Transforming Understandings of Diversity in Higher Education

Transforming Understandings of Diversity in Higher Education

Written by: Penny A. Pasque

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  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publish Date: 2016-09-30
  • ISBN-10: 9781620363782
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This exciting new text examines one of the most important and yet elusive terms in higher education and society: What do we mean when we talk in a serious way about “diversity”? A distinguished group of diversity scholars explore the latest discourse on diversity and how it is reflected in research and practice. The chapters trace how the discourse on diversity is newly shaped after many of the 20th century concepts of race, ethnicity, gender and class have lost authority. In the academic disciplines and in public discourse, perspectives about diversity have been rapidly shifting in recent years. This is especially true in the United States where demographic changes and political attitudes have prompted new observations—some which will clash with traditional frameworks. This text brings together 9 scholars whose research has opened up new ways to understand the complexities of diversity in higher education. Because the essential topic under consideration is changing so quickly, the editors of this volume also have asked the contributors to reflect on the paths their own scholarship has taken in their careers, and to see how they would relate their current conceptualization of diversity to one or more of three identified themes (demography, democracy and discourse). Each chapter ends with a candid graduate student interview of the author that provides an engaged picture of how the authors wrestle with one of the most complicated topics shaping them (and all of us) as individuals and as scholars. Of interest to anyone who is following the debates about diversity issues on our campuses, the book also offers a wonderful introduction to graduate students entering a discipline where critically important ideas are still very much alive for discussion. The contributing scholars are: • Dr. Uma M. Jayakumar, University of San Francisco • Dr. Jarrett T. Gupton, University of Minnesota • Dr. Michael R. Woodford, Wilfrid Laurier University • Dr. Angela M. Locks, California State University, Long beach • Dr. Michelle Samura, Chapman University • Dr. Allison Lombardi, University of Connecticut • Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson, University of Wisconsin • Dr. Tamara Nichele Stevenson, Westminster College • Dr. Courtney Carter, Mississippi State University

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