and the globe to provide institutional consultation related to our focal areas of expertise. Although the CDIHE engages the UMD campus community on topics of institutional inclusive excellence, the center is outward facing and international in its scope of work.


The mission of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education is to:

1. Foster collaborative and interdisciplinary research among faculty, staff, and students at the local, national, and international level.

2. Promote, support, and showcase diversity and inclusion scholarship.

3. Engage in critical reflection on the significance and transformative impacts of diversity and inclusion practices in higher education.

4. Form a high level think-tank and research center for diversity and inclusion issues in higher education.

5. Communicate the results of such research and reflection to the greater community, locally, nationally and internationally.