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    Can Higher Education Meet the Needs of an Increasingly Diverse and Global Society?

    Campus Diversity and Cross-Cultural Workforce Competencies

    Uma M. Jayakumar, University of Michigan
    In this article, Uma Jayakumar investigates the relationship between white individuals’ exposure to racial diversity during college and their postcollege cross-cultural workforce competencies. Using survey data from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, housed in the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles, the author uses structural equation modeling to show that for whites from both segregated and diverse precollege neighborhoods, their postcollege leadership skills and level of pluralistic orientation are either directly or indirectly related to the structural diversity and racial climate of their postsecondary institutions, as well as their level of cross-racial interaction during the college years. The author concludes that postsecondary institutions may provide lasting benefits to white students by promoting a positive racial climate for a racially diverse student body. These findings support the theory put forth by Gurin, Dey, Hurtado, and Gurin (2002) for explaining the benefits of racial diversity at the postsecondary level.

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    Uma M. Jayakumar is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in higher education and organizational change at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her scholarship examines access and equity issues for students and faculty of color, with a focus on how higher education organizations shape individual behavior and experiences, and the impact of racial diversity and campus climate on student and societal outcomes relevant to an increasingly global society.


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    Winter 2008 Issue

    Abstracts

    Interview with Geeta Rao Gupta, International Center for Research on Women
    Editors
    Free Marketeers, Policy Wonks, and Yankee Democracy
    School Vouchers in New Hampshire, 1973–1976
    Jim Carl, Cleveland State University
    Can Higher Education Meet the Needs of an Increasingly Diverse and Global Society?
    Campus Diversity and Cross-Cultural Workforce Competencies
    Uma M. Jayakumar, University of Michigan
    Modeling Compassion in Critical, Justice-Oriented Teacher Education
    Hilary Gehlbach Conklin, University of Georgia
    Testing the Waters
    Three Elements of Classroom Inquiry
    Pat Clifford and Susan J. Marinucci, Galileo Educational Network Association

    Book Notes

    Realizing Bakke’s Legacy: Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Access to Higher Education
    Edited by Patricia Marin and Catherine L. Horn

    American Higher Education Transformed, 1940–2005: Documenting the National Discourse
    Edited by Wilson Smith and Thomas Bender

    Two Million Minutes: A Global Examination
    By Robert A. Compton (executive producer), Adam Raney (producer), and Chad Heeter (director)

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