Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (CDIHE)

Foundational Cornerstones

CDIHE IECI Foundational Cornerstones

Foundational Cornerstones

Operational activities require an organizational framework for success.

Focusing exclusively on operational activities often results in fragmented, disconnected, un-coordinated, siloed, and sometimes redundant or outdated approaches to the work of DEI.

Alternatively, some institutions drive the work of DEI by establishing foundational cornerstones as guiding principles:

  • Mission-driven imperative 

  • Accountability/metrics 

  • Ethical practice 

  • Commitment to institutional change

  • Definitions of diversity that are inclusive and differentiated