“This book provides an analysis of racism and goes on to provide some suggestions as to what can be done to reduce it. The issue is explored from the standpoint of both students and faculty and, in my opinion, is well worth reading and studying.” --The Academic Bookshelf No topic causes more concern at today's university than a discussion of diversity in education. Controversies about affirmative action hires, admission policies, intercultural relations in the classroom, the role of ethnic studies departments, and changes in the course curriculum all seem to swirl around the changing ethnic composition of the campus. How do we all get along? Tackling this question are authors Benjamin P. Bowser, Gale S. Auletta, and Terry Jones, who suggest some practical strategies for dealing with questions of racism, diversity, and intercultural communication. Their suggestions are addressed to both European-American faculty and faculty of color, and range from strategies to improve intercultural interpersonal skills to broad structural changes the university needs to undergo to fully embrace its diverse population.
- Chapter 1: The Unwritten Organization
- The Unwritten Rules
- The Power of Networks
- People of Color as Perceived Threats
- What Can Be Done?
- Ideas for Improving Treatment of Students of Color
- Ideas for Improving Treatment of Faculty of Color
- Chapter 2: What Did You Say You Were? Am I a Racist?
- Racism and Self-Identity for Whites
- Racism and Self-Identity for People of Color
- The Myths and Realities of Racism
- What Can Be Done?
- Chapter 3: Communication, Communication, Communication!
- Communication: Racial Dividers and Connectors
- Why Race and Power Matter
- Chapter 4: Dealing with Conflict and Diversity in the Academic Community
- The Purpose of Education
- Issues of Access and Affirmative Action
- Freedom of Speech: Fighting Words
- Ethnic Studies and Multicultural Education
- Chapter 5: Toward New Racial and Cultural Boundaries in the Academy
- Communities of Interest Defined
- Redefining Communities of Interests
- Models of Success