Academic journal article Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education: A Voice from the Margins

Academic journal article Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education: A Voice from the Margins

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education: A Voice from the Margins CP. Gause Sense Publishers, 2011 $29.00, softcover, 144 pages

In a world today termed as a 'global village' there are numerous issues which populations in various societies face. These issues may be regarded as social challenges and from such challenges people negotiate their interactions. For instance, in his book Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education: A Voice from the Margins, Gause talks about fear and how it relates to the past and current controversial issues such as the terrorist attacks of September 1 1 , 200 1 , first African- American President, oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Arizona Immigration Legislation of 2010, and the Global economic crisis 2008, and how globalization and internationalization have helped shape the ideology, philosophy, culture, linguistics, racial and ethnicity of the country to create a "melting pot" of the World. According to the author, the diversity of the United States, in addition to the technological and other advancements has played an important role in making the country the way it is.

Consequent of historical events, both good and bad, people today live out those remnants. From an educational perspective, Gause focuses discussions in his book on the influences historically institutionalized divisive ideologies have on human relations today in the United States of America. The content of this book identifies, for the reader, some of these deeply rooted ideologies that cause and sustain debilitating divisions among people while exploring ways of practically addressing these challenges.

C.P. Gause suggests for educators to first connect to themselves as individuals and then show effort towards a collective responsibility of truly representing their craft. The author offers that educators are direct figures of influence and as such must set the example to facilitate an atmosphere of inclusivity in willingness to take time to understand another's set of values and principles. In order to work towards progressive change, educators must recognize that what sustains practices are the governing institutionalized policies which readily go unquestioned but serve as impetus to breeding continued disharmony among people. …

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