ERIC Number: ED277292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Multiculturalism: A Prescription for the College Union.
Stewart, Greig M; Hartt, John A.
Bulletin of the Association of College Unions-International, v54 n6 p4-7 Nov 1986
The benefits of multiculturalism on the college campus and roles the college union can play are discussed. It is suggested that multiculturalism requires college union professionals to go one step beyond cultural pluralism by integrating the beneficial contributions of diversity. The following views are offered: (1) In addition to considering the needs, values, and culture of all its students in assessment and planning, the college union staff and the college's leaders need to respect those needs and values; (2) college programs should reflect the diverse interests of the entire campus population, lounges should be provided for interaction, and food services should offer a varied menu; and (3) before providing student activities that focus on social responsibility, staff and decision-making boards should be exposed to training/discussion that encourages them to appreciate, challenge, and integrate differences of opinion, values, and ideas. It is concluded that the college's environment and quality of the interpersonal development of students are enhanced when the college union adopts multiculturalism in its delivery of programs and services and in its staffing and decision-making boards. (SW)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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