Equity-Minded Inquiry Practice at the University of Oregon
Framework and model to support colleagues to develop equity-mindedness as it relates to inquiry (data, assessment, research, and evaluation.)
DEI Foundations
4-Year Institution
Renee Delgado-Riley
Director of Assessment and Research
Austin Hocker
Director for Research and Assessment
Claire Matese
Assistant Director of Institutional Research

The framework was applied to UO's Grade Equity Dashboard, Basic Needs Dashboard, Student Life Campus Climate Dashboard, and Race/Ethnicity Exploration Dashboard. These questions were centered throughout the process: During the inquiry process, what do you wonder and why? What did you notice and why? What are some reasons you noticed that and why? How does the "equity-minded inquiry practice" resonate with you? What types of actions can the UO take to foster a stronger culture of "equity-minded inquiry practices?"


The goal of this project is to apply an equity-minded framework at the University of Oregon and develop and internal model to incorporate the framework into daily work. This 4-step framework, adapted from effective data equity practices, will facilitate the process of sharing data, unpacking assumptions, asking the right questions, and becoming an advocate for institutional change - using inquiry to eliminate exclusionary practices and inequitable outcomes.

Lessons Learned

Lessons learned include:
- Critical to help colleagues question institutional policies and structures that perpetuate inequities, understand that academic systems are exclusionary, and reframe reasons why inequities exist.
- Generate collective and institutional support to change exclusionary practices. What are we doing to eliminate inequitable outcomes, support better practices, improve colleagues' equity-minded knowledge, and grow institutional support?
- Make space to understand if the process if working. Focus on improving and reaffirming values to ensure equity-mindedness is present. Does process focus on improvement and growth rather than accountability and compliance?