Prioritizing the Margin: Developing Intentional Strategies to Retain Diverse Students, Faculty, and Staff


As the college student population in the United States continues to become more diverse it is imperative that colleges and universities work to recruit and retain faculty and staff that are equally as diverse. While some institutions have created strategies for recruiting minority populations there is still a gap in the research on best practices to successfully retain racial and ethnic minorities, specifically those serving at predominantly White Research 1 Institutions. At Virginia Tech, diversity retention has become a campus-wide priority seeking to improve and maintain representation at the faculty, staff, undergraduate student and graduate student levels. This paper features five administrators from various offices across campus who bring their expertise on retaining underrepresented minority (URM) and underserved populations. The five panelists describe how their work has positively contributed to URM retention through intentional initiatives and policies including but not limited to building sustainable communities, creating inclusive environments, and advocating for the needs of diverse populations. Authors also highlight challenges they have faced with
diversity retention as well as possible implications for the field.

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Chatrice Barnes, Virginia Tech, United States
Tamara Cherry-Clarke, Virginia Tech, United States
Shernita Lee, Virginia Tech, United States
Jess Hoopengardner, Virginia Tech, United States
Andrea Kennedy, Virginia Tech, United States

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Conference: IICE2023
Stream: Higher education

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Barnes C., Cherry-Clarke T., Lee S., Hoopengardner J., & Kennedy A. (2023) Prioritizing the Margin: Developing Intentional Strategies to Retain Diverse Students, Faculty, and Staff ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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