ERIC Number: EJ828478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
The Summer of Friendship by Fire: A Doctoral Student Reminisces about Lessons in Diversity
Owen, Jane C.
Multicultural Perspectives, v9 n3 p60-63 Jul 2007
The journey toward becoming a multicultural person is not easy and is never finished. As an educational administrator in a tri-cultural state, I felt comfortable that I was proficient in dealing with diversity. Only when I began a doctoral program at a major Texas university was my naivety exposed. I quickly learned that experience in working with diverse populations and the ability to relate effectively to people of different ethnic backgrounds were vastly different. The two years I spent deeply immersed in a multiculturally rich cohort of doctoral students changed me. My eyes were opened to injustices that I had never before seen as I vicariously experienced life through the eyes of the "other." Today, I am a professor at a regional university. My experiences, focused through the lens of theory, are the basis for the message to my students. I have traveled the road before and can now point the way toward a broader definition of acceptance and tolerance.
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Cultural Pluralism, Cultural Differences, Higher Education, Ethnicity, Multicultural Education, African Americans
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas