The Culturally Inclusive Educator asks educators to consider what they can do differently to create a welcoming, inclusive, and exciting environment for the 21st century. Based on the author's national research and consulting work, this book examines the discrepancy between the current educational cultural climate and the need for educators and their institutions to prepare for a growing multicultural population. It asks what constitutes effective preparation, and provides guidance on overcoming personal and institutional challenges to cultural inclusiveness (stereotype threats, microaggressions, colorblindness/identity-blindness, implicit bias, among others). Samuels begins with the challenges facing the higher education community and then offers 8 transformative steps to help build cultural inclusiveness that any educator teaching any subject can utilize to increase their effectiveness. Culturally inclusive leadership is highlighted as the model for educators and institutions to embrace to become successful in today's world.
Dena R. Samuels teaches women's and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and is the director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion. She provides seminars and consultation to schools, campuses, and organizations nationally and internationally on the processes of integrating diversity and building cultural inclusiveness.