Top leaders from a range of U.S. higher education institutions shared suggestions Wednesday on how to boost diversity, and the need to impress on host communities the universal value of their efforts to serve the underserved.

“We bring great value, those of us who serve the minority community, and we need to be funded,” Thomas H. Shortbull, president of South Dakota’s Oglala Lakota College, said during a panel discussion titled “Leadership, Diversity, And The Future Of Higher Education: A Systemwide Commitment” at Rackham Amphitheatre.

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