Diversity & Affordability

Introduction

Higher education opens doors to opportunities that can help create a more equitable world, and those doors must be open through affordable programs accessible to all regardless of race, gender, religion, socio-economic status and other differences. In addition, a diverse student body, faculty, and staff provide rich resources for learning and collaboration.

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Validating the Need to Include the Economic Returns of Graduates as a Metric of a Higher Education Institutions Level of Sustainability Membership Required

  • Eastern Michigan University (MI)
  • Technical University of Delft

Higher education institutions play an important role in sustainability, in their own management and operation, in research and education, and in the undergraduate and graduate degrees they deliver. Often ignored ...

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Georgetown University Professor’s Ferguson Syllabus Growing Nationwide Membership Required

Two summers ago, shortly after the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown by a White police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, Dr. Marcia Chatelain’s sadness deepened when she ...

  • Posted 8 months ago
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Hunger on Campus: The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students Membership Required

  • Student Public Interest Research Group (IL)
  • Student Government Resource Center (MA)
  • College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) (MI)

This report, based on a survey of nearly 3,800 college students in United States, finds that nearly half of the students surveyed were food insecure and 22% qualified as ...

  • Posted 8 months, 1 week ago
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Paul Quinn College Transforms Football Field to Organic Farm, Shifting Value to Students Membership Required

  • Paul Quinn College (TX)

At Paul Quinn College, where 83 percent of students are Pell Grant eligible (2016), students obtain both a liberal arts education and real-world work experience. This video showcases the historically ...

  • Posted 9 months, 1 week ago
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ESF Sustainability Membership Required

  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

ESF is unique among colleges and universities in that all educational and research programs are oriented toward natural resources, and toward the natural and designed environments. All that ESF is ...

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Cornell University Energy & Engagement Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)
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VA-NC Alliance Summer Research Program Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The VA-NC Alliance summer research program's goal is to increase the quantity and quality of underrepresented minority students who pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics ...

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Sustainability 2020 Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Ten years ago, students in an honors seminar investigated ways to reduce Green Mountain College’s ecological footprint. The class identified the biggest source of carbon emissions–the college’s ...

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Dr. Dorceta Taylor Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Dr. Dorceta Taylor engages students and community members in discussions on sustainable agriculture, food justice, inclusion and diversity.

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Root Program at Williams College Membership Required

  • Williams College (MA)

Williams College Root leaders emulate the Mighty Food Farm flexing tomato logo after an afternoon of volunteering on the Southern Vermont farm.

The non profit organization Manos Unidas led Williams ...

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RDI Event Oct 2015 Membership Required

  • Selkirk College (BC)

Dr. Terri MacDonald presenting at the Applied Research & Innovation Centre-Rural Development Institute and Association of Kooteny Boundary Local Governments-AgingAging Kootenays Event - Oct2015

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Environmental Attitudes and Information Sources Among African American College Students Membership Required

  • Texas Southern University (TX)

The author examined the environmental attitudes of African American college students by using the 15-item New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) Scale. The author also attempted to determine their everyday environmental behaviors ...

  • Posted 10 months, 1 week ago
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Food insecure student clients of a university-based food bank have compromised health, dietary intake and academic quality Membership Required

  • University of Alberta (AB)

University and college students in wealthy countries may be vulnerable to financial food insecurity. If food insecure students have suboptimal health, their ability to learn and excel in their education ...

  • Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
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Institute of Applied Agriculture Certificate

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) is a 60-credit, two-year academic certificate program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. The ...

  • Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
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HBCU Green Report 2014 Membership Required

  • Clark Atlanta University (GA)

The 2014 HBCU Green Report, which is based on a survey of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), indicates that there is significant activity underway on HBCU campuses to promote ...

  • Posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago
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Minority-Serving Institutions Green Report: 2010 Campus Sustainability Survey Membership Required

  • United Negro College Fund (GA)

The Minority-Serving Institutions Green Report shares the results of a 2010 survey of minority-serving institutions administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Institute for Capacity Building and the Sustainable ...

