Strategies for Navigating the Current Political Climate and Resistance to DEI

Webinar Details

While recent research reflects that most students and employees support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), pushback from some groups against DEI is not new. More recently, there has been increased political momentum on state and national levels to restrict DEI efforts. Numerous anti-DEI attacks have been introduced, such as DEI-focused audits, calls to eliminate DEI training, restrictions to teaching DEI, and outright attempts to ban DEI initiatives, offices, and employees at public institutions. Despite the current political climate, there are effective strategies to manage resistance to DEI.

This webinar provides strategies and tools for how to navigate internal and external forces that seek to restrict DEI within postsecondary settings. Through this webinar, the presenter will invite attendees to engage in collective DEI efforts to advocate, empathize, and build awareness of how everyone may support faculty, staff, and students during the current political climate.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Define and articulate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and how these concepts, initiatives, and programs are necessary for postsecondary education.
  • Describe the challenges affecting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in higher education, including an overview of practices, policies, and rhetoric used by higher education leaders and policymakers that impede progress in inclusion.
  • Identify key strategies to respond to resistance to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the current political climate and support faculty, staff, and students.
  • Prepare faculty, staff, and students to push back on anti-DEI attacks while creating equitable and welcoming spaces.

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Kaleb L. Briscoe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Mississippi State University

Kaleb L. Briscoe, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Mississippi State University. Dr. Briscoe’s research problematizes oppressed and marginalized populations within higher education through critical theoretical frameworks and qualitative methodological approaches.

Dr. Briscoe’s work has been published in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of College Student DevelopmentHigher Education Research and DevelopmentJournal of International Students, and Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She holds a Master of Science in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University (ISU) and a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from Albany State University (ASU). 

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