The Importance Of Diversity For Minority Students

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All students should have access to a diverse staff. The Assessment of Diversity in America’s Teaching Force (2004) states that more minority teachers would provide opportunities for all students to learn about ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity, and serve as cultural brokers, able not only to help students navigate their school environment and culture, but also to increase the involvement of other teachers and parents. It is important for all students to interact with people who look and act differently than they do in order to build social trust and create a wider sense of community. The benefits of diversity are not just for minority students. They are also important for white students (Boser, 2014). Furthermore, research shows that minority teachers often serve in a variety of capacities, such as role models, surrogate parents, disciplinarians, counselors, and advocates for minority students across the nation (Hudson & Holmes, 1994). Additionally, minority teachers often conveys the expectation that minority students can and will succeed to all stakeholders. Studies have also shown that teachers of color have higher performance expectations for students of color from their own ethnic group (Assessment of Diversity in America 's Teaching Force: A Call to …show more content…
By 2003, at least thirty states in the U.S. had adopted minority teacher recruitment policies (Education Commission of the States 2003). There are numerous programs and initiatives to counter the racial disparity in the education field, which are having a direct impact on the most recent

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