Hakula speaks to The Chronicle of Higher Education about DEI in higher education – UMaine News

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the Chronicle of higher education I interviewed Leah Hakula, associate professor of higher education, for an article about states where lawmakers would like to ban diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives at colleges and universities, and states where lawmakers would like to order them. With the current polarized political climate in the United States, Hakula said, legislation promoting English language instruction in public colleges is becoming increasingly important. She added that most officials in higher education recognize that these efforts improve access and foster innovation. She said renaming these initiatives in low-stakes language like “intercultural sensitivity” or “intercultural competence” could be one way to preserve them in countries where they face bans. Ultimately, proponents and skeptics need to find common ground, Hakula said. “This fight will not necessarily reach a conclusion or some kind of settlement unless we can talk through our differences,” Hakula said.