Webinar Recap: Inclusiveness and Engagement with Cultural Diversity Topical Module

Webinar Recap: Inclusiveness and Engagement with Cultural Diversity Topical Module

Sarah Hurtado — Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, NSSE Institute, and Allison BrckaLorenz, FSSE Project Manager, recently hosted a webinar debuting findings from the first administration of the Inclusiveness and Engagement with Cultural Diversity Topical Module (ICD). This Topical Module was introduced in 2017 and administered at 130 institutions.  Development of this module was informed by criteria on the AAC&U Intercultural Knowledge and Competence VALUE rubric, accreditation standards for diversity, campus climate surveys, NITE’s Culturally Engaging Campus Environment survey, and HERI’s Diverse Learning Environment survey. ICD module questions explore students’ exposure to inclusive teaching practices and intercultural learning, perceptions of institutional values and commitment regarding diversity, and participation in diversity-related programming and coursework.

The ICD webinar provided a brief overview of the proliferation of diversity, inclusion, and equity goals within higher education; and what the research shows about the benefits of culturally inclusive experiences including decreased racial bias and greater cognitive development. The presenters also discussed steps that institutions are taking to understand how students engage in culturally inclusive experiences and how those experiences influence student engagement.

After reviewing the ICD items, parallel FSSE version, ICD report, and aggregate findings, the presenters offered tips for how institutions might make use of this data. For example, they suggested looking for areas of success and improvement at the aggregate level, and then focusing on subgroups. The presenters suggested not only looking at identity-based subgroups but also majors, students who live on campus, and students who have completed diversity requirements. They also advocated for looking at ICD findings in relationship to NSSE core survey items such as the Discussions with Diverse Others Engagement Indicator, Supportive Environment Engagement Indicator, and perceived gains items. Lastly, the presenters provided ideas for using ICD results on campus such as looking at ICD findings in relation to campus climate data or using ICD findings to inform campus climate survey development.

Watch the webinar and download sample syntax in the Webinar Archive. If you have ICD data on your campus and want to share how you are using it, please feel free to share your story.  If you have any recommendations or suggestions for future webinars, please let us know.