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Campus Diversity and Inclusion resources website Membership Required

  • American Council on Education (DC)

The Campus Diversity and Inclusion resources website from the American Council on Education (ACE) showcases regularly updated featured content on the following campus diversity and inclusion topics:

  • Racial/ethnic minority ...

Campus sustainability at the edges: Emotions, relations, and bio-cultural connections Membership Required

  • Temple University (PA)

The university campus is often considered a key site for the development of environmental sustainability initiatives. At the same time, the concept and practice of sustainability has been critiqued for ...


UT Farm Stand Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

UT Farm Stand is a student-led project that provides local and organic fresh foods to the University of Texas at Austin students, faculty, and staff. Our mission is focused on ...


RIT FoodShare Membership Required

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

RIT FoodShare is an initiative on the RIT campus that has been established to address food insecurity and food waste. It is both a campus food pantry and a facebook ...


Serenity "Soul"-ar: A Campus-Community Collaboration in North Philadelphia Membership Required

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

Serenity Soular is a campus-community partnership between community leaders in North Philadelphia and a group of faculty and students at Swarthmore College. Committed to keeping the ‘soul’ in sustainability, our ...


Solar Energy Justice in Portland Membership Required

  • Lewis & Clark College (OR)

Project Description We are two Environmental Studies majors pursuing a project to put solar panels on affordable housing in Portland. We are working with Central City Concern (CCC) to put ...


UIC Heritage Garden Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The Heritage Garden at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a hands-on learning project with an internship program where students work with faculty, staff, and community members to ...


True Merit: Ensuring Our Brightest Students Have Access to Our Best Colleges and Universities Membership Required

Representation of low-income students at selective colleges and universities has not changed in ten years despite selective institutions’ well-advertised, increased commitment to “need-blind admissions” and “no-loan financial aid” packages. All ...

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The Use of Criminal History Records in College Admissions Reconsidered Membership Required

This report reviews findings from a first-of-its-kind survey conducted by the Center for Community Alternatives in collaboration with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) that explores ...

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Boxed Out: Criminal History Screening and College Application Attrition Membership Required

This report builds upon CCA's 2010 study, "The Use of Criminal History Records in College Admissions Reconsidered." It makes clear how the criminal history box on college applications and ...

  • Posted 1 year, 1 month ago
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Missing links: gender and education for sustainable development Membership Required

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Focusing on the impact of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, this paper argues for a gender-sociologically, and ecologically sensitive approach to the complex range of issues raised by environmental concerns. The ...

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Social Justice Minor

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

The minor in Social Justice (SJ) is for undergraduate students who are interested in incorporating an in-depth awareness of social issues into their fields of study and careers. Humanities and ...

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Making Textbooks Affordable: Student Government Toolkit

The Making Textbooks Affordable toolkit explains how to expand the use of open textbooks on your campus. These free, high-quality, open-source books can save students on your campus millions of ...

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Running a Campus Food Pantry: Student Government Toolkit

The Running a Campus Food Pantry toolkit explains how to create and manage a campus food pantry. As food insecurity becomes more common among college students, starting a food pantry ...

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Covering the Cost: Why We can no Longer Afford to Ignore High Textbook Prices Membership Required

  • The Student PIRGs (OR)

This report investigates the degree to which high textbook prices affect student financial standing and behavior.

Key Findings from the Report:

  • Almost one-third (30%) of students replied that they had ...

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Pulling Up the Higher-Ed Ladder: Myth and Reality in the Crisis of College Affordability Membership Required

This brief attempts to pinpoint the cause(s) of spiraling tuition by taking a deep dive into public university revenue and spending data from the National Center for Education Statistics ...

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Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning Membership Required

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (DC)

Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning provides a framework for needed dialogue, assessment, and action to address inequities in higher education institutions. Focusing ...

