Challenging Racism in Higher Education: Promoting Justice

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Challenging Racism in Higher Education provides conceptual frames for understanding the historic and current state of intergroup relations and institutionalized racial discrimination in our colleges and universities. Subtle and overt forms of privilege and discrimination on the basis of race, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, religion, and physical ability are present on almost all campuses, and they seriously damage the potential for all students to learn and for all faculty and administrators to teach and lead. This book concertizes these issues by presenting the voices and experiences of college students, faculty, and administrators and linking this material to research literature via interpretive analyses of people's experiences. It concludes with many examples of innovative programs that have been implemented to challenge, ameliorate, or reform such discrimination and approach more multicultural and equitable higher educational systems.
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Editorial Reviews

Reference and Research Book News
Chesler … and co-authors provide a conceptual framework for understanding institutionalized racism and other forms of social discrimination and privilege in academia and the larger society. They also present examples of a number of innovative programs aimed at addressing racism and creating more multicultural and equitable higher education systems.
Tribal College Journal
This book is a wonderful resource for academics, teachers, and administrators. ... Native American voices along with those of white people are included. This book recognizes that diversity and multicultural initiatives are not fruitful unless whites are also included within the scope of the terms and white privilege is examined.
This very well researched scholarly exploration of the historical and social contexts of racism in higher education explores inequality and raises significant questions about the sociocultural effects of cultural transmission and change on higher education organizations/institutions. ... Highly recommended.
Planning For Higher Education
Overall, the authors do an excellent job of integrating conceptual frameworks, empirical findings, and program descriptions into a relatively comprehensive portrait of the need for and the ways by which to change America's colleges and universities into multicultural institutions. They recognize that the road to multiculturalism is fraught with pitfalls, traps, and immense challenges, but they also fully understand that the nation's welfare depends on how far colleges and universities move toward multiculturalism. All members of the academy, from regents to students, would benefit from a close reading of this book.
Electronic Magazine Of Multicultural Education
A sensitive and moving depiction not only of the overt injustice of racism but of its apparent acceptance within the Ivory Tower. ... This book will be a useful tool for scholars and administrators who want to move their campuses toward more equitable and culturally diverse institutions of higher learning.
This very well researched scholarly exploration of the historical and social contexts of racism in higher education explores inequality and raises significant questions about the sociocultural effects of cultural transmission and change on higher education organizations/institutions. ... Highly recommended.
Maurianne Adams
Challenging Racism in Higher Education is a tremendously important work. It provides new and compelling evidence of institutional racism within higher education, as well as a valuable overview and detailed recommendations for systemic evaluation and transformation. This excellent and timely book will appeal to faculty and students in higher education and sociology programs; to administrators and other higher education officers; and to students of racism and oppression.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742524576
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,358,478
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Chesler is Professor Emeritus of sociology at the University of Michigan. James E. Crowfoot is Professor and Dean Emeritus of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan. Amanda E. Lewis is Associate Professor of African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Table of Contents

1 Contemporary struggles over race and racial equality/justice 5
2 A history of racism in U.S. higher education 23
3 An organizational framework for analyzing racism in educational organizations 47
4 White students in the university 79
5 Students of color in the university 99
6 The experiences of diverse faculty teaching in diverse classrooms 121
7 Collegiate/university boards, presidents, and senior officials : governing and administering with diversity 147
8 Strategies of organizational change 167
9 Planning multicultural audits 194
10 Administrative and faculty roles in advancing multiculturalism 215
11 Student programs and initiatives promoting multiculturalism 243
12 Examples of collegiate/university multicultural change recommendations 266
13 Looking toward the future 289
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