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ERIC Number: EJ1086977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0748-8475
Re-Envisioning Diversity in Higher Education: From Raising Awareness to Building Critical Consciousness among Faculty
Stachowiak, Dana M.
Thought & Action, p117-128 Win 2015
In this article, the author describes a disconnect between knowing "about" diversity and "understanding" diversity and recommends re-building the critical consciousness of faculty by turning the current discourse from a framework of diversity to a framework of social justice. As defined in the article, diversity is a call to be aware of the differences among students and faculty, while social justice is a call to understanding and action, to developing a sense of agency and capacity to interrupt and change oppressive patterns and behaviors in oneself and in the institutions and communities of which they are a part. Working within a framework of social justice requires a critical consciousness of issues of (in)equality and (in)equity in higher education settings and changes will only come with active training and ongoing support for faculty members to focus on social justice leadership training, to sustain and grow the efforts of faculty members already leading efforts in a framework of social justice, and to cultivate the efforts of faculty members who desire to possess a critical consciousness.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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