Summary: The Importance Of Diversity In Higher Education

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Increasing the admissions of people of color is a step towards diversifying a college campus. Applying the addition of different, rich cultures on into the curriculum on campus will further increase the understanding of each student’s unique qualities. Aside from bringing students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds together, campuses have a duty to provide stimulating courses covering historical, cultural, and social bases of diversity and community. Faculty and administration must also create a variety of opportunities for students to interact in a setting that is racially and ethnically different from their own. They previously mentioned study conducted by Jonathan R. Alger, Jorge Chapa and the team of researchers proclaimed that …show more content…
In other words, while the presence of racially diverse students on campus is a necessity, it is not sufficient in and of itself or promoting growth. In 1990 the Ford Foundation took a step towards this diversification and released a statement saying, “To broaden the range of cultural and intellectual diversity in American higher education, the Foundation this year launched the Campus Diversity Initiative (CDI)” (Bernstein, 2015). The purpose of these initiatives is to seek to introduce diverse, multicultural points of view and opinions into the core curricula. A second way to promote diversity is to have a vast, divergent collection within the college library. When describing the University of Michigan 's commitment to diversity, Richard Parmater, emphasizes that the academic library serves as a mutual meeting place for all members of a college campus. From students, faculty, to staff members all use its sources and services. the library is the point of intersection of all groups on the campus. Other writers also recognize the library 's responsibility in not only coping with diversity, but also fostering it, and they identify the implications for library administrators (Butler, …show more content…
Chang and his team conducted a separate research to further study how higher education can reduce racial bias. He collected and analyzed data from a sample of undergraduate students to measure the relationship between racial prejudice and seven educational experiences (Chang et al. 2002). Chang found that “reduced levels of racial prejudice are associated both with enhancing students’ ability to adapt successfully to change, especially demographic and cultural shifts, and with developing students’ values and ethical standards through thoughtful reflection on arguments and facts” (Chang et al. 2002). Aside from developing the correct knowledge, college students also develop a thinking that is more deep, active, and critical. Moreover, when they confront their biases and change erroneous, information they will have the ability to apply their skills to these types of situations. Chang concludes by stating, “having students think in these ways about diversity-related issues do not only help to improve race relations but also promotes other educational goals that are widely shared and valued by the higher education community” (Chang et al.

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