Visualizing Diversity

David Vintinner
Senior Director of Institutional Research
New York University

A few years ago, we replaced the tables of demographic counts in our annual department profiles with a visualization to help trigger more action from department directors. We wanted the new chart to be simple, clear, and useful to better launch grounded conversations.

Simply put (in other words, in a population of 2), diversity is achieved when you and I are different from each other. A reference line at 50 percent on a stacked bar reframes demographic reporting along this admittedly simple definition. We report via Tableau on three dyads (percent URM vs non-URM, percent foreign vs non-foreign, and percent female vs male) to make a lack of diversity, in any shade, equally obvious.

As these reports coincided with the fleshing out of NYU’s Global Network University, we included foreign status = Y/N (using IPEDS definitions) into its own dyad, and removed foreign nationals from the URM/non-URM calculation completely. This has been useful, as our foreign student population has grown and its distinct needs have become known. For faculty, we have considered replacing this metric to instead show the proportion of faculty holding foreign degrees.

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Faculty data was drawn from Human Resources, and student data from our IPEDS census.




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