Diversity & the College Experience

Author(s): Aaron Thompson, Joseph B Cuseo

Edition: 3

Copyright: 2022

Pages: 354


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Diversity, Anti-Racism, & The College Experience examines diversity, equity, and inclusion from a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates historical, sociological, psychological, and political factors. Blending hard empirical data with poignant personal stories, the book provides research-based practices for appreciating diversity, detecting and countering racist arguments, and engaging in anti-racism on both an individual and collective level.

More specifically, this book:

  • Defines diversity and delineates its various forms and dimensions
  • Articulates how diversity is an integral element of the college experience and documents its multiple benefits (personal, educational, and vocational) for college students
  • Analyzes and synthesizes common barriers to diversity appreciation, including bias (explicit and implicit), stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination
  • Offers a systematic, 4-step process for gaining awareness of personal biases and initiating interaction with members of diverse groups
  • Identifies key forms of individual, institutional, and systemic racism (housing, education, employment, criminal justice, etc.) and unearths their root causes
  • Supplies concrete, action-based strategies for: (a) refuting racist arguments with statistical evidence and compelling counterarguments, (b) forming alliances with victims of racial discrimination, and (c) taking civic action to dismantle societal systems that preserve racial inequities and perpetuate social injustice

 Preview of Content
 Chapter Sequence
 Content Presentation Style and Rationale
 Chapter Purpose and Preview
 Personal Experiences
 Sidebar Quotes
 Internet Resources
 Chapter Summary and Highlights
 Chapter Re­flections and Applications

About the Authors

CHAPTER 1 What Is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
 Chapter Purpose and Preview
 Diversity: Definition and Description
 Diversity and Culture
 Diversity and Humanity
 Diversity and Individuality
 What Is Inclusion? Equity?
 Diversity and the College Experience
 Chapter Summary and Highlights
 Internet Resources
 Reflections and Applications

CHAPTER 2 Forms and Varieties of Diversity
 Chapter Purpose and Preview
 Racial Diversity
 Ethnic Diversity
Native Americans (American Indians)
 Hispanic Americans (Latinos and Latinas or Latinx)
 African Americans (Blacks)
 Asian Americans

 The Growth of Racial and Ethnic Diversity in America
 Socioeconomic Diversity
The Widening Income Gap between the Rich and the Poor
 Declining Socioeconomic Mobility

Gender Diversity: Women
 Sexual-Orientation and Gender-Identity Diversity
 Religious Diversity
 Generational Diversity
 Chapter Summary and Highlights
 Internet Resources
 Reflections and Applications

CHAPTER 3 The Benefits of Diversity
 Chapter Purpose and Preview
 What Are the Educational Benefits of Diversity?
 Diversity Increases Self-Awareness and Self-Knowledge
 Diversity Widens, Deepens, and Accelerates Learning
 Diversity Strengthens Our Ability to ‑ ink Critically from Multiple Perspectives
 Diversity Enhances Creative ‑ inking and Problem-Solving
 Diversity Expands Social Networks and Builds Emotional Intelligence
 Diversity Enhances Career Preparation
 Diversity Reduces Group Prejudice and Discrimination
 Diversity Preserves Democracy

 Chapter Summary and Highlights
 Internet Resources
 Reflections and Applications

CHAPTER 4 Barriers to Diversity Appreciation: Implicit Bias, Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
 Chapter Purpose and Preview
 Stereotyping and Implicit Bias
 Hate Groups
 Hate Crimes
 Causes of Prejudice and Discrimination
 Discomfort with the Unknown or Unfamiliar
 Selective Perception and Selective Memory
 Categorizing People into “In” Groups and “Out” Groups
 Perceiving Members of Unfamiliar Groups as More Alike than Members of One’s Own Group
 Majority Group Members Overestimating the Frequency of Negative Behavior Exhibited by Minority Group Members
 Rationalizing Prejudice and Discrimination as Justifiable
 Strengthening Self-Esteem by Identifying or Associating with a “Superior” Group

Chapter Summary and Highlights
 Internet Resources
 Reflections and Applications

CHAPTER 5 Overcoming Bias, Combating Prejudice, and Developing Cultural Competence
 Chapter Purpose and Preview
 A Model for Overcoming Biases and Appreciating Diversity
Stage 1. Awareness
 Stage 2. Acknowledgment
 Stage 3. Acceptance
 Stage 4. Action

 Specific Strategies for Developing and Demonstrating Cultural Competence
 Strategies for Increasing Personal Contact and Interpersonal Interaction with Members of Diverse Groups
 Chapter Summary and Highlights
 Internet Resources
 Reflections and Applications

CHAPTER 6 Racism: Current Forms, Historical Roots, and Underlying Causes
 Chapter Purpose and Preview
 Racism Defined
 Origins and Root Causes of Racism
Economic Exploitation
 Political Racism
 Strategic Racism (a.k.a. White Identity Politics)
 Scientific Racism
 Religious Racism
 Cultural Racism
 Underlying Psychological Causes of Racism

 Current Forms and Varieties of Racism
 Racial Segregation
 Miscegenation Laws

 Chapter Summary and Highlights
 Internet Resources
 Reflections and Applications

CHAPTER 7 Understanding Systemic Racism, Part I: Housing, Education, and Employment
 Chapter Purpose and Preview
 What Is Systemic Racism?
The Economic System: Systemic Racism in Employment, Income, and Wealth
Employment and Income
 Root Causes for Racial Gaps in Income and Wealth
 The Great Migration
 Current Racial Gaps in Employment
 Hiring Bias

 The Housing System: Residential Choice and Home Ownership Opportunities
 White Resistance to Residential Integration
 Racial Zoning Ordinances
 Restrictive Covenants
 The Federal Government’s Role in Promoting Racial Segregation in Housing
 The New Deal and Redlining
 Government-Sanctioned Housing Discrimination during World War II and the Postwar Years
 The GI Bill and the Development of Racially Segregated Suburbs
 Racially Segregated Public Housing Projects
 Policies and Practices Leading to the Development of Urban Slums and Black Ghettos
 Urban Renewal and Slum Clearance Projects
 Relationship between Past Governmental Housing Policies and Current Gaps in Racial Wealth
 Discriminatory Private Real Estate Practices
 White Flight

 The Education System: Quality of Schools and Equality of Learning Opportunities
Roots of Systemic Racism in Education
 Inequitable School Funding Policies
 Racial Gaps in Educational Achievement
 The Role of Racially Integrated Schools in Closing the Educational Achievement Gap

 Chapter Summary and Highlights
 Internet Resources
 Reflections and Applications

CHAPTER 8 Understanding Systemic Racism, Part II: Health Care, Voting Rights, and Criminal Justice
 Chapter Purpose and Preview
 Health Care System: Access to Quality Medical Care and Equal Medical Treatment
 The Electoral System: Voting Rights and Political Representation
 The Criminal Justice System: Policing Practices, Legal Representation, and Sentencing Policies
Monitoring and Arrest
 Pretrial Detention
 Legal Representation
 Conviction and Sentencing
 Post-Incarceration Punishment
 Long-Term Impact of Incarceration on Employment and Income
 How the “War on Drugs” Has Contributed to Systemic Racism in Criminal Arrests and Incarceration Rates
 Implicit Racial Bias in the Perception, Detection, and Reaction to Crime
 Racial Bias in Police Arrest Practices

 Chapter Summary and Highlights
 Internet Resources
 Reflections and Applications

CHAPTER 9 Engaging in Anti-Racism and Advocating for Social Justice
 Chapter Purpose and Preview
 What Is Anti-Racism?
 Challenging Racist Remarks and Microaggressions
 Countering Common Racist Arguments with Evidence-Based Counterarguments
 Taking Collective Action to Combat Systemic Racism
 Using the Electoral Process to Combat Systemic Racism
 Electing Diverse Political Representatives
 Joining, Donating to, or Volunteering for Anti-Racist Organizations
 Engaging in Anti-Racist Allyship, Activism, or Protest
 Chapter Summary and Highlights
 Internet Resources
 Reflections and Applications



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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