Many colleges are adding diversity programs to orientation or requiring students to complete online multicultural training.

Inside Higher Ed reports.

Protests, racist incidents lead to more multicultural programs on campuses

Last year, colleges were rocked by a series of protests over racial inequality on campuses and across the country. With signs pointing to those protests returning as students head back to campus this month, colleges and universities are preparing for another year of student activism.

Among those preparations, several institutions have begun offering new diversity and multicultural programming to their students.

“This isn’t a new area for higher education at all, but it’s clear that more and more campuses are recognizing it’s important to try and create more opportunities for open dialogue about these issues,” Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, said. “Most campuses understand that the protests and activism last year show that there are issues that need to be addressed.”