INCLUSION, EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Gender/Ethics Programs and Multiculturalism
While diversity increases throughout the U.S., it has grown considerably in higher education dramatically. In this process, the increasing diversity and inequities of college students call for institutional action in multicultural education. As students cannot be expected to learn about different cultures simply by being placed in a diverse population. Rather, students need to communicate and interact with people in order to have opportunities to learn about different cultures. So it is critical for universities to serve as cultural facilitators to help build environments for various backgrounds of students with diversity awareness and education. Universities’ gender and ethics programs provided students opportunities to engage in diversity and multiculturalism. Therefore, this study was designed to examine how these programs at a U.S. public university support the university’s diverse student population. I especially focused on whether these organizations committed to diversity and multicultural education as well as if they provided interactive platforms for students of varying cultural backgrounds. Some preliminary findings identified that these programs strived to address educational inequalities by empowering underrepresented students to complete higher education, creating environments that promote students’ social engagement, and promoting educational access and success.
To assess whether universities’ gender and ethics programs could help create equal educational opportunities for all students, including those from different racial, ethnic, and social-class groups. To evaluate whether gender and ethics programs encourage or segregate students from different cultures and groups. To understand how universities could diversify their campuses to remedy issues of social injustice, increase enrollment, and improve the quality of student learning. To summaries practical strategies that universities could provide to students with resources and services in multicultural education on campuses.
Ms Yi Zhou
PhD Student, Higher Education Administration and Policy program,
University of California Riverside,
Yi Zhou is a PhD student in the Higher Education Administration and Policy program at the University of California, Riverside. Before she joined the program, Yi earned her Master of Education at the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a university administrator in both the U.S. and China.