ERIC Number: EJ809070
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 42
Racial and Ethnic Diversity at HBCUs: What Can Be Learned when Whites Are in the Minority?
Closson, Rosemary B.; Henry, Wilma J.
Multicultural Education, v15 n4 p15-19 Sum 2008
In this article the authors wonder--why has the academic community not stepped through the looking glass to see what diversity looks like and what might be learned when Whites are in the minority? They believe there is much to be learned from exploring the experience of White college students and their perceptions of race and racism when they become "temporary minorities" on historically Black campuses (HBCUs). They explore the possible meaning embedded in the absence of such research. Furthermore, they present their thoughts about why HBCUs are not currently represented in the higher education literature and research on diversity. Thus, they state that it is clear that such research will not be easy work, but it is their belief that a full picture of the effectiveness of campus diversity--structural, classroom, and interactional--will not be fully understood until the experiences at the HBCU are included. (Contains 1 note.)
Descriptors: Race, Student Diversity, Whites, White Students, Black Colleges, College Students, Higher Education, Educational Research, Racial Bias, College Faculty
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