ERIC Number: EJ809752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Acknowledging Racism: Confronting Yourself
Mather, Peter C.
About Campus, v13 n4 p27-29 Sep-Oct 2008
In this article, the author relates one of the experiences in his teaching career that made him assess his perceptions about racism. In his first year of teaching in a graduate program in college student personnel, he approached his class on multiculturalism with hope that his course would somehow be different. One day, four participants of the course he was teaching came late into one of their sessions. To penalize the late-comers, he told them to do a make-up session. The issue soon became of little significance but that particular event has ruined his relationships with his African American graduate students. To repair the damage, the author talked to two of the members he had reprimanded, and he was not prepared by the insight he gained from them. Olu and John, his students, gave him an idea of the importance of letting his guard down and the unfairness of prejudice. To create authentic relationships, the author realizes that educators should adopt an open and honest approach to working with students in the context of multiculturalism.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Cultural Pluralism, Racial Discrimination, Racial Bias, Perception, Graduate Study, Higher Education, College Students, Multicultural Education, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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