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- DescriptionAre cultural centers ethnic enclaves of segregation, or safe havens that provide mirity students with social support that promotes persistence and retention? In the first part of this volume, the contributors provide perspectives on culture centers from the point of view of various racial/ethnic identity groups, Latina/o, Asian, American Indian, and African American. Part II offers theoretical perspectives that frame the role of culture centers from the point of view of critical race theory, student development theory, and a social justice framework. Part III focuses specifically on administrative and practice-oriented themes, addressing such issues as the relative merits of full- and part-time staff, of race/ethnic specific as opposed to multicultural centers, relations with the outside community, and integration with academic and student affairs to support the mission of the institution. For administrators and student affairs educators who are unfamiliar with these facilities, and want to support an increasingly diverse student body, this book situates such centers within the overall strategy of improving campus climate, and makes the case for sustaining them. Where ne as yet exist, this book offers a rationale and blueprint for creating such centers. For leaders of culture centers this book constitutes a valuable tool for assessing their viability, improving their performance, and ensuring their future relevance.
- Author BiographyLori Patton joined the faculty at Iowa State University in Fall 2005 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Her teaching repertoire includes courses that focus on student development theory, college environments, critical race theory, and African American Studies.
- PublisherStylus Publishing
- Date of Publication15/12/2010
- SubjectEducation & Teaching
- Place of PublicationSterling, VA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStylus Publishing
- Content Noteblack & white tables, frontispiece, figures
- Weight295 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edited byLori D. Patton
- Foreword byGloria Ladson-Billings
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