Intersectionality and Higher Education: Identity and Inequality on College Campuses

Intersectionality and Higher Education: Identity and Inequality on College Campuses


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Though colleges and universities are arguably paying more attention to diversity and inclusion than ever before, to what extent do their efforts result in more socially just campuses? Intersectionality and Higher Education examines how race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, age, disability, nationality, and other identities connect to produce intersected campus experiences. Contributors look at both the individual and institutional perspectives on issues like campus climate, race, class, and gender disparities, LGBTQ student experiences, undergraduate versus graduate students, faculty and staff from varying socioeconomic backgrounds, students with disabilities, undocumented students, and the intersections of two or more of these topics. Taken together, this volume presents an evidence-backed vision of how the twenty-first century higher education landscape should evolve in order to meaningfully support all participants, reduce marginalization, and reach for equity and equality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813597669
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 05/03/2019
Edition description: None
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

W. CARSON BYRD is an associate professor in the department of sociology at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He is the author of Poison in the Ivy: Race Relations and the Reproduction of Inequality on Elite College Campuses (Rutgers University Press).
RACHELLE J. BRUNN-BEVEL is an associate professor of sociology at Fairfield University in Connecticut. She is the coeditor of Intersectionality in Educational Research.
SARAH M. OVINK is an associate professor of sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg. She is the author of Race, Class, and Choice in Latino/a Higher Education: Pathways in the College-For-All Era.

Table of Contents

Part I Intersected Campuses: An Introduction

1 Always Crossing Boundaries, Always Existing in Multiple Bubbles: Intersected Experiences and Positions on College Campuses Rachelle J. Brunn-Bevel Sarah M. Ovink W. Carson Byrd Antson D. Mahoney 3

Part II Beyond Exams and Parties: Student Identities and Experiences

2 The Contingent Climate: Exploring Student Perspectives at a Racially Diverse Institution Marcela G. Cuellar R. Nicole Johnson-Ahorlu 27

3 More than Immigration Status: Undocumented Students in U.S. Jesuit Higher Education Terry-Ann Jones 44

4 Race-Based Assumptions of Social Class Identity and Their Consequences at a Predominantly White (and Wealthy) Institution Deborah M. Warnock 58

5 Biracial College Students' Racial Identity Work: How Black-White Biracial Students Navigate Racism and Privilege at Historically Black and Historically White Institutions Kristen A. Clayton 73

6 The Still Furious Passage of the Black Graduate Student Victor E. Ray 88

Part III Between Research, Teaching, and Service: Faculty Identities and Experiences

7 Faculty Members from Low-Socioeconomic-Status Backgrounds: Student Mentorship, Motivations, and Intersections Elizabeth M. Lee Tonya Maynard 107

8 Doing Less with Less: Faculty Care Work in Times of Precarity Denise Goerisch 122

9 Faculty Assessments as Tools of Oppression: A Black Woman's Reflections on Color-Blind Racism in the Academy Bedelia N. Richards 136

10 "Diversity" Goals and Faculty of Color: Supporting Racial Inclusion and Awareness in General Education Courses Melanie Jones Gast Ervin (Maliq) Matthew Derrick R. Brooms 152

11 Pursuing Intersectionality as a Pedagogical Tool in the Higher Education Classroom Orkideh Mohajeri Fernando Rodriguez Finn Schneider 166

Part IV Life Among Paperwork and Bureaucracy: Staff Identities and Experiences

12 Intersecting Identities and Student Affairs Professionals Ophelie Rowe-Allen Meredith Smith 181

13 Studying STEM While Black: How Institutional Agents Prepare Black Students for the Racial Realities of STEM Environments Tonisha B. Lane 194

14 Exclusion, Perspective Taking, and the Liminal Role of Higher Education Staff in Supporting Students with Disabilities Annemarie Vaccaro Ezekiel Kimball 209

Part V Intersectionality and Equity Efforts among Campus Communities

15 Making Room for Gendered Possibilities: Using Intersectionality to Discover Transnormative Inequalities in the Women's College Admissions Process Megan Nanney 227

16 Troubling Diversity: An Intersectional Analysis of Diversity Action Plans at U.S. Flagship Universities Susan V. Iverson 242

17 Tips of Icebergs in the Ocean: Reflections on Future Research for Embracing Intersectionality in Higher Education W. Carson Byrd Sarah M. Ovink Rachelle J. Brunn-Bevel 257

Notes on Contributors 271

Index 277

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