ERIC Number: EJ781089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 35
Beyond Artificial Integration: Reimagining Cross-Racial Interactions among Undergraduates
Chang, Mitchell J.
New Directions for Student Services, n120 p25-37 Win 2007
This article highlights the many challenges and obstacles that limit and undermine higher education's capacity to eradicate the negative consequences associated with race. Before discussing these challenges, the author addresses why it makes sense for colleges and universities to play a central role in addressing problems associated with race. The author discusses some pitfalls that limit the capacity of these institutions to make a difference and ultimately steer everyone toward what he has termed "artificial integration". The author concludes by suggesting a reimagination of racial integration to help professionals in higher education and student affairs envision a new direction toward improving racial dynamics and race relations. This article draws mostly from the author's own research that has primarily focused on diversity-related topics for over a decade. Thus, he neither rigorously supports nor refutes claims with a more comprehensive account of the larger body of literature, which is beyond the scope of this article. Still, he believes some important insights can be drawn from this more focused body of work.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Race, Racial Integration, Racial Relations, Undergraduate Students, Student Personnel Services, College Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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