Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (CDIHE)

Operational Activities

CDIHE IECI Operational Activities

Operational Activities

The Operational Activities of DEI work sometimes serve as the sole focus of institutional efforts, often in fragmented or disjointed ways.

Daryl G. Smith and others have described this approach as “project-itis.” When a crisis occurs, or a problem is identified, members of the institution quickly respond by developing a project or initiative to address the problem

Whereas most institutions are diligent about ensuring legal and regulatory compliance, and adherence to broader institutional policies, Derald Wing Sue has described this approach as “non-discriminatory,”– a defensive posture intended mainly to avoid lawsuits and other sanctions.

Moreover, position descriptions for incumbent or newly established administrative roles for diversity officers most commonly list some or all of the operational activities shown in the above graphic.