ERIC Number: EJ772542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
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"One Team, One Dream"
Hawkins, B. Denise
Black Issues in Higher Education, v22 n9 p34-37 Jun 2005
For decades, hundreds of foreign-born Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and other South Asian scholars say they have found refuge, a welcome mat, and opportunity at many of the U.S. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). They say they have also found a culture that is less formal than what they experienced at predominantly White universities (PWIs). HBCUs have been the places where many South Asian scholars turned because it was difficult for them to get jobs at PWIs. Dr. Madhulika Khandelwal, the Indian-born director of The Asian/American Center at Queens College and the author of "Becoming American, Being Indian", estimates that South Asian scholars have taught on the campuses of American universities for at least 30 years but for almost as long, "little or no studies have been done" on them. South Asian scholars, especially those with terminal degrees in mathematics, the sciences and in technology, have long been a boon to HBCUs who struggle to identify and compete for the scarce number of African-American scholars in those disciplines, says Dr. Isaac J. Crumbly, director of Fort Valley State University's Cooperative Development Energy Program. As their numbers grow, scholars say, South Asians are trying to forge a new identity as an ethnic group in the United States, and their presence is fueling new courses in South Asian studies in the United States.
Descriptors: Universities, Indians, Black Colleges, College Faculty, Diversity (Faculty), Teacher Characteristics, Racial Identification, Higher Education, Disproportionate Representation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States