Diversity & the College Experience

Author(s): Aaron Thompson, Joseph B Cuseo

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2014

Pages: 240


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Diversity and the College Experience provides practical, research-based recommendations. This text contains specific action strategies recommended throughout.

This book will:

  • enhance student understanding and appreciation of diversity.
  • motivate students to experience diversity by identifying its benefits to educational, person and professional development
  • supply students with specific strategies for making the most of diversity in college and beyond.


Diversity and the College Experience is infused with the following principles of effective learning:

Reflections – a question is posed to activate thoughts and feelings about the chapter topic at the start of each.

Multiple Modes of Information Input – information is delivered through a variety of formats that include diagrams, pictures, and images.

Snapshot Summaries – boxes containing summaries of key concepts and strategies appear throughout the book.

“Did You Know?” Inserts – these contain historical milestones, interesting facts, and prevailing myths relating to diversity.

Sidebar Quotes – quotes from famous and influential people relate to and reinforce ideas discussed in the chapter.

Authors’ Personal Experiences – each chapter contains personal stories bases on the authors’ experiences as college professors, as student advisors, and as former college students.

Concept Maps – organize ideas into diagrams, images, and figures.

Internet Resources – provide additional information relating to the chapter’s major ideas.

Exercises – designed to help apply the material covered to college experiences and personal life.



About the Authors

Chapter 1 What Is Diversity?

The Spectrum of Diversity

What Is Racial Diversity?

What Is Culture?

What Is an Ethnic Group?

What Is Humanity?

What Is Individuality?

Diversity and the College Experience


Internet-Based Resources for Additional Information

Chapter Exercises

Chapter 2 Examining the Major Dimensions of Diversity

Ethnic and Racial Diversity

Native Americans (American Indians)

Hispanic Americans (Latinos and Latinas)

African Americans (Blacks)

Asian Americans

Gender Diversity: Women

Sexual Diversity: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT)

Socioeconomic Diversity

Diversity in Level of Education

Diversity in Occupational Prestige

Diversity in Income

International Diversity

Religious Diversity

Generational Diversity

Individual Diversity (Individual Differences)

Personality Traits

Abilities or Talents


Internet-Based Resources for Additional Information

Chapter Exercises

Chapter 3 The Benefits of Experiencing Diversity

Diversity Promotes Self-Awareness

Diversity Stimulates Social Development

Diversity Enriches the Multiple Perspectives Developed by a College Education

Dimensions of a Chronological Perspective: Past, Present, and Future

Historical Perspective

Contemporary Perspective

Futuristic Perspective

Dimensions of a Social–Spatial Perspective: From the Self to the Wider World around Us

The Perspective of Self

The Family Perspective

The Community Perspective

The Societal Perspective

The National Perspective

The International Perspective

The Global Perspective

The Perspective of the Universe

The Synoptic Perspective: Integrating Diverse Perspectives into a Unified Whole

Diversity Deepens Learning

Diversity Elevates the Quality of Thinking and Problem Solving

Diversity Stimulates Creative Thinking

Diversity Enhances Career Preparation and Career Success


Internet-Based Resources for Additional Information

Chapter Exercises

Chapter 4 Overcoming Stumbling Blocks and Barriers to Diversity: Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination


Denial of Privilege





Causes of Prejudice and Discrimination

Feeling Comfortable with the Familiar and Uncomfortable with the Unknown or Unfamiliar

Using Selective Perception and Selective Memory to Support Prejudicial Beliefs

Mentally Categorizing People into “In” and “Out” Groups

Perceiving Members of Other Groups as More Alike than Members of One’s Own Group

Tendency for Majority Group Members’ Attitudes to be More Strongly Influenced by Negative Behaviors Committed by Members of Minority Groups than by Members of their Own (Majority)


Rationalizing Prejudice and Discrimination as Justifiable

Strengthening Self-Esteem by Identifying with a “Superior” Group

A Personal Development Model for Overcoming Bias and Appreciating Diversity

Stage 1. Awareness

Stage 2. Acknowledgement

Stage 3. Acceptance

Stage 4. Action


Internet-Based Resources for Additional Information

Chapter Exercises

Chapter 5 Making the Most of Diversity in College and Beyond

Devising an Action Plan for Infusing Diversity into Your College Experience

Strategies for Acquiring Knowledge about Diverse Cultures

Strategies for Making Contact with Members of Diverse Groups

Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication Skills

Human Relations Skills (a.k.a. “People Skills”)

Taking a Leadership Role with Respect to Diversity

Reflect on Your Experiences with Diversity


Internet-Based Resources for Additional Information

Chapter Exercises




Aaron Thompson

Aaron Thompson is a nationally recognized leader in higher education with a focus on policy, student success and organizational leadership and design. He serves as President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and as professor of sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He recently served as interim president of Kentucky State University. Thompson holds a doctorate in sociology in areas of organizational behavior and race and gender relations.

His leadership experience spans 27 years across higher education, business and numerous non-profit boards. Thompson has researched, taught and consulted in areas of diversity, leadership, ethics, multicultural families, race and ethnic relations, student success, first-year students, retention, cultural competence and organizational design throughout his career.

As a highly sought after national speaker, Thompson has presented more than 800 workshops, seminars and invited lectures in areas of race and gender diversity, living an unbiased life, overcoming obstacles to gain success, creating a school environment for academic success, cultural competence, workplace interaction, leadership, organizational goal setting, building relationships, the first-year seminar, and a variety of other topics. He continues to serve as a consultant to educational institutions (elementary, secondary and postsecondary), corporations, non-profit organizations, police departments and other governmental agencies.

Thompson has published more than 30 publications and numerous research and peer reviewed presentations. He has authored or co-authored the following books: Changing Student Culture from the Ground Up, The Sociological Outlook, Infusing Diversity and Cultural Competence into Teacher Education, Peer to Peer Leadership: Changing Student Culture from the Ground Up. He also co-authored Thriving in College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success, Thriving in the Community College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development, Diversity and the College Experience, Focus on Success and Black Men and Divorce.

Joseph B Cuseo

Joe Cuseo holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Assessment from the University of Iowa and is Professor Emeritus of Psychology. For more than 25 years, he directed the first-year seminar—a core college success course required of all new students.
He’s a 14-time recipient of the “faculty member of the year award” on his home campus—a student-driven award based on effective teaching and academic advising; a recipient of the “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award” from the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition; and a recipient of the “Diamond Honoree Award” from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) for contributions made to student development and the Student Affairs profession.
+++__Currently, Joe serves as an educational advisor and consultant for AVID—a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the college access and college success of underserved student populations. He has delivered hundreds of campus workshops and conference presentations across North America, as well as Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

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