This original study, guided by feminist and critical theories, examines the organizational structure and culture of university colleges and the dynamics of the personal experience of diverse individuals (diverse by race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, and ability) in such institutions. This work will be of interest to educators and administrators in higher education, particularly those who are working with policy, inclusion, and diversity. This study documents both individual and institutional change, regarding diversity, through a case study of a post-secondary (i.e., higher education) institution in Canada. The text contains research conducted to explore what motivates and immobilizes institutions and institutional actors to change. By utilizing auto/biographical narratives, the author is able to explore the impact of social, political, and structural forces at work in the institution. The research illustrates how individual and collective agency are instrumental in creating space for diversity in such institutions, thereby preparing the way for larger institutional change.
This work will be of interest to educators and administrators in higher education, particularly those who are working with policy, inclusion, and diversity.
Dr. Adrienne S. Chan is a Professor in the School of Social Work and Human Services at University College of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Canada; and an Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom. Dr. Chan is currently the Chair of the Standing Committee on Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Issues for the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work.
Foreword by Linden West; Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Context of Diversity; Narrative Inquiry and the Researcher; Silence and Voice; Race, Gender and Difference; Different Normative Spaces; Essential Categories?; Administrative Spaces; Committee and Institutional Narratives; Spaces for Diversity; Bibliography; Index.