Equity and Inclusion: Expanding the Urban Ecosystem

  • Tia Brown McNair Association of American Colleges & Universities
  • Judith A. Ramaley Portland State University


As our nation grows ever more diverse, the need to ensure that our educational institutions are truly equitable and inclusive becomes more and more urgent. This sense of urgency plays out across a social and political terrain that threatens the very core of our identity as a nation. Our growing diversity is seen by some as a threat to our national security and as the primary cause behind the displacements and angers being created by the ever growing differences that are dividing our country. Our authors see our growing diversity as a much needed and valued source of energy, creativity and a vital contribution to our capacity to thrive in an especially challenging period in our history and are committed to creating educational environments where people of all backgrounds can thrive.

Author Biographies

Tia Brown McNair, Association of American Colleges & Universities

Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

Judith A. Ramaley, Portland State University

President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service, Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University