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This catalyst paper offers a conceptual framework for connecting a set of conversations about change in higher education that often proceed separately but need to be brought together to gain traction within both the institutional and national policy arenas. By offering a framework to integrate projects and people working under the umbrella of equity, diversity, and inclusion with those working under the umbrella of community, public, and civic engagement, we aim to integrate both of these change agendas with efforts on campus to address the access and success of traditionally underserved students. We also hope to connect efforts targeting students, faculty, and broader communities in each of these arenas. We offer an approach that situates the integration of these change agendas squarely within the core values and mission of higher education.

This paper grew out of a realization by each of the authors (and the organizations they represent) that the long-term success of diversity, public engagement, and student success initiatives requires that these efforts become more fully integrated and that their larger institutional settings undergo transformation. The Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia University Law School; Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life ("IA") and its Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) program; the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE); and Syracuse University‘s Scholarship in Action have come together to build knowledge and momentum for integrating these initiatives. This catalyst paper is intended to stimulate conversations and movement in this direction.


Civic and Community Engagement | Higher Education | Law


Center for Institutional and Social Change