ERIC Number: ED412823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Empowering Minorities To Impact the Established Culture in Eurocentric Institutions of Higher Learning.
O'Donnell, Lorena M.; Green-Merritt, Esther S.
This document reviews recent data from six predominantly white universities in the tristate area of Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, which suggests that recruitment and retention of minority students are difficult because (1) there were few minority role models in leadership positions; (2) there were an insufficient number and variety of ethnic studies programs; (3) relevant and appropriate library and media resources were not available; (4) there were few concerted efforts to empower minorities; (5) there was inadequate preparation of faculty, staff, and students to live in a multicultural society; and (6) there were few opportunities to experience the enrichment resulting from a culturally pluralistic community. To remedy these conditions, the document recommends various actions: universities collaborative on ethnic studies programs leading to a major or minor in teacher education programs; analyze library holdings and increase line item in budget for multicultural audiovisual materials; create web pages to attract potential minority employees for leadership positions; provide leadership development training for minorities; insure adequate minority representation on all governing entities; and subsidize and provide supervision of crosscultural experience in residence hall settings. (Contains 32 references.) (BF)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Black Literature, Blacks, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity (Faculty), Diversity (Student), Enrichment Activities, Ethnic Studies, Experiential Learning, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Library Material Selection, Majority Attitudes, Minority Group Influences, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Organizational Change, Organizational Climate, Racial Segregation, Role Models, School Holding Power, Student Empowerment, Student Leadership, Student Recruitment, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Expectations of Students, Womens Studies, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Northern Kentucky Univ., Highland Heights.