Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Letters from the Future: Linking Students and Teaching with the Diversity of Everyday Life

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Letters from the Future: Linking Students and Teaching with the Diversity of Everyday Life

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Letters From the Future: Linking Students and Teaching with the Diversity of Everyday Life, by Michelle Howard-Vital (Foreword) and editors Deborah A. Brunson, Brenda Jarmon, Linda L. Lampl, $24.95, Stylus Publishing (December 2006), ISBN-10: 1579221874, ISBN-13: 978-1579221874, 294 pp.

A simple idea--let former students tell what they learned in courses on diversity--makes this book a bold and creative instrument for preparing students for real-world challenges. Narratives from graduates of all races, ethnicities and abilities, written as letters to the instructors they had for diversity courses, illuminate the state of training for living and working in increasingly multicultural, nonsexist and accessible environments.

As graduate after graduate describes the value realized from one course, one professor or one lesson, the reader senses optimism for the future.

"We recognize hope when we see it," the editors say in conclusion. "And we see it shining brightly in this collection of chapters that present pedagogies about the teaching of differences within and between human groups--more commonly known as 'diversity. …

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