When issues of free speech, diversity, inclusion, and campus climate arise, presidents, chancellors, provosts, vice presidents, and faculty are often on the front line of response. They are typically expected to comment, apologize, protest, or suggest resolutions to problems. However, board members increasingly have a role in how a campus addresses conflicts over these critical issues. Governing boards bear the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that appropriate policies exist to support an institution’s educational mission and create a culture that supports student well-being and success. Increasingly, board members are also expected to be visible on campus, to demonstrate understanding and concern, and to ensure that current policies are implemented to manage tensions over two types of inclusion: meaningful inclusion of all people in the campus community, and inclusion of a range of ideas and perspectives that enable colleges and universities to remain places of robust dialogue and debate.
Johnston, S. W. (2017). The Role of Governing Boards in Addressing Campus Tensions. Diversity and Democracy, Spring/Summer 2017, Vol. 20. Retrieved from: http://www.aacu.org/diversitydemocracy/2017/spring-summer/johnston
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