Dr. Sean Walton is a lecturer in Higher Education Practice in the Centre for Educational Development at the University of Bradford. His research interests include critical pedagogy, the philosophy of education, and inclusive higher education policy and practice. He may be contacted at email@example.com.
Contemporary perspectives on diversity interventions: A dilemma for educators
Version of Record online: 26 JAN 2012
Copyright © 2012 Bridgepoint Education, Inc. and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture
Volume 2, Issue 4, pages 64–80, January 2012
How to Cite
Walton, S. (2012), Contemporary perspectives on diversity interventions: A dilemma for educators. J of Psych Issues in Org Culture, 2: 64–80. doi: 10.1002/jpoc.20080
- Issue online: 26 JAN 2012
- Version of Record online: 26 JAN 2012
The author considers and contrasts a number of contemporary viewpoints about the nature and potential impact of diversity interventions primarily within higher education institutions and across organizational cultures. He focuses on issues of race and racial inequality, although the principles and theoretical perspectives discussed could be applied to other areas where inequalities exist. The author also draws upon current perspectives on race, racism, and ways of making effective and meaningful diversity interventions, including views from critical pedagogy, critical race theory, and cosmopolitan thinkers. He concludes that the modern educator within higher education is faced with the dilemma of a choice between rejecting useful theoretical insights into the extent of racial discrimination and being resigned to making largely ineffective diversity interventions. A solution to the dilemma is briefly outlined.