ERIC Number: EJ964830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-8
Reference Count: N/A
Cooper, Kenneth J.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v28 n22 p14-15 Dec 2011
For a decade, St. Cloud State University has worked to change a broad climate of intolerance that had pervaded the campus of the second-largest university in Minnesota. It has struggled for years to overcome entrenched racism on campus and in the surrounding community. Minority enrollment and faculty of color have increased. The provost is Indian and the dean of education is Ghanaian. The number of discrimination complaints and lawsuits--once unusually high--has plummeted. Still, this fall, the campus was embroiled in protests over the firing of an Iranian administrator who had helped diversify enrollment. One lawsuit and one complaint alleging racial discrimination are pending. What is not in dispute is that St. Cloud surely had a long way to go to become a welcoming place for minorities, women, homosexuals and Jews. St. Cloud had already begun requiring incoming students to attend a half-day seminar on respecting other individuals and their rights and the penalties for violating those standards of conduct. A "racial issues requirement" was added. Students must take a course covering the history and structural nature of racism in the country.
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Jews, Racial Discrimination, Social Justice, Minority Groups, Minority Group Teachers, Student Diversity, Diversity (Faculty), Females, Homosexuality, Consciousness Raising, Cultural Pluralism, College Faculty, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota