At a moment when college campuses have become a new front in the culture wars, Race on Campus offers a research-based analysis of racial dynamics and student life that serves as a much-needed rejoinder to the scorching rhetoric. Julie J. Park addresses several major myths about diversity on campus including charges of pervasive self-segregation, misconceptions about affirmative action, and the theory of mismatch. Park tackles these thorny issues by unpacking the myths and mindsets that too often shape thinking about diversity and its effect on college life.
Engagingly written and unflinching in its analysis, Race on Campus dissects widely held misconceptions about diversity and spotlights its salutary effects on the college-campus experience.
"In Race on Campus, Julie Park does just what the title promises--investigates with empirical rigor persistent questions surrounding diversity in college admissions and campus life and makes research-based recommendations for public policy and institutional practice. Authoritative in content yet accessible in tone, it should be mandatory reading for every college administrator!"
--Beverly Daniel Tatum, author, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, and president emerita, Spelman College
"Park cuts through the many false narratives around affirmative action, presenting accessible, evidence-based arguments for why race still matters in higher education. A must-read for anyone interested in better understanding how race does, and more importantly does not, play out before and after students arrive to selective college campuses."
--Lorelle Espinosa, assistant vice president, American Council on Education
Julie J. Park is an associate professor of education at the University of Maryland, College Park.