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Diversity on Campus

reviewed by Ana M. Martinez Aleman - 2003

coverTitle: Diversity on Campus
Author(s): David Schuman
Publisher: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, Dubuque, Iowa
ISBN: 0787283797 , Pages: 348, Year: 2001
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David Shuman’s second edition of Diversity on Campus provides American undergraduates with encapsulated information about the socio-political history of race, sex, gender, and religion and its relationship to college life.  Probing questions related to these hotly contested issues abound in the text, inviting the reader to reflect and self-assess around such matters as same-sex relationships, racial distrust, and social class privilege.   No clear, concise and categorical answers to these questions are given, however.  The goal or “moral” of the book, according to the authors is to have students consider more closely and “think harder” about difference, deviance, and the unfamiliar.  In short, Diversity on Campus is designed with a particular audience in mind: the traditional American undergraduate endeavoring, whether by inclination, empathy or more likely than not curricular distribution requirement, to learn about “difference,” about “identity,” about “ diversity” in the context of college life---the ultimate goal being, one suspects, to inform post-collegiate life in an American democracy.  Thus, the intent of Diversity on Campus appears not to be heavy-handed... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 70-73
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10905, Date Accessed: 7/10/2020 4:08:26 PM

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  • Ana Martinez Aleman
    Boston College
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    ANA M. MARTINEZ ALEMAN is an Assistant Professor of Education at Boston College. Her research activities focus on the impact of gender, race and ethnicity on American higher education. She is currently at work on an examination of the ideal of community in higher education and the challenge of multiculturalism. Her recent publications include a chapter titled, "Identity, feminist teaching, and John Dewey" in Feminist Interpretations of John Dewey edited by C. H. Seigfried, "Community, higher education and the challenge of multiculturalism" (Teachers College Record), and "Multiculturalism and the mission of liberal education" (Journal of General Education).
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