Jeff Milem giving the first Dean's Lecture on Education. Diversity & Democracy

Dean's Lecture Series on Education, Diversity & Democracy

The Dean’s Lecture Series on Education, Diversity and Democracy brings preeminent thought leaders, educators, and public figures to the UC Santa Barbara campus who will stimulate us to reflect on the important role that education plays, or should play, in helping to build a democratic society that is becoming increasingly diverse. Dean Milem says, “While these topics and issues have always been important to explore, the current state of public discourse greatly amplifies the need for us all to engage in critical conversations that will enhance our understanding and create collective action.”

The series began with a lecture by Dean Jeffrey Milem—“Education, Diversity and Democracy: How Can We Fulfill Higher Education’s Promise to Prepare Citizens for an Increasingly Diverse Democracy?”—on Thursday, October 12 at UC Santa Barbara’s MultiCultural Theater (the MCC co-sponsored the event).

At this lecture, Dean Milem discussed the ways in which higher education stakeholders can work together to create equitable, vibrant, engaging institutions that prepare citizens for an increasingly diverse democracy. The lecture built upon three decades of scholarship regarding race relations and education, the outcomes of diversity in higher education, and the essential components of diverse and equitable learning environments.