ERIC Number: EJ944115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 4
Multiracial in a Monoracial World: Student Stories of Racial Dissolution on the Colorblind Campus
Museus, Samuel D.; Yee, April L.; Lambe, Susan A.
About Campus, v16 n4 p20-25 Sep-Oct 2011
This article is based on the premise that educators must work to first understand what happens when multiracial students encounter campus environments that perpetuate "colorblind ideologies"--that is, worldviews that suggest that race and racism do not significantly influence people's experiences. The authors argue that educators have a responsibility to foster environments that acknowledge the important role of race in college life and beyond. The bulk of the story in this article is told by four self-identified mixed-race college students, representing four different racial backgrounds. The authors' conversation with these students illustrates the problem of the colorblind campus and the potential for what the authors call racial dissolution. They use this latter term to describe instances in which a student's passion for addressing racial problems is diminished or eradicated by environments that send messages discouraging such activities. The authors follow this discussion with recommendations to college educators for addressing these issues and for improving the experiences of mixed-race college students and of all students.
Descriptors: College Students, Multiracial Persons, Racial Attitudes, Race, Role, Ideology, World Views, Theory Practice Relationship, Teacher Responsibility, Communication (Thought Transfer), College Environment, Student Attitudes, Social Isolation, Political Attitudes, Politics of Education
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Education Level: Higher Education
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