Gurin, Patricia, & Nagda, Biren
Getting to the What, How, and Why of Diversity on Campus
University of Michigan
What kinds of diversity initiatives and cross-racial interactions foster learning among diverse students?
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Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 20-24
- The authors discuss a new model, an integrative approach to diversity---intergroup dialogue.
- Intergroup dialogue brings diverse students together to explore their own and other group's identities, analyze how power and inequality affect their groups, and examine ways to bridge intergroup differences.
- Future research needs to address substantive and methodological issues to understand intergroup relations and diversity education.
- Researchers need to consider how these issues relate to diversity programs: pre-college diversity experience, classroom dynamics, race/ethnicity, stages of cognitive and emotional development.
- Methodology issues to consider are: selectivity, generalization, establishing impact and effect, latency of impact, and use of mixed methods.
Journal Article Theory
Contact Theory , Diversity, Intergroup Relations
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- The article reviews social-psychological theories that support diversity initiatives on college campuses and the standard models of diversity programs.
- Elaborate a model (intergroup dialogue) that uses group identities as resources for intergroup understanding and collaboration.
- Current model follows from Allport's model of intergroup harmony, Gaertner & Dovidio recategorization or common in-group identity model, and Taifel's identity model.