Harvard Educational Review
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    Leaving the Space Better Than You Found It Through Song

    Music, Diversity, and Mission in One Black Student Organization

    SHERRY L. DECKMAN
    Deckman_HERIn recounting the history and present dynamics in the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, Sherry Deckman presents a portrait of what it means to leave a space better than you found it through song. The story of Kuumba—Harvard’s oldest black student organization and now its largest multicultural organization—is told through the experiences of Sheldon K. X. Reid, the group’s professional director. Issues and tensions of diversity and community surface, and we learn how Kuumba has become a space where lost cultural practices are revived through music to create a campus home and family for members of diverse backgrounds.

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    Sherry L. Deckman is an assistant professor of social and cultural foundations of education at Ithaca College. Her research focuses on diversity in higher education and teacher education. She is coauthor, with M. Pollock, M. Mira, and C. Shalaby, of “But What Can I Do? Three Necessary Tensions in Teaching Teachers about Race,” in the Journal of Teacher Education, and has written on engaging critical diversity in education reform in the forthcoming volume Leading Educational Change (Teachers College Press). Deckman began her work in education as a high school teacher in Washington, DC.
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    Summer 2013 Issue

    Abstracts

    Leaving the Space Better Than You Found It Through Song
    Music, Diversity, and Mission in One Black Student Organization
    SHERRY L. DECKMAN
    A Gifted Education
    GRAHAM OLIVER
    The Importance of Still Teaching the iGeneration
    New Technologies and the Centrality of Pedagogy
    THOMAS M. PHILIP and ANTERO D. GARCIA
    For Colored Kids Who Committed Suicide, Our Outrage Isn’t Enough
    Queer Youth of Color, Bullying, and the Discursive Limits of Identity and Safety
    Eric Darnell Pritchard

    Book Notes

    Beyond Binaries in Education Research
    edited by Warren Midgley, Mark A. Tyler, Patrick Alan Danaher, and Alison Mander

    Educational Experiences of Hidden Homeless Teenagers Living Doubled-Up
    Ronald E. Hallett