Perspectives on Minority Women in Higher Education

Perspectives on Minority Women in Higher Education

Perspectives on Minority Women in Higher Education

Perspectives on Minority Women in Higher Education

Synopsis

Ethnic minority women in America's education system often feel that they have "two strikes against them." This volume brings together contributions by African-American, Hispanic, and other scholars who discuss various issues surrounding academic minority women, their dilemmas, and the roles they create for their successors. Subjects include the need for sensitization to cultural differences and methods for dealing with subtle and overt discrimination. The contributors call for support and networking systems, and make suggestions for conflict resolution.

Excerpt

Lynne Brodie Welch

This book, Perspectives on Minority Women in Higher Education, was a direct result of the International Conferences for Women in Higher Education sponsored by the University of Texas at El Paso. As I listened to women who are ethnic minorities in the United States, I was struck by the commonalities in their themes. Clearly, they said, there was little in the literature that discussed minority women in higher education. in the following chapters, the authors will give insight into some of the roles, issues, and dilemmas of minority women in higher education. It is hoped that these commentaries and research results will increase understanding and stimulate further inquiry regarding women who are ethnic minorities in institutions of higher education.

The authors repeatedly remark that few ethnic minority women can be found in higher education. They suggest that the campus climates are not friendly to them. Several mention that because they are both female and a member of an ethnic minority group, they have two strikes against them. Subtle and not-so-subtle discrimination against ethnic minority women is identified. Some of the authors suggest remedies to this discrimination by confronting it and educating others regarding nondiscriminatory modes of functioning.

An issue of concern to many of the authors in this book was the need . . .

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