Study Finds That Minority Faculty at Community Colleges Feel Marginalized

home-bannerA report by the California Community College Collaborative at the University of California at Riverside finds that minority faculty members at community colleges feel marginalized and this causes them to limit what they contribute to their educational institution.

The report, entitled Community Colleges and Their Faculty of Color: Matching Teacher and Students, reached the following conclusions:

  • Faculty of color represent themselves as possessing different understandings of institutional life than their white colleagues.
  • Faculty of color view themselves as subordinated to their white colleagues, and in this process the social and cultural identities of faculty of color are suppressed.
  • Faculty of color represent themselves as critical players in community colleges, particularly in the education and development of students. This strong connection with the students, many of whom share similar backgrounds with faculty of color, appears to keep faculty of color in institutions that otherwise marginalize their racial and ethnic identities.

The report may be accessed here.


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