Edmund T. Gordon is the Vice President for Diversity and Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Why Diversity in Higher Education Matters
Why is diversity essential for the educational mission of U.S. universities? Advocates for diversity in higher education emphasize a variety of reasons. They range from business oriented considerations, like the need for a diverse and well-educated workforce to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse marketplace or the belief that diversity fosters innovation and creativity.