the value of diversity in education
The "Educational Value of Diversity" appeared in the September 10, 2008 of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article discusses new research findings on "Student Body Racial and Ethnic Composition and Diversity-Related Outcomes in US Medical Schools." Researchers found that white students were more prepared to work with minority populations when their educations included a more racially and ethnically diverse student population. This article by Saha et al., appears in Volume 300 of JAMA, pages 1135-1145.
You may also view an article in the online journal Inside Higher Educaiton at:
"Doing Diversity in Higher Education"
In its January 12, 2009 news release, Inside Higher Education discusses the benefits and pitfalls of trying to "do diversity" at colleges and universities discussed in the newly released, Doing Diversity in Higher Education: Faculty Leaders Share Challenges and Strategies, edited by Winnifred R. Brown-Glaude and published by Rutgers University Press.
One section of the report notes the problems that can come from traditional departments and from those that diversify the curriculum (such as Women's Studies, Asian American Studies, African American Studies, etc.). In more traditional departments, the faculty may be primarily white males who may be more resistant to pushing for and offering diversity as an intitiative. Yet, in non-traditional departments, there can also be a general lack of support for long-lasting intitiatives that bring in creative activities, faculty, programs, etc., that promote diversity.
To read the entire article, go to: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/01/12/diversity