THE DIVERSITY BLUES: Reframing the Diversity Agenda at HWCUs
NOTE: SEATING IS LIMITED. THIS IS A FIRST COME FIRST SEATED EVENT.
The Bishop C. C. McCabe Lecture Series features guest speaker Eduardo Bonilla-Silva.
Colleges across the nation are experiencing the “diversity blues.” Faculty and students of color complain about the racial climate on campus, lack of efforts to recruit and retain faculty of color, and a curriculum that is not inclusive among other things. So why are colleges experiencing the diversity blues years after having implemented polices to guarantee diversity and inclusion? In this talk, Professor Bonilla-Silva will argue that our diversity efforts have been formalistic rather than substantive. Colleges did not put in place polices to alter their organizational and cultural whiteness. Thus, years after they were “integrated,” they remain as HWCUs—historically white college campuses and universities. Explaining how the whiteness of HWCUs manifests itself in their history, demography, curriculum, tradition, and symbols will be the core of the presentation. At the end, Bonilla-Silva will examine the kind of policies and politics necessary to remove the W from HWCUs.