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ERIC Number: ED530597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 216
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-5792-2465-3
Why Aren't We There Yet? Taking Personal Responsibility for Creating an Inclusive Campus. An ACPA Publication
Arminio, Jan, Ed.; Torres, Vasti, Ed.; Pope, Raechele L., Ed.
Stylus Publishing, LLC
Despite seeming endless debate and public attention given to the issue for several decades, those committed to creating welcoming and engaging campus environments for all students recognize that there is considerably more work to be done, and ask "Why aren't we there yet, and when will we be done?" While our campuses have evolved from being exclusionary and intolerant, and publicly espouse the objectives of being welcoming, accepting, affirming, and engaging, the data on admissions, retention, and graduation clearly indicate that these goals have not been achieved. The contributors to this book seek to offer new insights to improve student affairs, emphasizing action that recognizes this is a complex and multi-faceted process, and beginning with the assertion that, without recognizing the influences of privilege and inequality, we educators cannot promote truly welcoming environments. This book focuses on guiding individuals and groups through learning how to have difficult conversations that lead us to act to create more just campuses, and provides illustrations of multiple ways to respond to difficult situations. It advocates for engaging in fruitful dialogues regarding differing social identities including race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation, to lead readers through a process that advocates for justice, and for taking personal responsibility for contributing to the solution. The book is framed around the five elements of the process of engaging in difficult conversations that not only advocate for change but also create change: self knowledge, knowledge of and experiences with others, understanding historical and institutional contexts, understanding how to change the status quo, and transformative action. This book contains the following: (I) Awareness of Self (Anna Ortiz and Lori Patton); (II) Learning through Relationships with Others (Jan Arminio and Vasti Torres); (III) Historical Context: Who We Were is Part of Who We Are (John A. Mueller and Ellen M. Broido); (IV) The Influence of Institutional Context and Culture (Raechele L. Pope and Lucy A. LePeau); (V) Moving Beyond the Talk: From Difficult Dialogue to Action (Sherry K. Watt); (VI) Different Approaches to Real Issues (Matthew J. Weigand and Lucy A. Lepeau); and (VII) CONCLUSION (Jan Arminio, Vasti Torres, and Raechele L. Pope). Two appendices are also included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A