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date: 17 June 2019

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This chapter proposes a definition of diversity management for higher education institutions (HEIs) modified from the business sector. Using the definition as an organizing and guiding framework for the analysis of selected literature, the chapter argues that higher education diversity initiatives are interrelated elements in the organizational change process. Policy makers, educators, and practitioners need to be aware of the interaction of contextual factors in HEIs. Such a perception reduces confusion and misunderstanding about diversity management, and it informs more successful practices that can increase equity and inclusivity in HEIs. The chapter also suggests that HEIs’ diversity initiatives need to be implemented with consideration of the national context, and the connection between public institutions and educational policies at the system level.

Keywords: diversity management, inclusivity, equity, contextual factors, organizational change, higher education institutions

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