Dr Karen Andrade Pizarro: The Underrepresentation of Minority Women in Higher Education Institutions
From Barbara Zorn-Arnold on October 10th, 2017
The focus of this presentation is to discuss the current state of minority women faculty in higher education institutions and how inclusion initiatives could help to improve the current disparity. Research on diverse faculty representation and student mentorship have consistently shown that: one, inclusion of women and minorities needs to be a priority because of the rapid demographics changes in our society, and two, students from underrepresented groups need mentors and role models during their educational journey who they can identify with. Some of the strategies for inclusion can include: an in-depth analysis to measure the level of interest on the problem, listening to faculty and student’s representatives, create a plan which represents the ideas of all levels of the institution community, implementation and assessment of the plan, and re-evaluation of the plan, which will include areas of improvement. Although, traditional and non-traditional institutions have developed and implemented initiatives, the underrepresentation of women and minorities continues to be evident in institutions across the nation. A discussion of the topic will serve as one more stepping stone in minimizing this gap in higher education.