Special Advisory Bodies
EDUCAUSE sponsors groups to provide additional guidance and expertise to the association and the higher education community in specific areas. Groups may be standing or formed to address specific initiatives or projects.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force was established in December 2017 to advise the president, executive team, and the board on strategies the association can adopt to increase diversity and inclusiveness in the higher education IT workforce and the EDUCAUSE community. EDUCAUSE President John O'Brien charged the group to:
- Develop and endorse a public-facing statement emphasizing the critical importance of diversity, equity and inclusion to the EDUCAUSE community
- Recommend specific strategies to advance diversity in the EDUCAUSE community and within the leadership pipeline
- Provide feedback and advice on a variety of 2018 EDUCAUSE activities related to DEI, including DEI priorities in the research and professional learning portfolios
- Create recommendations for following up on the work of the task force
The DEI Task Force completed its work 2018, and EDUCAUSE has formed the DEI Advisory Committee to provide direction and serve as the voice of the EDUCAUSE membership on DEI matters.