This AGB statement presents values, principles, recommendations, and discussion questions for governing bodies and chief executives to consider in addressing the issues of campus climate, diversity, inclusion, and civility. The purpose of this statement is not to suggest specific resolutions for these critical issues; the remedies, like the issues, are specific to each institution. Rather, the statement provides guidance to governing boards and chief executives to help ensure that a collaborative governance process and effective policies are in place that can successfully achieve those remedies.
The AGB Board of Directors, in approving this important statement, realizes that some of the recommended practices presented herein will raise concerns. Some will prompt difficult conversations and will challenge boards to address the questions that result. However, governing bodies bear ultimate responsibility to ensure that effective policies are in place and followed in order to uphold institutional mission, values, and educational quality for all who are part of their institutional community. As stated in the 2007 “AGB Board of Directors’ Statement on Board Accountability,” governing board members are accountable to institutional mission, the public interest, and the “legitimate and relevant interests of the institution’s various constituencies.” It is what fiduciary bodies are required to do and are expected to do.