How to Engage in Difficult Conversations on Identity, Race, and Politics in Higher Education addresses the polarized political and racialized climate in the United States. This practical resource offers faculty and staff much needed direction related to hosting difficult conversations as they occur in the classroom, residence halls, orientation events, and coffee shops around college and university campuses. Chapters provide insights, case examples, interactive exercises, and "how-to" tools and tips to hosting these conversations, covering issues such as immigration, White supremacy in academia, women’s rights, the Black Lives Matter movement, trans rights, reproductive rights, and cancel culture, among many others. This resource is designed to better prepare instructors, faculty, higher education staff and administrators to enter into these hard conversations with an improved awareness of contentious issues and how to facilitate, and potentially de-escalate, discussions that are already occurring.
Preface Part 1: Foundational Topics Chapter 1 Setting the Table Chapter 2 Leaning into Difficult Conversations Chapter 3 Where and How to Have the Conversation Part II: Having the Hard Conversation Chapter 4 Covid-19 Pandemic: Masks, Vaccines, Freedom, and Sacrifices Chapter 5 Immigration and Xenophobia Chapter 6 White Supremacy in Academia Chapter 7 Black Lives Matter Chapter 8 Police Reform and the Defund the Police Movement Chapter 9 Women’s Rights Chapter 10 Reproductive Rights and Abortion Chapter 11 LGBTQ+ Sexuality & Gender Chapter 12 Antisemitism Chapter 13 Disability Rights and Access Chapter 14 Cancel Culture Chapter 15 Firearms and the Second Amendment Contributors