"Transforming Understandings of Diversity in Higher Education" is the first collaborative research effort by our Diversity Scholars Network.

As announced at our "Future of Diversity Research" convening in Spring 2016, this collaborative effort brought junior and senior faculty members across the nation together to explore how competing understandings of "diversity" have shaped higher education and how "diversity" will continue to shape the narratives and experiences of faculty, students, and staff in the future.

The NCID coordinated the effort to assemble and organize our scholar's work for "Transforming Understandings of Diversity in Higher Education", whose announcement came as we brought together our Diversity Scholars Network for the first time ever. This exclusive network brings together faculty members interested in diversity-related research (and who are themselves diverse in identities, interests, and experiences) for collaborations and mutual support, so that we can build an academy with more diverse research and researchers.

Consistent with the NCID's mission, "Transforming Understandings of Diversity" provides the foundation for our future efforts to encourage diversity-related research through our Diversity Scholars Network, and this book's strong analytical approach and wide-range of topics in academia promise that it will become a foundational text for serious analysis of democracy, demography, and discourse in higher education.