Episode 156: The Recent Affirmative Action Ruling, Campus DEI Efforts, and Diversity in the Emergency Management Field

In light of the Supreme Court recently ruling against affirmative action, in this episode we’re sharing clips from our past episodes on higher education. From the experience of leaders and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), to the future of security and DEI efforts on college campuses, we hope this episode spotlights the forward progress we’ve seen in higher education despite the SCOTUS ruling.

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Some of the key takeaways include: 

  • Losing affirmative action could mean fewer students of color in emergency management and business continuity programs, which means a less diverse workforce for years to come. And it already wasn’t very diverse to begin with!
  • The highest priority in higher education institutions should be education. Safety is important, but ultimately the goal of a college or university is to educate its students. In our field, it’s our job to keep safety at the forefront so students can just focus on learning.
  • Putting together a committee for diversity and inclusion efforts is fine, but it’s not enough. The initiative and investment needs to come directly from the CEO of the company or the president of the university. 

Resources mentioned:

  • Listen to Episode 146:  Human Resources Strategies for Building Culture and Acquiring Talent with Marie Mann

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Vanessa Mathews, host

Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Jon Seals, producer

Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.

KEYWORDS: diversity, equity, inclusion, DEI, higher education, affirmative action, SCOTUS, campus safety, HBCU

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