EPISODE 11: ACTIVATING DIVERSITY AND EQUITY ON HBCU CAMPUSES
HBCUs have long prioritized diversity, equity and inclusion, and Martin University is no exception.
In this episode of On The Yard, Martin University President Dr. Sean L. Huddleston discusses the value of fostering diversity, equity and inclusion on HBCU campuses. Martin University has a diverse student body, which allows for the creation of success conditions for each individual in a highly personalized manner. “It’s all about allowing someone to bring the richness of their experiences, cultural identity, background and norms to the forefront of their education for the benefit of the institution and for their journey through that institution,” said Dr. Huddleston.
As a former chief diversity officer at two institutions, Dr. Huddleston brings his background in diversity, equity and inclusion to his role as president. His experiences as chief diversity officer exposed him to areas for which college and university presidents must be held accountable, such as supporting students from underrepresented, underprivileged and underestimated backgrounds.
Despite his background, Dr. Huddleston notes that Martin University does not employ an individual with the title of chief diversity officer. “Everyone at the institution has a role to play in helping to lead our efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion for our students internally, as well as for our community,” he said.
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On the Yard explores the culture and leadership trends happening across Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) nationwide. The podcast dives into the unique issues faced by these historic and minority-serving institutions through a series of conversations with leaders and advocates.