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ERIC Number: ED423730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-16
Pages: 13
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Participation and Progress: Improving the Climate for Women of Color in College.
Ropers-Huilman, Becky; Costner, Stefanie
This paper examines the interactions of a group of women of color in a graduate seminar, focusing on what they had to say about barriers and supports for women of color in higher education. Using critical race feminism as a theoretical framework, the paper focuses on the experiences of a professor and 10 graduate students who participated in a seminar entitled "Women of Color at College" at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1997. Participants presented their works in progress while others responded and offered suggestions, critiques, and reinforcements. The group's discussions often focused on the desire for the educational environment to recognize differences between and among groups of people who appeared to be similar, as well as the difficulty of negotiating within all of the many identities held by the participants. It is recommended that efforts to support the success and contributions of women of color in higher education focus on recognizing differences (without essentializing them), creating inclusive environments based on those differences, and working within the tensions created by competing allegiances while retaining connections to various academic and nonacademic communities. (Contains 38 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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