ERIC Number: EJ1160823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Rallies, Protests, and Institutional Change: How Consultants Can Address Campus Climate
Ford, Kristie A.
Liberal Education, v103 n3-4 Sum-Fall 2017
Student-led rallies and protests continue to gain attention nationwide, due in part to the use of social media. Debates over free speech, acts of protest during the national anthem, and mascot choices or building names reflecting racist histories all illustrate the tensions present on many college campuses. Lack of faculty and staff expertise in engaging with a student body that is increasingly diverse across race, gender, and other social identity groups has prompted students to demand mandatory trainings for college employees. In response, some higher education institutions are hiring external consultants to help address their ongoing campus climate issues. In this article, the author draws on her experience as a consultant to synthesize common themes and elaborate on the challenges and opportunities associated with diversity-focused work within higher education. More concretely, she discusses: (1) the role of a consultant; (2) common faculty and staff challenges related to teaching across different social identity categories; and (3) a case study of one institution that is proactively dealing with these challenges.
Descriptors: Activism, Organizational Change, College Environment, College Students, Student Diversity, Consultants, Role, Barriers, College Faculty, Culturally Relevant Education, Case Studies, Workshops
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Education Level: Higher Education
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