This book offers educational and psychological perspectives to inform practice and increase options in addressing conflict situations. The first part of the book helps the educator understand the reasons for resistance and ways to prevent it. The second part explains how educators motivate dominant groups to support social justice. This book is an excellent resource for group facilitators, counselors, trainers in classrooms and workshops, professors, teachers, higher education personnel, community educators, and other professionals involved with educating others about diversity and equity.

Introduction

Introduction

In graduate school, my dissertation advisor told me,“People usually do research on the issues they're trying to work out in their own lives.” That was true about me then, and it still is now.

Since the early 1980s, I have been doing what feels like my life's work: educating about diversity and social justice. I have done so in a range of contexts—universities, nonprofit agencies, schools, women's organizations, and community groups; in different roles—as a professor, trainer, consultant, facilitator, and affirmative action officer; and with various groups of people—students (of all ages), teachers, counselors, administrators, managers, staff members, board members, police, local citizens, and activists.

This has been an ongoing learning experience, both personally and professionally. Issues of oppression and multiculturalism have complex histories and continually ...

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