When Including Faculty of Color, Policies Aren't Enough

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When Including Faculty of Color, Policies Aren't Enough


Ezarik, Melissa, University Business


Subordinated and marginalized. That's how faculty of color at community colleges are feeling. While they tend to be highly committed to their institutions and students, they believe their potential contributions are being limited. It's all according to a new report from the California Community Cortege Collaborative (C4), based at the University of California, Riverside. The research consisted mainly of interviews with 36 faculty at four community colleges.

Polities and practices to create diversity exist, but they don't seem to be functioning well enough, says lead author John Levin, a professor of higher education at UC Riverside and director of C4.

The more than 1,100 U.S. community colleges educate most Hispanic students and students of color (i.e., African Americans, Asian/ Pacific Islanders), according to the American Association of Community Colleges. But in fall 2012, only 18 percent of faculty were in these groups. In California, more than half of two-year students are students of color; less than 30 percent of faculty are in these groups.

The disparity also exists at four-year institutions, says Levin. …

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