In "Speaking of Race and Class," the follow-up volume to her groundbreaking "Race and Class Matters at an Elite College," Elizabeth Aries completes her four-year study of diversity at a prestigious liberal arts college. Here, the 58 studentsOCoaffluent, lower-income, black, and whiteOCothat Aries has interviewed since they were Amherst freshmen ...
In "Speaking of Race and Class," the follow-up volume to her groundbreaking "Race and Class Matters at an Elite College," Elizabeth Aries completes her four-year study of diversity at a prestigious liberal arts college. Here, the 58 studentsOCoaffluent, lower-income, black, and whiteOCothat Aries has interviewed since they were Amherst freshmen provide a complete picture of what and how each group learned about issues of race and class. Aries presents the studentsOCO personal perceptions of their experiences. She reveals the extent to which learning from diversity takes place on campus, and examines the distinct challenges that arise for students living in this heterogeneous community. Aries also looks more broadly at how colleges and universities across the country are addressing the challenges surrounding diversity. "Speaking of Race and Class" testifies to the programming and practices that have proven successful.
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Publishers Weekly, 2012-09-03 In this eye-opening follow-up to Race and Class Matters at an Elite College, Aries interviews the same 58 Amherst undergraduates from the class of 2009 after graduation. The students discuss their experiences and attitudes concerning race and class from the perspective of being affluent or low-income, and white or black, on a campus actively pursuing diversity. With coauthor Berman, Aries (a professor of psychology at Amherst) examines such issues as stereotyping, interracial dating, the effect of financial disparity on socialization, formal diversity curricula, self-segregation, and ability to communicate to family about campus experience. The extensive and well-edited interview material gives students a primary voice. By looking at race and class as two independent axes, rather than conflating them, and exploring the experiences of lower-income white and affluent black students, this study teases out the aspects of campus life in which the intersection of race and class may be relevant. While a diverse campus can reduce stereotyping and facilitate self-discovery and growth, cross-cultural understanding, and empathy, these benefits are not automatic and often not realized for students when their individual experiences are negative. Aries makes a compelling case for universities to manage the formal and informal learning environment on campus from a diversity perspective well beyond the admissions process. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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