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College Affordability and Transparency Center Membership Required

The College Affordability and Transparency Center includes information for students, parents, and policymakers about college costs at America’s colleges and universities. The Center includes several lists of institutions based ...

  • Posted 1 year, 2 months ago
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Choosing an LGBTQ-Friendly College

As a prospective student, it’s your job to find a college where you can thrive. This is particularly important for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or ...

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The Debt Divide: The Racial and Class Bias Behind the “New Normal” of Student Borrowing Membership Required

This report, The Debt Divide, provides a comprehensive look at how the “new normal” of debt-financed college impacts the whole pipeline of decision-making related to college. This includes, whether to ...

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The Student Debt Crisis Membership Required

  • Center for American Progress (DC)

Higher education is an integral part of the American Dream. But today more and more young people increasingly have to finance their education through student loans. In the past three ...

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The Student Debt Review: Analyzing the State of Undergraduate Student Borrowing Membership Required

Student debt is not a new concern. But it is a complex story, the details of which vary greatly depending on the type of college a student attends, and the ...

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Incorporating Indigenous Wisdom into Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways (AK)

Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways President Ilarion Larry Merculieff has over 40 years experience serving the Aleuts of the Pribilof Islands and other indigenous peoples. At the AASHE ...

  • Posted 1 year, 3 months ago
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Diversity, Sustainability, and Mentorship: One Event That Does It All Membership Required

  • University of Utah (UT)

Engagement is one of the goals of sustainability on college campuses. As part of that engagement, we want to reach the broadest audience possible, including multiple disciplines, genders, and ethnicities ...

  • Posted 1 year, 4 months ago
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The State of Race: Searching for Social Justice in America & Sustainability Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

America is at a crossroads; racial tensions have reached a boiling point and we need a meaningful dialogue about race and racism at AASHE. Race is often left out of ...

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Partnering for an equitable, sustainable school: 3 approaches for building partnerships and programs that connect sustainability Membership Required

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

As diversity and sustainability become more embedded into a campus culture, the connections between diversity and sustainability become more apparent and critical to create a thriving campus. This panel discussion ...

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Women in Sustainability Network (2015) Membership Required

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Who this session is for: Administrators, faculty, and program leaders concerned with innovation, gender equity, and social justice, including women in the field of sustainability who want to share our ...

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Identity Caucus: The Intersection of Sustainability and Identity Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

During this section attendees will split into different groups depending on the identity that most resonate with them. The discussion will focus on how the intersection of these identities correlates ...

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Galvanizing Gaia: A Social Incubator for Women Leaders and Innovators (2015) Membership Required

  • Prescott College (AZ)

Join in the creation of a supportive context for women sustainability entrepreneurs and campus program innovators to move from idea to action with their regenerative project ideas. This dynamic half-day ...

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Social Justice in Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

While current concepts of sustainability include environmental, economic, and social justice dimensions, it is clear, in practice, that social justice is often neglected. We see this trend within sustainability initiatives ...

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Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Across the Curriculum Membership Required

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • North Hennepin Community College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Robbinsdale Area Schools (MN)

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Twin Cities, North Hennepin Community College and Bemidji State University are offering a one day Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Across the Curriculum workshop for ...

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Overcoming Barriers to Sustainability Education for International and Culturally Diverse Students Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

A sure way to transform sustainability education is to make it more inclusive and incorporate multiple perspectives. To do this, the dominant sustainability education culture must engage in a paradigm ...

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Growing Food Security in Higher Education Institutions Membership Required

  • Oregon State University (OR)

Food insecurity is the incapacity to access a variety of different and preferred foods due to a lack of resources, according to the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale. The Growing ...

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Campus Accessibility: Physical, Mental and Emotional Accessibility as a Feature of Social Sustainability ('El Mapa') Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

Sostenibilidad Cultural Gira Mapa One of the surest ways to transform sustainability education is to make it more inclusive and incorporate multiple perspectives. To do this, the dominant sustainability education ...

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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Benchmarking Data

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Programs and Initiatives

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Scores

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