ERIC Number: ED338175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-9
Reference Count: N/A
Gill, Wanda E.
Issues of racial harmony in higher education are the subject of this address to participants at a college workshop on cultural diversity. Recently campuses across the country have seen an unparalleled explosion of racially-charged or motivated incidents sparking dialogue among students, staff, faculty and administrators. In addition, accrediting agencies have taken steps to encourage institutions to encourage student diversity. A dramatic conservative swing beginning shortly before the Reagan presidency has resulted in the erosion of safeguards to diversity. Citizens must learn to use the political system and personal action to improve campus climate and quality of life. Some racial perceptions are based on rumor which grow out of immediate emotional tension. Ethnic hostility is a projection of unacceptable inner striving onto a minority group. To achieve racial harmony with diversity society must go beyond implementing affirmative action and into managing diversity while avoiding stereotypes. Racial harmony presumes a respect for and appreciation of differences and individuality. Camden County College (New Jersey) faces the challenge of modifying its existing assumptions and model and helping people pioneer in creating a new vision of racial harmony on the campus. Included are 27 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Camden County College NJ
Note: Speech given at Camden County College on October 9, 1990.