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The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) elevates the work of diversity scholars through a number of publications. We believe that diversity scholars have the potential to influence and positively transform society and impact communities on behalf of those with whom we work. 

The NCID manages three publications: Spark, an online magazine, Currents, a scholarship-to-practice journal, and Shades (forthcoming), an interdisciplinary academic journal. 

We also regularly collaborate with other public writing platforms as well as engage in more traditional scholarly outlets, such as academic journals and books.

Spark (online magazine)

We believe that scholarship is a public good that can improve quality of life and contribute to the creation of an equitable society. We established Spark as an online magazine to increase accessibility to scholarship, support diversity scholars in re-imagining the relationship between scholarship and the public, and cultivate essays that build bridges. This platform includes a series of public essays to inform a public for whom it matters. Topics covered are timely, equity driven, and illuminate the experiences of historically underrepresented communities. All essays undergo a “public accessibility” review process.

Currents (scholarship-to-practice journal)

Currents connects scholarship in diversity, equity, and inclusion to practice and public discourse. Currents is a scholarship-to-practice journal that translates cutting-edge research into concise, accessible discussions to inform researchers, practitioners, leaders, policymakers, and the broader public conversation. All papers undergo a two part review process including a review by content experts and review for public accessibility.


Campus Climate and STEM Success
(Blog series in collaboration with the American Council on Education)

Social Action, Leadership, and Transformation (SALT) Model
(Brief in collaboration with the National Institute for Transformation and Equity)

Transforming Understandings of Diversity in Higher Education: Demography, Democracy, and Discourse
(Book co-authored by Penny A. Pasque, Noe Ortega, John C. Burkhardt, and Marie Ting)

Centering Social Justice in the Scholarship of Community Engagement
(Special issue of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning in collaboration with the Ginsberg Center)