Creating Campus Cultures: Fostering Success Among Racially Diverse Student Populations
Publish Date: 2011-12-15
Many colleges and universities have not engaged in the critical self-examination of their campuses necessary for effectively serving racially diverse student populations. This timely edited collection provides insights into how campus cultures can and do shape the experiences and outcomes of their increasingly diverse college student populations. By cultivating values, beliefs, and assumptions that focus on including, validating, and creating equitable outcomes among diverse undergraduate students, an institution canfoster their success.While attention to campus climate is critical for gauging the nature of an institutions culture and how students are experiencing the campus environment, changes in climate alone will not lead to holistic and deep rooted institutional transformation.Moving beyond previous explorations of campus racial climates, Creating Campus Cultures addresses the considerable institutionally embeddedobstacles practitioners face as they attempt to transform entrenched institutional cultures to meet the needs of diverse student bodies. A broad range of chapters include voices of students, new research, practical experiences, and application of frameworks that are conducive to success. This book will help student affairs and higher education administrators navigate this increasingly difficult terrain by providing practical advice on how to foster success among racial minority students and enact long-term, holistic change at any institution.