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ERIC Number: EJ1111983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1938-8926
Making Diversity "Everyone's Business": A Discourse Analysis of Institutional Responses to Student Activism for Equity and Inclusion
Hoffman, Garrett D.; Mitchell, Tania D.
Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, v9 n3 p277-289 Sep 2016
Student activism has long been a mainstay on college campuses. Student activist efforts continue to demand administrative accountability around issues of equity and inclusion on campus. These movements demand engagement and support from administrators to honor the students' experiences and efforts as well as to respect institutional commitments to advance equity and inclusion. This paper presents a case study of 1 activist movement at a large public institution. Using discourse analysis of textual data and interviews with student leaders and activists and campus administrators, we present an analysis of administrative responses to 1 student activist movement and their impact on students. We employ Ahmed's (2012) work on institutional diversity as a conceptual framework and find that, by invoking diversity language, the administrative responses to student activists recenter majority culture, place systemic problems back on minoritized students, and create a discursive context wherein action to address activist concerns is stifled. We also present a reconceptualization of how administrators can respond to student activists seeking equity and justice for minoritized populations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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