“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.

The Unwritten Organization

The unwritten organization

A colleague described the experience of being a professional of color in higher education as like being in an amusement park. You enter a room with mirrors that give you the illusion that the floor is level. But when you walk, it is obviously tilted. What is maddening is that when you ask others if they feel the tilted floor, they look at you like you are crazy and suggest that you are either too sensitive or unhappy here and should go elsewhere.

Why would this colleague perceive higher education as being so tilted and inequitable when so many of us believe that academia is the most fair and equitable of all social institutions? The fact is that both his and ...

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