This timely book unpacks critical incidents occurring on college and university campuses across the nation. Featuring the voices of faculty, staff, and students, this edited volume offers an interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) challenges at the intersections of race, class, gender, and socioeconomic status, while illuminating lessons learned and promising practices. The narratives in this book articulate contemporary challenges, unpack real events, and explore both failed and successful responses, ultimately shining a spotlight on emerging solutions and opportunities for change.
Marrying theory and practice, Confronting Equity and Inclusion Incidents on Campus provides a framework for building more inclusive campuses that embody equity and the values of community. A key resource for professionals, students, and scholars of higher education, this volume provides understanding for fostering educational spaces that cultivate belonging among all members of higher education communities, including those historically underrepresented and marginalized.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction
1 Contesting Marginality and Traditions of Silence: Resisting Diversity’s Failures and Assumed Centers, and Setting the Course for Change
2 A Genealogy of "Diversity": From the 1960s to Problematic Diversity Agendas and Contemporary Activism
3 Dismantling the Trifecta of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The Illusion of Heterogeneity
Tina M. Harris
Part II: Interpersonal Context: Critical Conversations
4 Scholar-Mothers Navigating Maternal Microaggressions in the Academy: "You Should Be Home Snuggling Your Baby"
Lisa S. Kaler, Leah N. Fulton, Zer Vang, and Michael J. Stebleton
5 Managing the Classroom as a Military Veteran and Graduate Instructor: "Please Don’t Call Me By My First Name"
Dianna N. Watkins-Dickerson
Part III: Organizational Context: Pedagogical Limitations and Opportunities
6 Pedagogical Failures: Challenging Assumed Centers and Engendering Community Through Personal and Pedagogical Reflexivity
7 Envisioning Equity and Inclusion Through Art
Audra Buck-Coleman and Rashawn Ray
Part IV: Organizational Context: Becoming a Diversity Worker, Planning for Change, and Crafting Pathways Forward
8 Muslim Students Combatting Institutional Inertia with Participatory-Action Research
9 BIPOC Students Using Polyvocal Narratives, Co-Witnessing, and Spectral Engagement: "Seen" But Not Heard
Meshell Sturgis, Brian J. Evans, Anjuli Brekke, Andrea Delgado, and Erin Lee
10 Becoming Professors of Equity at San Diego State University: Reflecting on Professional Seminars on Implicit Biases and Microaggressions
Yea-Wen Chen, Feion Villodas, Felicia Black, Sureshi Jayawardene, Roberto Hernandez, Daniel L. Reinholz, and Thierry Devos
Part V: Organizational Context: Dealing with Organizational Culture and Climate
11 Experiencing Symbolic and Linguistic Violence at Predominately White Institutions as Student and Professor
Angela N. Gist-Mackey
12 Accented Others, Women, and Immigrants: A Conversation about Institutional Stalling and Dismissal
Anne C. Dotter and Cécile Accilien
Part VI: Community and Structural Challenges: Managing the Effects of Social Tensions
13 ‘The Blackface Incident’: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Under Fire at a Southern Women’s College
Jade C. Huell and Crystal U. Davis
14 The Ripple Effect of Bias, Hate, and Activism: A Nation in Crisis, a Campus in Turmoil, and Pathways Forward
Cherese F. Fine, Kendra D. Stewart-Tillman, DeOnte T. Brown, and Jerad E. Green
Part VII: Conclusion
15 Dealing with the Past and Preparing for "Diversity’s" Future: "Wicked" Problems and Multilevel Solutions for Higher Education
Hannah Oliha-Donaldson is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas, USA.