Supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher ed IT: a conversation and resources

Yesterday the Future Trends Forum met with Deborah Keyek-Franssen, Associate Vice President and Dean of Online and Continuing Education at the University of Utah.  We were especially interested in one particular aspect of her work, for which she won a major EDUCAUSE award. She was cited for:

her dynamic and visionary leadership to promote positive relationships between the academy and the IT community and for her research and advocacy in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across the IT practice.

Our conversation ranged widely, starting with the possibilities of the post-COVID university.  I wanted to share two parts of it here.

First, people shared a great deal of resources, starting with site to help students and faculty succeed with remote/emergency/online learning:

Forum_Keyek-Jenssen Tom hands in motion

Resources on issues of bias and discrimination within technology:

We also mentioned the EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT issues for 2021 and the Canvas Commons.

Second, I wanted to share the full recording:

Many thanks to dean Keyek-Franssen for being a splendid guest.

(thanks to Caroline M Coward, Rebecca Frazee, Jody Greene, Tom Haymes, Melanie Hoag, Joe Murphy, Rachel Niemer, John O’Brien, Mathieu Plourde, and Andrew Zubiri)

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5 Responses to Supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher ed IT: a conversation and resources

  1. Victor Villegas says:

    Hi Bryan. The Remote & Online Learning Oregon State University link URL has an error in it. It looks like the URL was pasted in twice. Here is the correct link:

  2. Ann says:

    Hi, I couldn’t help but notice that the majority of speakers – at least those on camera – were white. This feels like an all too common trend in conversations like this. I’m curious about how people who participated in this conversation felt about this.

    • Bryan Alexander says:

      Good question, Ann.

      I’d like to hear more from participants.

      As host, I try every week to invite and support people of color as guests and participants.

  3. Bryan, good luck on social justice of any kind in higher ed IT. Much of it is horribly ignorant of history, sociology, philosophy, and social justice. But then again, much of US higher ed is ignorant in those ways. It’s mostly about money and power, and ignorance makes it easier to operate in the short run.

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