ERIC Number: EJ920874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-3
Reference Count: N/A
Scruggs, Afi-Odelia E.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v28 n2 p16-18 Mar 2011
Last year, a panel of students at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio, gathered to discuss the challenges facing the African-American male. But another topic unexpectedly emerged: who, exactly, was African-American? That was a loaded question for many of the panelists and the audience because Columbus is home to one of the country's largest Somali communities. For those students, "African-Americans" are American-born Blacks--an identity they didn't embrace. Columbus State, like many other colleges, is finding that traditional categories of race and ethnicity don't begin to cover the diversity of its student body. Like America itself, higher education institutions are confronting a new wave of intra-ethnic diversity that is expanding old definitions of race and national origin and challenging colleges' traditional methods of student services. Schools are finding that awareness of intra-cultural diversity goes further than explaining ethnic differences to well-meaning Americans. It also means dealing with distinctions within ethnic groups that aren't apparent to outsiders. In this article, the author stresses that when it comes to serving diverse students, colleges realize one size does not fit all, even within the same racial group.
Descriptors: Blacks, African Americans, Race, Racial Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Definitions, Ethnic Diversity, Student Diversity, Ethnicity, Identification, Higher Education, Community Colleges
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio