Diversity in the College Classroom: Knowing Ourselves, Our Students, Our Disciplines

Eugene Fujimoto, Fay Yokomizo Akindes and Roseann Mason (eds)

Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

DOI: 10.18848/978-1-61229-838-2/CGP

Diversity in the College Classroom is a collection of first-person narratives by multi-disciplinary faculty at the most racially diverse campus in the University of Wisconsin System. It reveals the complex, interior lives of college professors: how their experiences inform their teaching, relationships with students, and experimentation with innovative pedagogical approaches. All of the writers completed UW-Parkside’s Summer Institute: Infusing Diversity into the Curriculum. The starting point was looking within.

"Recent events at colleges and universities across the country have demonstrated that our campuses are fraught with tension around race, ethnicity, immigrant status, gender, sexuality, and all forms of perceived difference. Diversity in the College Classroom is a smart and timely response to how we ensure that ALL students are included and accepted at the college or university of their choice. Hopefully, faculty, administrators, and staff will make it a must read.” -Gloria Ladson-Billings, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison; author of Beyond the Big House and The Dreamkeepers


“This book is for postsecondary educators who are willing to take their masks off and confront themselves in a spirit of revolutionary self-reflection in the very same manner as the contributors to this volume…. the authors’ willingness to publicly check themselves, as they invite their learners to do the same in a spirit of mutual solidarity, is incredible.” -René Antrop-González, Metropolitan State University; author of Schools as Radical Sanctuaries


“The counternarratives included in this book reveal the profound difference between teaching from a discipline and teaching from the heart. At a time when educators are beleaguered and dispirited, you will be as heartened as I am by these stories of courage and renewal.” —Parker J. Palmer, Center for Courage & Renewal; author of The Courage to Teach, Healing the Heart of Democracy, and several other books

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 5.742MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, Illinois.

Dr. Eugene Fujimoto

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, USA

Eugene Oropeza Fujimoto is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at California State University Fullerton. He earned his Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. in applied behavioral science from City University, and B.A. in psychology from University of California-Santa Barbara. His research includes critical analysis of leadership in higher education, efforts to close racial achievement gaps, and the hiring of diverse faculty. He has worked for over 25 years in higher education in equity, diversity, and affirmative action and has taught in ethnic studies, organizational leadership, instructional leadership, and organizational theory. He most recently presented his work at the American Educational Research Association and the Critical Questions in Education Conference. He is motivated by the sacrifices of his Issei and Nisei ancestors and his children Lia, Yoshie, Isamu, and Marcos, who embody hope for the future.

Dr. Fay Yokomizo Akindes

Professor, Communication Department, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, USA

Fay Yokomizo Akindes is a professor of communication at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She earned a Ph.D. in mass communication and M.A. degree in telecommunication management from Ohio University and a B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Before graduate school, she worked in broadcast marketing and promotion in San Diego and Honolulu. Fay received UW-Parkside’s Stella Gray Teaching Excellence Award in 2004 and was a 2005 Fulbright Scholar, teaching at the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin, West Africa. She formerly directed UW-Parkside’s Center for Ethnic Studies and chaired the Communication Department. Currently, she is a faculty director of UW-Parkside’s Community-Based Learning & Research.

Roseann Mason

Retired, Sociology; Center for Community Partnerships, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, USA

Roseann Mason earned her B. A. in sociology and humanities from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1986 and began her career at UW-Parkside in 1987. While coordinating the Writing and Tutoring Center, she earned her Master’s Degree in writing from Northeastern University in Boston in 1993. From 1997-2000, she coordinated the Community Outreach Partnership Center, funded by a grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2000, she organized and implemented the Diversity Circles on Dismantling Racism, a campus-community effort to combat racism; Diversity Circles are now a part of the Sociology curriculum. She created and taught the ethnic studies course Understanding White Privilege. Her professional development includes: the Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership; Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement Certificate from the Fielding Graduate Institute; and Facilitating by Heart Certificate from Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received the UW System Board of Regents’ first Diversity Award in 2009.

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