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ERIC Number: ED515056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 230
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-5792-2231-4
Culture Centers in Higher Education: Perspectives on Identity, Theory, and Practice
Patton, Lori D., Ed.
Stylus Publishing, LLC
This book fills a significant void in the research on ethnic minority cultural centers, offers the historic background to their establishment and development, considers the circumstances that led to their creation, examines the roles they play on campus, explores their impact on retention and campus climate, and provides guidelines for their management in the light of current issues and future directions. In the first part of this volume, the contributors provide perspectives on culture centers from the point of view of various racial/ethnic identity groups, Latina/o, Asian, American Indian, and African American. Part II offers theoretical perspectives that frame the role of culture centers from the point of view of critical race theory, student development theory, and a social justice framework. Part III focuses specifically on administrative and practice-oriented themes, addressing such issues as the relative merits of full- and part-time staff, of race/ethnic specific as opposed to multicultural centers, relations with the outside community, and integration with academic and student affairs to support the mission of the institution. For administrators and student affairs educators who are unfamiliar with these facilities, and want to support an increasingly diverse student body, this book situates such centers within the overall strategy of improving campus climate, and makes the case for sustaining them. Where none as yet exist, this book offers a rationale and blueprint for creating such centers. For leaders of culture centers this book constitutes a valuable tool for assessing their viability, improving their performance, and ensuring their future relevance--all considerations of increased importance when budgets and resources are strained. This book also provides a foundation for researchers interested in further investigating the role of these centers in higher education. Part I includes: (1) Latino Cultural Centers: Providing a Sense of Belonging and Promoting Student Success (Adele Lozano); (2) Asian Student Involvement in Asian Culture Centers (William Liu, Michael Cuyjet, and Sunny Lee); (3) Island of Sanctuary: The Role of an American Indian Cultural Center (Rosa Cintron, Heather J. Shotton, and Star Yellowfish); and (4) On Solid Ground: An Examination of Successful Strategies and Positive Student Outcomes Associated with Two Black Culture Centers (Lori Patton). Part II includes: (5) Counterspaces in a Hostile Place: Applying Critical Race Theory to Frame a Critical Race Analysis of Campus Cultural Centers (Tara Yosso and Corina Benavides Lopez); (6) Critical Borders: Student Development Theoretical Perspectives Applied to Culture Centers (Mary Howard Hamilton, Kandace Hinton, and Robin Hughes); and (7) Resituating Culture Centers within a Social Justice Framework: Is There Room for Examining Whiteness (Michael Benitez, Jr.). Part III includes: (8) Framing Cultural Practice through a Lens of Intentionality: Strategies for Student Personnel Administrators in Culture Centers (Toby Jenkins); (9) Campus Culture Center Directors' Perspectives on Advancement, Current Issues, and Future Directions (E. Michael Sutton and Phyllis McCluskey-Titus); and (10) Promoting Student Engagement: Administrative Considerations for Current and Future Planning of Culture Center Programming and Outreach (Salvador Mena). A foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings and a preface, "A Call to Action: Historical and Contemporary Reflections on the Relevance of Campus Culture Centers in Higher Education", by Lori Patton are included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A