Diversity in the College Classroom

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Diversity in the College Classroom is a collection of first-person narratives by multi-disciplinary faculty at the most racially diverse campus in the University of Wisconsin System. It reveals the complex, interior lives of college professors: how their experiences inform their teaching, relationships with students, and experimentation with innovative pedagogical approaches. All of the writers completed UW-Parkside’s Summer Institute: Infusing Diversity into the Curriculum. The starting point was looking within. “Recent events at colleges and universities across the country have demonstrated that our campuses are fraught with tension around race, ethnicity, immigrant status, gender, sexuality, and all forms of perceived difference. Diversity in the College Classroom is a smart and timely response to how we ensure that ALL students are included and accepted at the college or university of their choice. Hopefully, faculty, administrators, and staff will make it a must read.” -Gloria Ladson-Billings, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison; author of Beyond the Big House and The Dreamkeepers “This book is for postsecondary educators who are willing to take their masks off and confront themselves in a spirit of revolutionary self-reflection in the very same manner as the contributors to this volume…. the authors’ willingness to publicly check themselves, as they invite their learners to do the same in a spirit of mutual solidarity, is incredible.” -René Antrop-González, Metropolitan State University; author of Schools as Radical Sanctuaries “The counternarratives included in this book reveal the profound difference between teaching from a discipline and teaching from the heart. At a time when educators are beleaguered and dispirited, you will be as heartened as I am by these stories of courage and renewal.” —Parker J. Palmer, Center for Courage & Renewal; author of The Courage to Teach, Healing the Heart of Democracy, and several other books