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    “We Are All for Diversity, but..."

    How Faculty Hiring Committees Reproduce Whiteness and Practical Suggestions for How They Can Change

    Özlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo
    Despite stated commitments to diversity, predominantly White academic institutions still have not increased racial diversity among their faculty. In this article Robin DiAngelo and Özlem Sensoy focus on one entry point for doing so—the faculty hiring process. They analyze a typical faculty hiring scenario and identify the most common practices that block the hiring of diverse faculty and protect Whiteness and offer constructive alternative practices to guide hiring committees in their work to realize the institution’s commitment to diversity.

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    Özlem Sensoy is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education, associate faculty in the Department of Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and affiliate faculty in the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures at Simon Fraser University. She teaches and conducts research in social justice in education, critical media literacy, and cultural studies in education. Her research has appeared in journals including Gender and Education, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, and Democracy & Education. She is the coeditor (with C. Stonebanks) of Muslim Voices in School: Narratives of Identity and Pluralism (Sense, 2009), and the coeditor (with E. Marshall) of Rethinking Popular Culture and Media (Rethinking Schools, 2016). Together, Robin DiAngelo and Özlem Sensoy coauthored the award-winning book Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education (Teachers College Press, 2017).

    Robin DiAngelo is a former associate professor of education. Her work is centered on whiteness studies and discourse analysis. She has written extensively on white racial identity and her articles have appeared in journals including Race, Ethnicity and Education, International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, and Equity & Excellence in Education. She is the author of What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy (Peter Lang, 2016) and White Fragility (Beacon Press, 2018). DiAngelo provides racial justice training for a wide range of public and private organizations. Together, Robin DiAngelo and Özlem Sensoy coauthored the award-winning book Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education (Teachers College Press, 2017).

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    Winter 2017 Issue

    Abstracts

    The Self in Social Justice
    A Developmental Lens on Race, Identity, and Transformation
    Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano
    What Meaning-Making Means Among Us
    The Intercomprehending of Emergent Bilinguals in Small- Group Text Discussions
    Maren Aukerman, Lorien Chambers Schuldt, ​Liam Aiello and ​Paolo C. Martin
    Symbols in the Strange Fruit Seeds
    What “the Talk” Black Parents Have with Their Sons Tells Us About Racism
    Raygine DiAquoi
    Unscripting Curriculum
    Toward a Critical Trans Pedagogy
    Harper Benjamin Keenan
    “We Are All for Diversity, but..."
    How Faculty Hiring Committees Reproduce Whiteness and Practical Suggestions for How They Can Change
    Özlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo

    Book Notes

    Growing Each Other Up
    Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

    Lower Ed
    Tressie McMillan Cottom

    Grit
    Angela Duckworth