ELPA Higher Education program pushing the boundaries of equity-centered scholarship, policy, and leadership
It’s not uncommon today for graduate programs dedicated to examining the field of higher education to touch on various aspects of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
In fact, such curriculum is increasingly expected — and important for institutions, practitioners, researchers, and scholars, alike.
“The issue is that at a lot of institutions, equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) work is embedded in one class students have to take,” says Brian Burt, an associate professor with UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA), and co-coordinator of its Higher Education program. “It fulfills a requirement and is a box students check on their way to a degree.” Burt Burt adds: “What sets us apart is how EDI work is a through line — it’s infused in everything we do. That makes us distinctly different.”
To that end, the Higher Education program at UW–Madison offers a diverse and holistic understanding of the evolving issues society currently faces. This focus on EDI efforts is vital because postsecondary institutions hold the potential to generate positive and lasting change.
“At the same time, these institutions can also create and perpetuate inequities — making higher education an incredibly important and interesting area to study, practice, and enact change,” says UW–Madison’s […]