The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) Currents publication connects scholarship in diversity, equity, and inclusion to practice and public discourse. Currents is a scholarship to practice journal that translates cutting-edge research into concise, accessible discussions to inform researchers, practitioners, leaders, policymakers, and the broader public conversation. All papers undergo a two part review process including a review by content experts and review for public accessibility.
Following an afternoon of food and fellowship with our NCID team and a ripe discussion of our values, goals, and vision, we decided to name our scholarship to practice journal “Currents” for the images and feelings it elicited among us.
According to our team, the word “currents” brings to mind the imagery of water, but also of electricity. Water currents can be “calm, long, and continuous,” “winding,” and “flowing,” but at the same time, rushing water can go “around (or through) obstacles, carving a path” or “over rocks and around tree stumps to reach its destination.” An electrical current, meanwhile, is “catalytic, powers the world, and transmits information.”
Beyond imagery of water and electricity, many described the way that a current pushes forward, builds, and grows in strength as it gains momentum. A current is “a moving collective going toward some place together” and can be a “gentle force that may not be immediately visible”. It’s a power “that pushes along in a forceful yet gentle (as opposed to violent/sudden) way.”
Research can be used to quietly inform our practice, to fundamentally shape what we do and how we engage with communities in order to shift toward a more equitable society in the long-term. But if needed, research can also serve as a catalyst to jump start a new and innovative way of thinking about--and engaging in--practice. We hope that the collection of articles in each issue of Currents adds to the knowledge and skillset of our readers and practitioners, and that together our research, practice, and collaboration can bring social change in support of marginalized communities.
Thank you for your readership!