TITLE: DiversityWeb

Access: http://www.diversityweb.org

DiversityWeb began in 1995, as a collaborative project between the University of Maryland, College Park and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). DiversityWeb is currently a project of AAC&U's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives. The site promotes itself as the "most comprehensive compendium of campus practices and resources about diversity in higher education that you can find anywhere, designed to serve campus practitioners seeking to place diversity at the center of the academy's educational and societal mission."

A beautifully designed site, DiversityWeb contains information on innovations in diversity, research and trends, conference and paper postings, diversity resources, and jobs. It also includes the periodical published by the AAC&U, Diversity Digest, which provides readers with articles on topics such as campus and community partnerships, curricular transformation, faculty development, and student development. Diversity Digest provides a nice complement to DiversityWeb.

"Diversity Innovations" offers the user a wonderful array of models, practices, principles, recruitment and retention ideas, handbooks and guides, and example of courses and projects. Topics covered in this section include institutional leadership, curriculum change, faculty and staff development, student development, and working with the campus and community.

"Research and Trends" emphasizes the importance of assessment and public awareness as key to the success of diversity initiatives. This section also discusses affirmative action issues, politics and campus diversity, as well as judicial and legislative issues (linking to various court cases and research articles). Also provided is a link to the ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education.

Another useful section of DiversityWeb is a compilation of hyperlinked postings on diversity conferences, job listings, publications, films, and other Web sites. The annotated lists of publications, films, and Web sites are thorough and help give the user a broader understanding and knowledge of diversity in higher education.

DiversityWeb is relatively easy to use with a fairly hierarchical setup. A site map would make navigation easier since the depth of the site is not immediately apparent. The user can see two layers down from the main page but must be within a subsection to get any further breakdowns. Other than that, the site has both comprehensive content and an attractive design.

Cassandra E. Osterloh
University of New Mexico

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