Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
The purpose of this study was to examine how executive-level chief diversity officers (CDOs) developed relationships to influence campus-wide diversity. This qualitative transcendental phenomenological study used multiple sources of data collection to establish credibility. The primary source of data collection were semi-structured interviews to capture the textural descriptions from executive-level CDOs about their experiences in developing relationships to influence campus-wide diversity. A demographic survey and field notes were used to triangulate the data. Three themes and one unexpected outcome emerged from the results of this study: (a) positionality matters; (b) developing relationships is a process; (c) sowing, sowing, and reaping. Female weariness emerged as an unexpected finding. The results from this study provide executive-level CDOs with a process for developing relationships to influence campus-wide diversity. Exploring the experiences of executive-level CDOs in higher education provides valuable insight into the ways in which relationships are developed with members of the campus community to influence campus-wide diversity as an institutional priority.
Henry, Myra P., "Executive-Level Chief Diversity Officers Developing Relationships to Influence Campus-Wide Diversity" (2019). Education Doctoral. Paper 418.
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