Diverse Experiences in Diversity at the Geography Department Scale

Patricia Solís, Joy K. Adams, Leslie A. Duram, Susan Hume, Al Kuslikis, Victoria Lawson, Ines M. Miyares, David A. Padgett, Alexander Ramírez

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Departments are critical intervention points for enhancing diversity in any academic discipline, yet their experiences related to diversity differ widely. This article explores how several geography departments that vary by region, setting, and institutional type have experienced and promoted diversity. We also explore geography at different types of institutions, particularly minority-serving institutions and land-grant colleges and universities. We conclude that plans for improving the recruitment and retention of diverse students and faculty should make explicit the connection between structural factors, such as institutional contexts, and the agency of geography departments as key actors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-220
Number of pages16
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • diversity
  • geography departments
  • land-grant colleges and universities
  • minority-serving institutions
  • structure-agency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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