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Changing Contexts

"Changing Contexts" focuses on adapting research, policy, and practice solutions to the diverse institutional contexts in higher education.

Presidents and chancellors from public, private, four-year, two-year, and minority-serving institutions during our "Leadership, Diversity, and the Future of Higher Education" convening.

The challenges that higher education institutions face are not the same across different contexts. Creating singular or comprehensive solutions to advance diversity in higher education runs a serious risk of denying the different experiences and environments that shape how diversity is imagined and experienced. Research and policy have had historical gaps where they have failed to recognize the differences in how institutions experience diversity, which has prevented the unique challenges in these institutions from being identified and addressed. 

Advancing equity and inclusion therefore requires an understanding of how different institutional contexts shape the experiences and environments of higher education so that we can craft solutions and practices specific to each institution's unique needs. Through our "Changing Contexts" priority area, the NCID is working to build knowledge around how different institutional types present unique contexts and challenges and how we can use this understanding to shape policy and practice so that we can create resources for every type of institution.

Leadership Emerging from the Bamboo Ceiling

In partnership with the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good's extended effort supported by the Kellogg Foundation to advance knowledge of diversity in minority-serving institutions (MSIs), the NCID seeks to advance knowledge in the domain of Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), the Department of Education's newest designation of MSIs. As the uniqueness of these institutions have been historically unrecognized, the NCID is helping to lead coalition-building efforts between institutional leaders of AANAPISIs and identify opportunities for their development and support.

Particularly, the NCID is working on a project entitled "Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Leadership Emerging from the Bamboo Ceiling", where we're working to expand and build upon existing research on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student leaders and leadership in higher education and society. This two-year effort will build context-specific knowledge that will help advance how we think of breaking through the "Bamboo Ceiling" - the factors preventing AAPIs from entering positions of leadership in higher education and society - and build further knowledge in advancing leadership at AANAPISIs.