Challenging Racism in Higher Education provides conceptual frames for understanding the historic and current state of intergroup relations and institutionalized racial (and other forms of) discrimination in the U.S. society and 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 well and for all faculty and administrators to teach and lead well. This book adopts an organizational level of analysis of these issues, integrating both micro and macro perspectives on organizational functioning and change. It concretizes 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. Many examples of concrete and innovative programs are provided in the text that have been undertaken to challenge, ameliorate or reform such discrimination and approach more multicultural and equitable higher educational systems. This book is both analytic and practical in nature, and readers can use the conceptual frames, reports of informants' actual experiences, and examples of change efforts, to guide assessment and action programs on their own campuses.
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.
Chapter 1 Contemporary Struggles Over Race and Racial Equality/Justice Chapter 2 A History of Racism in U.S. Higher Education Chapter 3 An Organizational Framework for Analyzing Racism in Educational Organizations Chapter 4 White Students in the University Chapter 5 Students of Color in the University Chapter 6 The Experiences of Diverse Faculty Teaching in Diverse Classrooms Chapter 7 Collegiate/University Boards, Presidents, and Senior Officials: Governing and Administering with Diversity Chapter 8 Strategies of Organizational Change Chapter 9 Planning Multicultural Audits Chapter 10 Administrative and Faculty Roles in Advancing Multiculturalism Chapter 11 Student Programs and Initiatives Promoting Multiculturalism Chapter 12 Examples of Collegiate/University Multicultural Change Recommendations Chapter 13 Looking Toward the Future