Approaching diversity work in the university: Lessons from an American context

Jeffrey F. Milem, Mitchell J. Chang

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Scopus citations


Racial and ethnic diversity and the attendant challenges and benefits of multiculturalism in society are a worldwide phenomenon. As higher education is often the training ground for future social and political leaders, as well as the primary institution charged with the study of social problems, the educational benefits, and challenges of diversity in society are particularly relevant to institutions of higher learning. This chapter synthesizes the ongoing empirical research on the educational impact of racially and ethnically diverse university environments in a U.S. context and offers a framework of institutional practices based on that work to help administrators both respond to challenges and better harness-related benefits for all students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAs the World Turns
Subtitle of host publicationImplications of Global Shifts in Higher Education for Theory, Research and Practice
EditorsWalter Allen, Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth, Robert Teranishi
Number of pages31
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameAdvances in Education in Diverse Communities: Research, Policy and Praxis
ISSN (Print)1479-358X


  • Campus climate
  • Higher education
  • Multiculturalism
  • Racial/ethnic diversity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology


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