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ERIC Number: EJ762810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-22
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Lessons in Inclusion
Lum, Lydia
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v22 n16 p26-27 Sep 2005
Dr. Wallace Loh still remembers the sting of hearing his high school teachers in Peru call him "el chino"--Spanish for "Chinese boy." Why didn't they simply use his name? After all, they did so with his classmates. They typically did not single out students of other foreign nationalities, such as calling the German student "el aleman." Loh had lived in Lima since age 2. He spoke Spanish with no accent, but he keenly felt that he did not fit in. As an educator, Loh has shared that story with many students, especially at the University of Washington (UW), where he was dean of law from 1990-1995. In that time, minority enrollment in UW's law school doubled, reaching more than 40 percent. The boom in minority enrollment was at least partly because race was used as an admissions factor for the program. Loh, who is now a dean at the private Seattle University, believes the practice of using race in the admissions process is slowly, but surely dying. The public has more reservations about race as a factor in scholarships, in hiring, in so many aspects of daily life compared to 20 years ago. They are not racist, they just believe that race may not contribute to uniting this country. UW and other public universities in the state are now banned from considering race in admissions. Washington voters approved a measure that outlaws preferential treatment for women and minorities in public education, employment and contracting. Loh continues believing that higher education institutions "can be excellent yet diverse. Neither goal has to be exclusionary but can be complementary."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Peru; Washington