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The Impact of Diversity Initiatives on White Students—What Do the Students Say?

George Yancey

in Neither Jew Nor Gentile

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199735433
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866267 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735433.003.0004
The Impact of Diversity Initiatives on White Students—What Do the Students Say?

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This chapter utilizes data from an Internet survey of students at Protestant colleges and universities to investigate white students’ reaction toward diversity initiatives. The reaction majority group students have toward professors of color and diversity courses helps explain why such courses have potential for generating a positive racial atmosphere. Majority group students generally are receptive to altering their attitudes with such professors and courses and are especially likely to be influenced by professors they personally like. Student-led multicultural organizations also offer some promise of shaping the racial attitudes of white students. However, diversity programs tend to be ignored or rejected as unnecessary by white students.

Keywords: white students; professors of color; diversity courses; financial aid; student-led multicultural organizations; structural racism; protestant colleges and universities

Chapter.  8723 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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