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A semester never goes by without colleges and universities discussing racial inequality occurring on campus. Institutions often invest in promoting aspects of diversity and inclusion including monitoring progress in different areas, but what if some of our approaches can hide or even reproduce racial inequality on campus? W. Carson Byrd will discuss key points raised in his new book, Behind the Diversity Numbers, which examines how the organizational processes and policies can shape racial inequality on our campuses particularly around how data is collected, analyzed, and interpreted that can impact supporting racially minoritized and marginalized faculty, staff, and students.


Carson Byrd serves as faculty director of Research Initiatives in the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan, where he was a 2019-2020 Scholar-in-Residence in the National Center for Institutional Diversity and the Department of Sociology. He was previously an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Louisville, and is the current Book Review Editor for the American Sociological Association's magazine Contexts. He was selected as a member of the 2021 cohort of William T. Grant Advanced Quantitative and Computational Scholars for the Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methodologies.

Dr. Byrd is the author of Behind the Diversity Numbers: Achieving Racial Equity on CampusPoison in the Ivy: Race Relations and the Reproduction of Inequality on Elite College Campuses, and co-editor of Intersectionality and Higher Education: Identity and Inequality on College Campuses. His work appears in the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social ScienceDu Bois ReviewEquity & Excellence in EducationEthnic and Racial StudiesJournal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, among others. He also contributes public essays mostly on higher education and racial inequalities in popular forums such as the Washington PostInside Higher EdThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and others.

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