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Privilege and Diversity in the Academy


reviewed by Vielka V. Holness — December 14, 2007

coverTitle: Privilege and Diversity in the Academy
Author(s): Frances A. Maher and Mary Kay Thompson Tetreault
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 0415946654, Pages: 232, Year: 2006
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Privilege and Diversity in the Academy is an ambitious effort to provide insight into the historical and national societal contexts that supply the framework for the development, maintenance and resistance against notions of privilege and diversity within higher education in the United States. Frances A. Maher, a Professor of Education at Wheaton College, and Mary Kay Thompson Tetreault, Provost Emerita at Portland State University, have succeeded in this enormous undertaking by challenging themselves and their readers to think rigorously and inclusively about the terms at the heart of this text (“privilege” and “diversity”) and by narrowing their analysis to an assessment of three universities.   The authors insist on an understanding of “privilege” and “diversity” which avoids the usual pitfall of contrasting “diversity” with “excellence.” Traditionally, in assessments of modern higher education, these words are used as opposing poles thereby setting up a presumptive norm of White, upper middle class, male,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 14, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14860, Date Accessed: 9/20/2017 3:33:26 AM

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  • Vielka Holness
    New York University
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    VIELKA V. HOLNESS is the inaugural Director of the Office of the Master’s College at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University. She was previously affiliated with Columbia University as Director of Equal Opportunity Training.
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