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By successfully recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, one automatically creates a positive effect on the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body. Charmaine P. Clowney, the Director of Diversity of the PA State System of Higher Education, says that 96% of undergraduate and graduate students of color say that a professor of color has positively impacted their education. Not only was there an impact for students of color, but 83% of caucasians undergraduate and graduate students said that a professor of color had positively impacted their education. There is a direct link between a diverse faculty and a diverse student body. Some of the approaches the Clowney emphasizes is being proactive, bringing the law into the case for a diverse faculty, and creating effective search committees that will find the best candidates.
Clowney, Charmaine. (Producer). Best practices in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty. [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.teachpsych.org/diversity/facultyrecruit.php