ERIC Number: ED469144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov-19
Reference Count: N/A
Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Anchorage.
Goldsmith, Scott; Frazier, Rosyland
In the spring of 2001, the mayor of Anchorage (Alaska) created a task force to develop recommendations to help heal racism in Anchorage. A series of focus groups were held throughout the community to obtain an assessment of attitudes and opinions about the quality of life in Anchorage from the perspective of different racial groups and to solicit recommendations for improving race relations in the community. Issues discussed include education, public safety, housing, and employment. Hispanics felt that education was good, getting loans for housing was difficult, and most jobs had little opportunity for advancement. African Americans felt there was still considerable discrimination in housing employment and education, although some felt that things were better than in other places or times. Asians gave education high marks, but felt the high cost of housing had a segregating effect. Safety was a common theme among Caucasians. Young Native women felt that access to housing employment and health care was improving, and that delivery of services by Native corporations was improving services. Older Natives noted that education and access to housing was improving, but Anchorage was not caring for the poor and needy. Education was very important to Pacific Islanders, who wished to see improvement in English-as-second language, math, and science programs. Perceptions of these groups concerning misunderstandings, discrimination, and how community is defined were also discussed. Recommendations and questions for further study are presented. Appendices present research methodology and materials. (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Blacks, Community Attitudes, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Attitudes, Equal Education, Focus Groups, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Pacific Islanders, Quality of Life, Racial Discrimination, Racial Relations, Whites
For full text: http://www.alaskaneconomy.uaa.alaska.edu/RacialEthnicDiversityFnlogo.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Anchorage. Inst. of Social and Economic Research.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska (Anchorage)