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Undergraduate Readiness for Diversity

  • By: Fred Arthur Bonner, Aretha F. Marbley & Tyra Metoyer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education
  • Edited by: James A. Banks
  • Subject:Diversity & Consistency, Sociology of Education (general)

Undergraduate readiness for diversity requires a focus on myriad populations and multiple factors that impact these populations. How readiness is defined depends on who is being readied and for what context. For undergraduate students preparing for diversity in the higher education setting, it is essential that they engage in critical self-reflection in order to more fully understand their own views as they relate to diversity. This reflective process allows students to appropriately set the stage for their development by revealing their assumptions and biases and provides them with the opportunity to examine and reevaluate their beliefs.

Factors Influencing Student Diversity Experiences

Across undergraduate college student populations, a number of themes appear to frame students' experiences with diversity. Each of the following themes directly or indirectly contributes to ...

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